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.  READ 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

Legacy works to improve the status of women and foster the development of future women leaders. READ MORE > 

Join us for our 4th Annual Celebration on October 1!

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September 3, Congratulations to IWF NorCal President Barbara Adachi who will be an honoree of this year's CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awards for International Comity, which is presented to an individual who advances women's human rights globally. Join us as Barbara receives her award at the upcoming 45 Years of Inspiring an Equal Future: CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awards Virtual Celebration on September 29 at 6:00 pm -- register here. Read more.

September 1, IWF NorCal member Caryn Beck-Dudley became president and CEO of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in June 2020. Before joining AACSB, she served as the seventh dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, a position she held since 2015. AACSB is a nonprofit membership organization representing more than 840 accredited business schools, which “connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.” Read SCU’s press release and AACSB’s profile

Recent Events

Webinar: The 4 Keys to Prevent and Reverse Chronic Medical Conditions and Aging 

September 16, IWF NorCal member Valencia Ray, MD, founder and CEO of Mind-Body Integrative Medicine shared the little-known 4-Key Stressors that cause inflammation, chronic disease, aging and weight gain. With case studies and helpful tips for daily lifestyle practice, Valencia shared how to reduce stress and improve our overall health and performance. Members may view the recording and download the presentation slides here.

Virtual Workshop: Build Your Influence as A Thought Leader

September 8, IWF NorCal member, thought leadership consultant and author Denise Brosseau led an engaging and customized workshop for members, explaining what it means to be  a thought leader and providing tools and strategies to make a difference, and what it takes to scale ideas to reach the widest possible audience, both online and off. Members may view the recording and download the presentation slides here

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Alicia John-Baptiste

SF Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)

Shawnte Mitchell 

EVP, General Counsel, and Secretary

Sara McVey

Sequoia Living
President & CEO

Legacy Foundation

Annual Legacy Foundation Celebration -- Celebrating 25 Years 

Join us on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 5 pm for our fourth annual Legacy Celebration -- Celebrating 25 Years. While this year's event will be virtual, it will bring the fun and intimacy of our in-person celebrations. We will reconnect as women leaders, celebrate Legacy's 25-year history and founding members, and learn from an amazing local leader April Grayson, who dedicates her life to giving incarcerated women a voice and whose work is supported by Legacy Partner, Rise Up. Register here by September 15. See related Legacy President's message.

The Champions of Racial Equality (CoRE) Task Force is pleased to welcome two new members: Dawn Gross and Debra Plousha-Moore. CoRE is currently busy planning fall programs! Read more.

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members

    Videos from past webinars available here.

    IWF CO: Wellbeing in Unprecedented Times 
    Thursday, September 24 | 11:00 am

    Special Virtual Community: New Members 
    Thursday, September 24 | 4:00 pm

    Webinar: The Supreme Court after RBG 
    Thursday, September 24 | 5:15 pm

    IWF CT: Beginner's Guide to Podcasting 
    Wednesday, September 30 | 3:30 pm

    Legacy Celebration - Celebrating 25 Years 
    Thursday, October 1 | 5:00 pm

    IWF SoCal: Know Your CA Props for 11/3 
    Friday, October 2 | 12:30 pm

    Build Your Influence as a Thought Leader 
    Tuesday, October 6 | 6:00 pm

    Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, October 19 | 6:30 pm


    Holiday Party
    Tuesday, December 1 | Peninsula


    > Stay informed The Scoop #15 - Well, hello September! and other messages from President Barbara Adachi are available here.

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    Contact us at           1040 El Camino Real #205, Burlingame, CA 94010            415-227-9987