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Northern California

Our members are trailblazers, dynamic and diverse thought leaders forging connections, inspiring leadership, helping the next generation of leaders across the Bay Area from Sacramento to Monterey since 1979.   
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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

The Legacy Foundation

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

Legacy 2019 Annual Report.


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Members in the News

February 5, IWF NorCal member and founder and CEO of The RealReal Julie Wainwright is featured in a WSJ Magazine article titled "How the Failure of Pets.com Spurred Julie Wainwright’s RealReal Success." Read article.

Recent Events

Lunar New Year Dinner

February 11, Members enjoyed a traditional Lunar New Year’s feast at the Harborview Restaurant in San Francisco. Special thanks to IWF NorCal member Eleanor Chang who organized the festivities and guided everyone through the delicious dishes and traditions!

Behind the Scenes: Dandelion Chocolate

February 7, Members went "behind the scenes at Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco. IWF NorCal member Nanette Lee Miller organized a cool factory tour and delicious tasting with champagne. What a treat!

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Latanya Mapp Frett

Global Fund for Women

Jill Reber

Primitive Logic

Our Members Tell Our Story

Dianne Patterson: IWF has been a constant in my life since 1990 when I was inducted into the first class of the Dallas Forum. For 10 years, I served on that board in nearly every capacity ending my tenure as president during our 10th Anniversary Year, 2000. That decade took me to every national and international conference IWF held throughout the world. In that time, our amazing organization became a never- ending source of friendship and inspiration because of the outstanding members. Now I am retired, and my husband and I live in three cities: Dallas, New York, and San Francisco where I am a member of all the Forums. Read more.

Legacy Foundation

Paying it Forward with Legacy

When I asked IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation board members what Legacy means to them, these were the words they used. As a Legacy Boardwe are proud to be conveners and connectors of a community bridging IWF NorCal members and dynamic San Francisco Bay Area leaders. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Legacy Foundation. To celebrate, we will seek to highlight the many ways in which Legacy has furthered its mission--whether through sponsoring IWF Fellows, supporting selected Legacy Partners, or advancing each others' journeys to "pay it forward." Today, I share a tool that I've found useful in my own "pay it forward" journey. Read more. -- Jodi Morris, President, IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation

President's Tea

February 6, The President's Tea is a special tradition where past IWF NorCal presidents gather to welcome the new IWF NorCal president. The recent celebration was for 2020-2021 president Barbara Adachi. Learn more about IWF NorCal's leadership.

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by members, for members

Videos from past webinars available here.

Events with Rosabeth Moss Kanter
March 2 - 4 | Various locations

They Promised Her the Moon
Sunday, March 8 | Palo Alto

IWF-MedShare Save Mothers & Newborns
Saturday, March 21 | San Leandro

The Band's Visit
Sunday, May 31 | San Francisco

Summer Camp - Save the Dates!
June 5 - 7 | Healdsburg

Vietgone, Part 2
Sunday, June 28 | San Francisco

IWF NorCal Travels to Utah
August 18 - 23 | St George, Cedar City & Zion


New Connections Luncheon
Saturday, June 20 | San Francisco

Legacy Celebration
Thursday, October 1 | San Francisco

Holiday Party (at the Aviation Museum)
Tuesday, December 1 | Peninsula


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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.

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