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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. 

Legacy is proud to present its 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.

Holiday Book Review

December 9, IWF NorCal member Elaine Petrocelli hosted members at her independent book shop Book Passage on December 9 at the annual Holiday Book Review. Elaine's 2019 book recommendations have filled our reading lists and provided great holiday gift ideas!

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Kim Box

Gatekeeper Innovations, Inc.
President and CEO

Cheryl (Cherie) Sorokin

Veaco Group

Jeannee Parker Martin

LeadingAge California 
President and CEO

Susie Wee

Cisco DevNet
SVP and Chief Technology Officer

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

Giving as a Community: By coming together to share knowledge as well as our capital
Elaine Petrocelli joined IWF over 20 years ago and remains passionate about what IWF does for women. As a “woman who makes a difference,” Elaine believes that books provide a great way to connect women—in fact, she hosts The IWF Marin Book Club at Corte Madera Book Passage. Elaine presents over 1,000 author events per year at Book Passage! Elaine gives back to IWF in a very special way by hosting members at Book Passage in the Ferry Building each December and donating a percentage of the sales to the Legacy Foundation. Elaine deeply cares about “bringing women forward to knowledge” and she finds joy in supporting Legacy. 
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East Bay Supper Club 

November 12, The East Bay Supper Club gathered at the home of IWF NorCal member Linda Cyrog to discuss "How Asians View American Leadership." The discussion was led by IWF NorCal member Marsha Vande Berg.

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Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
by members, for members

Videos from past webinars available here.

US Supreme Court Cases (San Jose)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | San Jose 

Women Leaders of Bay Area Theaters
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | San Francisco

Signature Event: 2020 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | San Francisco

EBSC: US Supreme Court Cases
Monday, January 27, 2020 | Lafayette

Behind the Scenes: Dandelion Chocolate
Friday, February 7, 2020 | San Francisco

EBSC: Homelessness Solutions - Myths/Facts
Thursday, February 20 | Berkeley

The Band's Visit
Sunday, May 31, 2020 | San Francisco

Vietgone, Part 2
Sunday, June 28, 2020 | San Francisco


New Connections Luncheon
Saturday, June 20, 2020 | San Francisco


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