Our Community

We are a true sisterhood representing collective values and interests. We serve both the IWF member community and the external community where we live and work, with a shared goal of giving back, including advancing the next generation of young women leaders. View our 2022 Annual Report. 

Our 2021 Community Celebration was held on November 10th. Members may view the recording here.

IWF Northern California is an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an invitation-only, member organization comprised of more than 7,800 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations across 74 local forums. View the IWF Brochure and latest IWF news.

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Members in the News

May 11, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member and Roots of Peace Founder and CEO Heidi Kühn who was awarded the 2023 World Food Prize for restoring agriculture to de-mined land in former war zones. Read more.

Recent Events

Getting Started with ChatGPT and Other AI Tools

May 25, Based on member request, IWF NorCal members Denise Brosseau and Beth Devin held an online discussion to introduce and de-mystify some of the AI tools in the headlines today, providing practical use cases and tips for getting started. It was an informative session covering the basics of these tools, including their applications, benefits, and challenges, and examples of how they can be used in real-world scenarios. Members may watch the recording here

Longevity Presents Many Business Opportunities 

May 23, IWF NorCal member Marsha Vande Berg introduced her fellow colleague from the 2016 Stanford Distinguished Careers program, Susan Golden, who led an inspiring discussion on innovation and entrepreneurial opportunities created by longevity. Author of STAGE (Not Age), Susan dispelled common misconceptions about older adults, addressed ageism head-on, and encouraged everyone to embrace the concept of “furtherhood.” Members may watch the recording here.

Pop Up! Get Together with Anne Chermak Dillen

May 22, Members gathered at the elegant home of IWF NorCal member Nanette Miller to hear from IWF NorCal & IWF Colorado member Anne Chermak Dillen for an informal discussion on the current situation in Ukraine. Joining the group was special guest Nataliya Anon, founder of Bay Area NGO Hromada, which provides humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Marin & North Bay Book Club

May 15, The Marin & North Bay Book Club gathered at the office of IWF NorCal member Mary Bersot in Tiburon to discuss the book "Who Killed Jane Stanford? A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits and the Birth of a University," by Richard White. It was a wonderful evening capped with a group selfie!

Pop Up! Get Together with Musimbi Kanyoro 

May 10, Members gathered to hear from IWF NorCal member Musimbi Kanyoro, who was once again in the Bay Area, visiting from Nairobi where she now resides. The group had a great discussion on women, human rights and hope for the future. We are grateful to IWF NorCal president Valerie Corradini for hosting this pop up in her beautiful home.

Spotlight on IWF Leadership Fellows Program

May 10, IWF NorCal member Beth Devin led a panel discussion with three 2022-2023 IWF Fellows: Grace Francisco, Siobhan Oat-Judge, and Karenga Ross. The panelists shared their inspiring stories, their legacy projects, and the profound impact the Fellows programs has had on them both personally and professionally. Members may watch the recording here.

San Francisco Book Club

May 8, Members of the IWF NorCal San Francisco Book Club gathered in the lovely home of Lisbeth McNabb for a fun evening of food and a discussion of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. The group was treated to a special guest from the SF Opera, for a burst of energy and a production on Frida. 

2023 Dine Arounds

May 4, Over 50 members gathered at the beautiful homes of members all around the Bay Area and near Lake Tahoe. Appreciation to our gracious hosts Barbara Adachi, Linda Graebner, Ellen Jacobs, Latanya Mapp Frett, Rachel Mueller, Andrea Steiner, and Jan Yanehiro for a warm and wonderful evening with delicious food. Friendships were formed and deepened at these special dinners. 

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Community Partner Engagement Opportunities

Meet the members of our Community Committee and learn more about our existing Community Partners!  

The Community Committee is currently working on additional engagement opportunities for members. Please stay tuned.

AAPI Heritage Month

To commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, IWF NorCal is celebrating our AAPI leaders. We are excited to recognize the talents and contributions of these women leaders. Please join us in honoring these extraordinary IWF NorCal members who are making an impact on the world and our IWF community. 

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members 

    Dog-Friendly Beer Festival in Berkeley 
    Saturday, June 3 | 1:00 pm

    Members Share Their Re-wirement Paths 
    Wednesday, June 7 | 4:00 pm

    Signature Event: New Connections Luncheon
    Saturday, June 10 | 11:00 am

    Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, June 19 | 5:30 pm

    Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, June 20 | 5:30 pm

    How to Live and Lead on Purpose 
    Wednesday, June 21 | 4:30 pm

    Pop Up! Member Mixer (Peninsula) 
    Monday, June 26 | 5:00 pm

    A Conversation with Carla Harris
    Thursday, July 6 | 2:00 pm

    IWF Golf Day at Silverado 
    Thursday, July 13 | 12:00 pm

    Summer Camp 
    Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16 

    Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, July 17 | 6:00 pm

    Peninsula Book Club
    Tuesday, July 18 | 5:30 pm

    San Francisco Book Club 
    Monday, July 24 | 6:30 pm

    IWF West Coast Leaders' Retreat 
    Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13

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    > Stay informed President's Message May 2023...and other messages from the President are available here.

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