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About the International Women's Forum-
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

December 6, IWF NorCal member Julie Castro Abrams is featured as a Queenmaker in San Francisco Magazine's latest issue titled: "Meet the Bay Area's Pivotal Power Brokers: The Queen-makers." Read article. And on December 4th, Julie spoke at The Commonwealth Club for a lively panel discussion titled: "The Queenmakers: Women Power Brokers in San Francisco."See event details.

Recent Event: Bay Area Theater Women Leaders

January 8, An incredible evening hearing from four women leaders of Bay Area theaters! IWF NorCal Members Susie Medak of Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Jennifer Bielstein of A.C.T. spoke with their artistic partners about gender disparities in the theater, about the challenges of running non-profit theaters, and what the future holds for art and culture in a technology obsessed world.

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Latanya Mapp Frett

Global Fund for Women

Jeannee Parker Martin

LeadingAge California 
President and CEO

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

With your belief and support of the Legacy Foundation, we exceeded our bold 2019 Legacy fundraising goal, raising over $55,000 during the year! To our donors, sponsors, partners and our volunteers—we cannot say thank you enough. In 2019, Legacy also gave out a record number of grants (3), our largest grant ($20,000 to Rise Up), and we saw a record number of members engaging with Legacy. IWF NorCal members are the heart of Legacy. Here is a complete list of all donors who made financial and in-kind gifts and pledges to Legacy during 2019. Thank you! Read more.

Signature Event: 2020 Annual Meeting

January 14, Over 100 members gathered at The City Club to connect and kick off 2020! 16 new members were introduced and Kathy Anderson passed the Presidency to Barbara Adachi. 2019 accomplishments were celebrated and Barbara shared her vision for 2020. See photos and read more.

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Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
by members, for members

Videos from past webinars available here.

EBSC: Ukraine -- Beyond the Headlines
Wednesday, February 5 | Lafayette

Behind the Scenes: Dandelion Chocolate
Friday, February 7 | San Francisco

Lunar New Year Dinner
Tuesday, February 11 | San Francisco

EBSC: Climate Change: Dr. Christa Anderson
Monday, March 2 | Lafayette

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

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

Vietgone, Part 2
Sunday, June 28 | San Francisco


New Connections Luncheon
Saturday, June 20 | San Francisco

Legacy Celebration
Thursday, October 1 | San Francisco

Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 1 | Aviation Museum


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.

Contact us at iwfnorcal@gmail.com                     1040 El Camino Real #205, Burlingame, CA 94010                                 415-227-9987