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 >
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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.
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.
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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
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 now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency.”
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Videos from past webinars available here.
Virtual Peninsula Book Club
Virtual Community Meet Up
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 5:00 pm
Saving Children from Sex Traffickers
U.S. Supreme Court Update (Session 2)
Champions of Racial Equality Discussion
Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club
IWF Alabama: Genetics and Health
Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club
Visiting IWF Global Members
Are you an IWF member visiting the San Francisco Bay Area? Please contact IWF Northern California's President at President.IWFNorCal@gmail.com to connect with local members while you are in town.