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. "SoundbitesREAD 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

The Legacy Foundation

Celebrating 25 Years!
Legacy works to improve the status of women and foster the development of future women leaders. READ MORE > 
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In Memoriam

July 23, it is with great sorrow that we share the news of IWF NorCal member Denise Allen's passing. Denise joined IWF in 2009 and served as Treasurer for the IWF NorCal board until breast cancer forced her to step down. She loved running, hiking and the outdoors. and touched many with her warmth and thoughtful presence. Denise will be remembered for the radiant love she emanated and will be deeply missed.

Recent Events 

Webinar: The Future of Travel

July 29, United and IWF NorCal member, Melinda Yee FranklinJoe D’Alessandro, President & CEO of San Francisco Travel, and James Lim, former GM at Omni Hotel San Francisco and now SVP at Sunland RV Resorts, provided a deep dive into what has been shifting in the travel industry in this COVID-19 environment. They provided insights into the issues of privacy and cleanliness and how the industry is responding to help travelers continue to see the world while staying safe. Members may view the recording here.

Webinar: Artificial Intelligence

July 23, IWF NorCal member Linda Calhoun, founder and executive producer of, and her distinguished guests from the world of artificial intelligence shared their perspectives on AI, Machine Learning, Robotics, and the Internet of Things. Thank you Chloe Autio (Intel), Olabisi Boyle (Visa), Amy Chou (Aon), and Beverly Thompson (Leidos Innovation Center) for helping us to understand why diversity is so critical to the success of AI and addressing the built-in bias that disproportionately impacts women. Members may view the recording here. 

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Margaret Conley

Asia Society Northern California
Executive Director

Maxine Reynolds

Richmond Neighborhood Services
Board President

Valencia Ray

Mind-Body Integrative Medicine

Andrea Steiner

Sequoia Wealth + Risk Management
Managing Director 

Our Members Tell Our Story

At a recent event, IWF NorCal members described something we are grateful for, using one word. This graphic depicts the responses of the many things we appreciate during this unique time of the pandemic. 

Nanette Lee Miller: "The pride celebration is about pride and equality! I have been very fortunate to have been a voice on this as well as a media point person on marriage equality issues and the related tax equality issues. This has been personally very fulfilling for me and my LGBTQ community. I did get married to my partner of 20 years, so it did affect me! I am also proud of my IWF allies and their support. We can change peoples' perception with knowledge and advocacy. Always important with so many issues now."

Legacy Foundation

Annual Legacy Foundation Celebration -- Celebrating 25 Years 

Join us on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 5 pm for our fourth annual Legacy Celebration -- Celebrating 25 Years. While this year's event will be virtual, it will bring the fun and intimacy of our in-person celebrations. We will reconnect as women leaders, celebrate Legacy's 25-year history and founding members, and learn from an amazing local leader April Grayson, who dedicates her life to giving incarcerated women a voice and whose work is supported by Legacy Partner, Rise Up. Register here by September 15.

Our Champions of Racial Equality (CoRE) Task Force has launched a web page for members which provides information and resources on this important initiative. Read more.

     PROGRAMS see all >

    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members

    Videos from past webinars available here.

    Virtual Discussion with Kaylee Hartung 
    Tuesday, August 4 | 5:00 pm

    Reflections on the SCOTUS 2019-20 Term 
    Monday, August 10 | 4:00 pm

    EBSC: Emerging Trends in Online Higher Ed 
    Thursday, August 13 | 4:00 pm

    Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club
    Monday, August 17 | 6:30 pm

    Virtual Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, August 18 | 6:00 pm

    IWF NorCal Virtual Community 
    Thursday, August 20 | 4:00 pm

    Virtual Travel Night with Karen Brown 
    Tuesday, August 25 | 5:00 pm

    Build Your Influence as a Thought Leader 
    Tuesday, September 8 | 6:00 pm

    Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, September 21 | 6:30 pm


    Legacy Celebration - Celebrating 25 Years 
    Thursday, October 1 | 5:00 pm

    Holiday Party
    Tuesday, December 1 | Peninsula


    > Stay informed The Scoop #13 and other messages from President Barbara Adachi are available here.

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