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. 

Members are invited to join the IWF NorCal Speakers Bureau as a way to give back to the community. Read more.

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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2024 Black History Month

IWF NorCal recognizes and honors our own black women leaders who are leading the way: Kimberly K. Brandon, Linda Calhoun, Paula Collins, Darolyn Davis, Sandra O. Floyd, Kaye Foster, Musimbi Kanyoro, Latanya Mapp Frett, Carrie Maultsby-Lute, April Miller Boise, Rhonda Morris, Tomiquia Moss, Nataki Myers, Eva Paterson, Debra Plousha-Moore, Amy Saxton, Deborah A. Sims, Fran Streets, Belinda Stubblefield, Nichole Walker, and Vanessa Washington. We are so proud to have you part of our community! 

Members in the News

February 10, With great sorrow we are sharing the news of IWF NorCal member Marsha Maytum's passing. She was 69, and had been diagnosed with ALS three years ago. Marsha was an award winning architect and was an amazing heart centered individual. She will be missed. Read more.

January, IWF NorCal member Sonita Lontoh was recently featured in the main section of the inaugural edition of Women in Manufacturing by Manufacturing Today magazine. The article discusses a wide range of topics including the importance of technology for humanity and diversity of thoughts for long-term value creation. Sonita's section is further complemented with perspectives from five additional women leaders. Read more.

Recent Events

Charcuterie Board Workshop

February 15, IWF NorCal member Annelise Bauer led a wonderful workshop on how to prepare appetizing and beautiful charcuterie boards. She walked through the steps of selecting, pairing, and arranging cheese, meat, fruit, nuts and other ingredients for a visually stunning and delicious board through a live demonstration. It was fun and informative! Members may watch the recording here.

Screening of Nai Nai & Wai Po

February 13, through IWF NorCal member Margaret Conley, Executive Director of the Asia Society Northern California, members and guests attended a special screening of Academy Award nominated short film Nai Nai & Wai Po, and Q&A session with Director Sean Wang. An attendee said that the film was moving, bringing tears to her eyes when the two grandmothers were discussing aging and death, and the conversation with the filmmaker provided depth and understanding of what he set out to do.

Behind the Scenes at Autodesk

February 6, IWF NorCal member Elisabeth Zornes, Chief Customer Officer of Autodesk, hosted members and guests for a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Autodesk Gallery. The group saw some of the amazing things that have been designed with Autodesk’s 3D modeling technology and exhibits that demonstrate how people use technology to imagine, design and create a better world. 

Walk & Talk: Lafayette Reservoir 

February 3, IWF NorCal members and guests met for a walk and talk around the Lafayette Reservoir during a perfectly timed break in the rain.

IWF NorCal Speakers Bureau

January 31, The IWF NorCal Community Committee held a kick off meeting to launch the IWF NorCal Speakers Bureau. It is intended to connect members who are available to volunteer as speakers and share their expertise and experiences with local non-profit organizations seeking speakers on a range of topics. Members interested in joining may view the recording and instructions here.

Your Future Self

January 30, IWF NorCal members attended a program to hear Dr. Hal E. Hershfield, author of the new book, Your Future Self. Through an engaging conversation with member Lori Whitney, we received practical advice for imagining our best future to make that vision a reality. Our future selves are glad to have attended this program! Members may view the recording here

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Nataki Myers

Co-artistic Director
One Nation/One Project

Kara Newport

President & CEO

Community Engagement Opportunities

Meet the members of our Community Committee

Members are invited to share your expertise and experiences via the IWF NorCal Speakers Bureau, which was launched in February 2024. Learn more and join the speakers bureau here.

IWF NorCal Leadership

At the 2024 Annual Meeting, Valerie Corradini passed the President's gavel to Heather Pelant. Heather's new Executive Committee includes Pam Baker, VP, Diane Knoll, Treasurer, and Carolyn Vavrek, Secretary. Learn more about our leadership here.

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members 

    East Bay Supper Club 
    Tuesday, February 27 | 6:30 pm

    Access Event: Consul General of Ukraine
    Thursday, February 29 | 5:30 pm

    East Bay Book Club 
    Monday, March 11 | 7:00 pm

    IWF Western Region Cocktail Cafe
    Thursday, March 14 | 4:00 pm

    Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, March 18 | 6:00 pm

    San Francisco Book Club
    Monday, March 18 | 6:30 pm

    Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, March 19 | 5:30 pm

    An Evening at the San Francisco Ballet 
    Friday, March 22 | 7:00 pm

    Walk & Talk: San Francisco Presidio 
    Friday, April 19 | 9:30 am

    Navigating the AI Revolution 
    Tuesday, April 23 | 4:00 pm

    Spring Dine Arounds 
    Thursday, April 25 | 6:00 pm

    Videos from past webinars available here.


    > Stay informed President's Message January 2024...and other messages from the President are available here.

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