of IWF-Northern California

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Legacy Celebration 2018
Meeting New Members

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

The Legacy Foundation works to improve the status of women and foster the development of future women leaders. Legacy's 2019 partner, Rise Up, created change for more than six million girls, youth, and women in 2018. READ MORE > 

  See our engagement activities with Rise Up, Get Involved!
  Legacy Celebration Event—October 10, 2019
  Donate to Legacy

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Summer Camp 2019!June 7–9, members gathered at The Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg for a fun and relaxing Summer Camp weekend. 

IWF Connections: Coffee & Book Event with Susan Packard
IWF Tennessee member and author Susan Packard met with IWF NorCal members before her event at Book Passage on June 12. Her book Fully Human is about developing a willingness to work on emotional fitness, building trust and embracing "We" instead of "me."

NEW Members

Kate Byrne

Intentional Media


Rosana Han

First Republic Bank

Senior Vice President
Head of Community Reinvestment

Diane Knoll

Diane Knoll Consulting LLC

Kathy McKim

Principal, Hawksbill Advisors
Senior Vice President, Hawksbill Group

Karen Pajarillo

Riverside Company

Ami Palan

Managing Director

Our Members Tell Our Story

Meet Min Chen, the Co-founder and CEO of Wisy, Inc. Min recently moved to San Francisco to expand her start-up company and has joined our forum as a dual member with IWF Panama. Several IWF NorCal members have reached out to Min to welcome her to and give her insights on the business community in the Bay Area. It was truly heart warming to see IWF NorCal members come together to provide support and encouragement to a new member. Here are Min’s comments on "What IWF NorCal Means to Me:" 

“I became an IWF NorCal member in January 2019. In this short time I have received significant support from many members who have shared their experience regarding specific topics that I need to advance my career. They have gone out of their way to meet with me and to arrange meetings with other IWF NorCal members whom they think can provide support. IWF NorCal is a powerful and supportive community of women who enjoy helping others succeed. I am thankful for being part of IWF and I look forward to contributing to this outstanding forum.”

Legacy Foundation

On June 6, Charlan Nemeth shared with members how inspired she was in hearing Denise Dunning talk about 2019 Legacy Partner Rise Up’s work at the March 2019 Legacy Partner kick-off event. She shared an idea to support Rise Up beyond the Legacy Grant, proposing a "Matching Gift Challenge" to propel other IWF NorCal members to join her. Upon hearing the idea, several IWF members even agreed to join Charlan in the match. This is a creative example of how IWF NorCal members give. Hearing the creativity of our members is inspiring. It's why "How I Give" will be a theme of Legacy during 2019. Learn more.


Women on Boards Series

Maximizing LinkedIn for Board Success
Wednesday, May 29 | Webinar 

Headshots Social Hour
Tuesday, June 4 | San Francisco

 PROGRAMS see all >

Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
by members, for members

Mobile Apps "Life Hacks" Webinar
Friday, June 28 | Webinar

Spare the Heir: Survivor's Survival Guide
Tuesday, July 9 | Webinar

East Bay Supper Club: Winners Take All Book Discussion & Potluck
Monday, July 22 | Oakland

Utah Shakespeare Festival 2019
Wednesday, August 21 - Sunday, August 25 


New Connections Luncheon
Saturday, June 22 | San Francisco

Legacy Foundation Celebration
Thursday, October 10 | San Francisco

Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 3 | San Francisco


It's All About You...Our IWF NorCal Members, March 21, 2019 message from President Kathy Anderson. 

The Board recently approved an updated Member News Policy. Review here.

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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