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IWF Northern California provides unparalleled access to extraordinary women leaders who come together to inspire, support and share all aspects of our lives.
IWF Northern California cultivates a vibrant community of accomplished and diverse women leaders to form and strengthen relationships, fuel intellectual curiosity, and encourage life-long personal development.
|As women leaders who are recognized as top achievers in their respective fields and endeavors, we celebrate each other’s success.
||Diversity is our strength and through our membership and curated events, we create an inclusive safe environment where we respect and embrace our differences.||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.
||We bring together multi-generations of women leaders and enriching relationships that develop and flourish over time.
||We create an intimate place where we can learn, share stories and experiences without judgment, and find inspiration from each other.|
Meet IWF NorCal's leadership here.
Learn more about our members and IWF NorCal membership here.
IWF Northern California is one of the founding member forums and the Northern California affiliate of the International Women's Forum.
The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is an invitation-only network of the most accomplished women in the world. IWF connects women leaders across every professional sector in support of each other and the common mission of advancing women’s leadership and championing equality worldwide. Established in New York City in 1974, today IWF is comprised of over 7,500 preeminent women leaders in 33 countries and 74 local Forums. IWF is the only organization of this scale that builds significant relationships between C-level women across countries and careers. IWF members are inventors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, heads of state, academics, scientists, astronauts, Olympic athletes, artists, filmmakers, financiers, philanthropists and more.
Every member of IWF has a demonstrated commitment to its unifying mission: advancing women’s leadership and championing equality worldwide. Together IWF members are shaping a future in which leadership has no gender and the next generation is inspired and equipped to transform the world.
Each year, IWF invests in making women stronger, smarter and more influential through its Fellows Program, a year-long, intensive leadership development experience. The Fellows Program was launched in 1994 and annually convenes approximately 35 Fellows from around the world for a total of 20 days. The program offers customized leadership training for high-achieving women leaders on their path to the C-suite.
Since 1985, the International Hall of Fame Awards Gala has been the most important annual event for the organization, honoring the women leaders tackling urgent issues facing the world. The awardees are transformative figures whose contributions to society are outsized on a global scale.
Since 1987, the Women Who Make a Difference Awards have celebrated the tremendous accomplishments and contributions that IWF members have made to their communities and the world. The annual awards are presented alongside the International Hall of Fame Award.
International events create a global meeting place where members can refresh, resolve and make plans that open doors for women and girls throughout the world. At IWF's international conferences, members meet among peers in a non-competitive environment where meaningful friendships and alliances can flourish. Learn more.
Letter to the Editor, October 1977 Working Woman
In 2012 Women's Forum West (WFW) became the International Women's Forum of Northern California (IWF NorCal).