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 > 
Legacy 2020 Partner Grants 


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Members in the News

June 26, IWF NorCal member Min Chen, CEO of Wisy, Inc., is featured in the cover story of Ellas, a popular magazine in Panama by La Prensa Panamá, about her organization’s partnership with SAP SAP.iO, recognition by Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and how Wisy, Inc. is helping business to prepare for the new economy. Read more.

Recent Events 

Webinar: How to Best Engage on LinkedIn 

June 30, IWF NorCal member Jodi Morris, Founder and CEO of Connecting Growth Globally, was one of the first 250,000 users on LinkedIn, with a presence since 2004. She shared her perspectives and valuable tips on how to engage on LinkedIn, covering how to CONNECT, SHARE and AMPLIFY on LinkedIn. So many tools to help us all better utilize this useful social media platform for business as well as some fun. Members may view the recording and slides here.

Meet Our Legacy 2020 Grantees

June 23, Members met representatives from our two 2020 Legacy Foundation partner grantees: GirlVentures and Year Up. It was wonderful to hear from their leaders about the important work they are doing in our communities and how they have been managing during this difficult time. We learned how Legacy's grants have helped and heard directly from their inspiring program participants Emma Price (GirlVentures) and Mantasha Lakdawala (Year Up). The special event was moderated by IWF NorCal member Jan Yanehiro. Members may view the recording and accompanying slides here.

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Susan Hailey

VP, Global Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion

Amy McLellan

Golden Gate University
Business/Graduate School Dean

Sharon Ryan

Bay Area News Group

Cate Hardy

The Wine Group

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

Meet our 2020 Legacy Foundation Grantees! IWF NorCal and our IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation share two key tenets— Leadership and Community. While the diverse leadership of our members is continually on display, these past few months offer a touching reminder that we are indeed one supportive, connected community. On June 23, Legacy hosted a webinar featuringthe Executive Directors and young women leaders from our two 2020 grantees: Year Up and GirlVentures. They shared updates on their organizations and how the Legacy Foundation grant has helped them through the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch recording.

July 4th, a national holiday when we celebrate freedom. This year it has special significance as we strive to make sure that all Americans can experience freedom equally. We are hopeful that we are at a critical inflection point in our country’s history. In the words of Peter Marshall, “May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to do what is right.”

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members

    Videos from past webinars available here.

    Smart Aging with Dr. Caren Campbell 
    Tuesday, July 14 | 5:00 pm

    Corporate Board Readiness Workshop (#4)
    Wednesday, July 15 | 8:00 am

    IWF UK Event: The Imperative of Inclusion 
    Wednesday, July 15 | 12:00 pm

    Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club
    Monday, July 20 | 6:30 pm

    Racial Equality Discussion (1 of 2) 
    Tuesday, July 21 | 5:00 pm

    AI & You What Every Woman Should Know 
    Thursday, July 23 | 4:00 pm

    Racial Equality Discussion (2 of 2) 
    Tuesday, July 28 | 5:00 pm

    IWF NorCal Virtual Community 
    Thursday, July 30 | 4:00 pm

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

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

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


    Legacy Celebration
    Thursday, October 1 | San Francisco

    Holiday Party
    Tuesday, December 1 | Peninsula


    > Stay informed The Scoop #12 - It's Summertime! and other messages from President Barbara Adachi are available here.

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