Our Community

We are a true sisterhood representing collective values and interests. We serve both the IWF member community and the external community where we live and work, with a shared goal of giving back, including advancing the next generation of young women leaders. View our 2021 Annual Report *NEW*

Our 2021 Community Celebration was held on November 10th. Members may view the recording here.

IWF Northern California is an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an invitation-only, member organization comprised of more than 7,500 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations across 74 local forums. View the IWF Brochure and latest IWF news.

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Members in the News

June 27, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Hafize Gaye Erkan, who has been appointed as CEO of Greystone, effective immediately. Her executive responsibilities will commence in September 2022. “I am honored to become CEO at this exciting moment in Greystone’s history and to serve our clients, partners, and dedicated colleagues. I look forward to utilizing my expertise in banking and wealth management to expand Greystone into new areas of financial services and build on the Company’s strong foundation in real estate finance,” Ms. Erkan said. See press release.

June 21, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Heidi Kuhn, Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace, which celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special commemoration in Assisi, Italy, known worldwide as the "City of Peace." For the past 25 years, Roots of Peace has worked in war-torn countries around the world to remove the remnants of war, landmines and unexploded ordinances, and restore the land in order to rebuild peaceful communities for generations to come. See press release

Recent Events

An Escape Room Adventure

June 12, IWF NorCal members and guests went on an Escape Room adventure at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The group successfully solved the puzzle challenges in the Great Houdini Escape Room, and proved themselves worthy of the title Master Escape Artist! What a fun way to get to know one another! 

2022 Dine Arounds

June 9, IWF NorCal members gathered at member homes in the East Bay, Peninsula and San Francisco for dine arounds, a cherished IWF tradition. Thank you to our hosts Barbara Adachi, Cynthia Kasabian, Debra Plousha-Moore, Karen Silverman, and Vanessa Washington, for welcoming members into their beautiful homes. It was truly an evening of Fun, Friendship, and Food! 

Walk & Talk in Lafayette

June 4, IWF NorCal members gathered for a "walk and talk" around the Lafayette Reservoir. Led by Board member Beth Devin, it was a lovely morning.

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Susan Hamilton

Senior Executive Vice President, Private Wealth Management & Head of Wealth Services

First Republic Bank 

Rhea Suh

President and CEO
Marin Community Foundation

Laura Heisman

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Community Partner Engagement Opportunities

Meet the members of our Community Committee and learn more about our existing Community Partners! The Community Committee is currently working on more engagement opportunities for members. Please stay tuned.

2021 Annual Report

April 20, we are excited to share our 2021 Annual Report. Another extraordinary year, 2021 was about resilience as our members remained engaged and supported each other while enduring another year of the pandemic. 

     PROGRAMS see all >

    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members 

    Summer Camp
    Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 17

    Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, July 18 | 5:30 pm

    Signature Event: New Connections Luncheon
    Saturday, July 23 | 11:00 am

    Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, August 16 | 5:30 pm

    Webinar: Leadership Success 
    Wednesday, October 26 | 5:00 pm

    IWF World Leadership Conference 
    November 1 - 3 | Las Vegas, NV

    Videos from past webinars available here.


    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.

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