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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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

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

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

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Members in the News

October 26, IWF NorCal member Pamela J. Joyner, trustee at the Getty Trust, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Americas Foundation, is highlighted in this New York Times article "Black Trustees Join Forces to Make Art Museums More Diverse." She also offered IWF members a behind-the-scenes "Activism Through Collecting: Exploring African-American Art" at last week's IWF World Leadership Conference.

October, IWF NorCal member Jennifer Bielstein, Executive Director of American Conservatory Theater, was named one of the 25 Most Influential San Franciscans in San Francisco Magazine, which honored “local luminaries leading the change in our community. From arts advocates to innovators finding solutions to current challenges, these formidable forces drive change, pushing San Francisco toward the greater good.”

October 12, IWF NorCal member and San Francisco Business Times & Silicon Valley Business Times publisher Mary Huss' interview with the Nob Hill Gazette "Managing Change with Mary Huss" was published on October 3 and is available here. We also congratulate Mary and the SFBT for a success virtual celebration of the 2020 Most Influential Women in the Bay Area on October 9. IWF Northern California is a proud non-profit sponsor of the event.

In Memoriam

October 1, Our beloved IWF NorCal member, and former board member, Jane Bowyer recently lost her husband Stu of over 60 years to COVID-19 (see obituary)Jane has recovered from COVID-19 and is at home. We send our love and condolences. October 15, New York Times article: Stuart Bowyer, Astronomer Who Lent His Ear to the Cosmos, Dies at 86.

Recent Events

Webinar: The Electoral College Explained

October 12, attorney and author Bill Petrocelli (husband of IWF NorCal member Elaine Petrocelli) discussed the Electoral College and the content of his newest book, Electoral Bait & Switch. It was an informative and timely discussion of the complex system supporting the election of the U.S. president. Members may view the recording here.

Virtual Workshop: Is 2020 The Year You Build Your Influence as a Thought Leader?

September 8 & October 6, IWF NorCal member, thought leadership consultant and author Denise Brosseau led two engaging and customized workshops for members, explaining what it means to be  a thought leader and providing tools and strategies to make a difference, and what it takes to scale ideas to reach the widest possible audience, both online and off. Members may view the recording and download the presentation slides here

Webinar: The Supreme Court after RBG

September 24, IWF NorCal member and attorney Barbara B. Creed conducted a special webinar to pay tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her legacy and important Court decisions, and discuss potential scenarios for the Supreme Court as her position is filled. Members may view the recording here. 

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Rosalind Litchfiled 

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Sara McVey

Sequoia Living
President & CEO

Legacy Foundation

Annual Legacy Foundation Celebration -- Celebrating 25 Years 

October 2, At last night's Legacy Celebration, we celebrated 25 years of leadership and impact as a vibrant Legacy communityWe proudly announced $10,000 in additional grants across our Legacy Partner Communityrecognizing the pivots these non-profits were required to make to continue serving their communities. We learned fromand formally recognizedan amazing local leader, April Grayson, whose life work is giving incarcerated women a voice. We gleaned insights from past Legacy leaders and initiatives, while we briefly shared our wants for Legacy's future. Finally, we had a little competitive fun as we announced the winners of our Legacy AuctionRead more.

A Matter of Simple Justice: The Untold Story of Barbara Franklin and a Few Good Women - The Peninsula Book Club will be welcoming Carol Marshall on October 28 to discuss the book and work in support of the 19th amendment. An interview with the Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin is available here.

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members

    Videos from past webinars available here.

    IWF NorCal Town Hall Session #1 
    Monday, October 26 | 5:00 pm

    IWF NorCal Town Hall Session #2
    Tuesday, October 27 | 4:00 pm

    IWF NorCal Town Hall Session #3 
    Wednesday, October 28 | 8:00 am

    Virtual Peninsula Book Club 
    Wednesday, October 28 | 6:00 pm

    Global Fund for Women's Film Rising Power
    Monday, November 2 | 5:00 pm 

    Powering Up the Virus of Positivity 
    Thursday, November 5 | 5:00 pm

    Pop Up! Sacramento Virtual Happy Hour 
    Monday, November 9 | 5:00 pm

    Community Leader Felecia Gaston
    Thursday, November 12 | 5:00 pm

    Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, November 16 | 6:30 pm

    Saving Local Children from Sex Traffickers 
    Wednesday, November 18 | 4:00 pm

    IWF NorCal Virtual "Meet Up" 
    Monday, November 23 | 4:00 pm


    Holiday Party
    December - TBD

    Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 


    > Stay informed The Scoop #17 - And Suddenly, It's Autumn! and other messages from President Barbara Adachi are available here.

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    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