International Women's Forum Northern California

IWF Northern California is a vibrant community of accomplished and diverse women leaders and part of a global network of 7,000 members across 34 countries. We strive to be agents of change to advance women’s leadership and champion equality worldwide. Through our curated events, we bring together multi-generations of women to learn, share perspectives, and support one another in intimate settings. We are a true sisterhood of extraordinary women whose foundation is built on our core tenets of leadership, friendship, community and inspiration.  READ MORE >  

IWF Local Forum Template

IWF-Northern California is an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an invitation-only, member organization comprised of more than 7,000 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. IWF OVERVIEW VIDEO

The Legacy Foundation

Legacy works to improve the status of women and foster the development of future women leaders. READ MORE > 

Preview our 2020 Annual Report


On October 21, IWF NorCal member Heidi Kuhn was honored as one of three women whose "Ideas Are Remaking the World!"

 NEWS see all >

Members Tell Our Story

January 18, On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a gift from IWF NorCal member Debra Plousha-Moore, who shares her beautiful and personal reflections through Dr. King's words. "In celebration of the life, achievements, and sacrifice fo the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we pause annually to reflect on his words and messages. The words of Dr. King are impactful. They help influence and add to our journey to the full appreciation of diversity, the true meaning of equityand justice, the creation of equal access, and the value of inclusion. Read more.

Members in the News

January 19, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Nuria Fernandez who will be joining the Biden administration to serve in the U.S. Department of Transportation! Nuria, who has led Santa Clara County's Valley Transportation Authority for the past seven years as CEO and general manger said “Now I will be stepping into a national role that is bigger and broader yet will have profound impacts at the local level.” Read more.

January 4, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Melinda Yee Franklin who will be joining JPMorgan Chase Bank in the newly created role of West region executive for community engagement, based in San Francisco. In her new role, part of Chase's corporate responsibility team, Melinda will work with teams in the West, including California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington state. Read more.

Recent Events  

Signature Event: 2020 Annual Holiday Party

December 17, Over 100 members came together to celebrate the holidays through fun virtual experiences made possible by IWF NorCal member and First Republic President and Board Member Hafize Gaye Erkan. After a group toast, members participated in Broadway Roulette, Sip & Paint and a Speakeasy/Mixology class. This was our final event for 2020 and we wish everyone happy holidays!

Holiday Book Review with Book Passage

December 7, IWF NorCal member and Book Passage owner Elaine Petrocelli and Luisa Smith, Book Passage's Buying Director hosted the annual holiday book review virtually for members. Elaine and Luisa shared their insights on books worth reading and gifting as we head into the holidays. From the best novels to engrossing non-fiction, entertaining children's books and beautiful keepsake gift books, there is something for everyone! Members may download the book list and watch the recording here.

NEW Members see more>

Kimberly Brandon

Kimberly K. Brandon

Deborah Sims

D.Morgan Sims Group
Principal & CEO

Robin Hauser

Finish Line Features
President / Director

Legacy Foundation 

President's Message: Your Belief in Legacy

January 14, "When I think about our IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation—how we collectively further the leadership of women in our community, and how proud I am of what Legacy has accomplished over 25 years—I think of all of you. That's why I'm excited to share some good news with you: With your belief and support of the Legacy Foundation, we raised nearly $48,000 last year. To all of our donors and partners—we cannot say thank you enough." -- Jodi Morris 
Read more.

A Time for Leadership

IWF NorCal member Debra Plousha-Moore’s favorite quote from Dr. King:

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of nowIn this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency.”

     PROGRAMS see all >

    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members

    Videos from past webinars available here.

    Virtual Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, January 19 | 6:00 pm

    Virtual Community Meet Up 
    Thursday, January 21 | 4:30 pm

    Signature Event: Annual Meeting 

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 5:00 pm 

    Saving Children from Sex Traffickers 
    Wednesday, February 3 | 4:00 pm

    U.S. Supreme Court Update (Session 2) 
    Thursday, February 4 | 5:00 pm

    Champions of Racial Equality Discussion 
    Thursday, February 11 | 5:00 pm

    Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, February 15 | 5:30 pm

    IWF Alabama: Genetics and Health 
    Wednesday, February 17 | 4:00 pm

    Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, March 15 | 5:30 pm


    > Stay informed Let's Talk - It's time to hear from our members and other messages from President Barbara Adachi are available here.

    Caring Circle 

    Champions of Racial Equality

    Community Corner

    Update Your Profile

    Nominate a New Member

    Download Member App

    IWF NorCal Facebook Page

    Member Directory 

    Visiting IWF Global Members

    Are you an IWF member visiting the San Francisco Bay Area? Please contact IWF Northern California's President at to connect with local members while you are in town.

    Contact us at           1040 El Camino Real #205, Burlingame, CA 94010            415-227-9987