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.
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Membership is by invitation only and is based on an individual's leadership and accomplishment in her field. We seek diverse leaders who are known and who others want to know.
The International Women's Forum Northern California advances leadership across careers, cultures and communities by connecting preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement for the purpose of idea exchange, inspiration and learning.
We believe the potential for women is unlimited and opportunities should be as well
We believe leadership has no gender
We believe in equal pay for equal work
We believe women inspiring women never gets old
We believe women helping women never gets tired
We revere the women who blazed trails before us and revel in those who come after
We believe our diversity is our strength
We celebrate each other’s success
We believe successful women can be successful friends
We believe in serving our communities
IWF 2020: Leading in a Disrupted World
Virtual — October 14-23, 2020
IWF World Leadership Conference
Seattle, Washington — September 29–October 1, 2021
IWF Cornerstone Conference
Santiago, Chile — May 18-22, 2022
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).
|Mary Jo Potter|
Immediate Past President
|Cathy Benko||Loretta Doon|
|Moira Dowell||Candice Eggerss|
Membership Committee Chair
Member Engagement Committee Chair
|Yvette Hollingsworth Clark|
Programs Committee Chair
|Heather Pelant||Valerie Red-Horse Mohl|
Barbara Adachi is the current President of International Women’s Forum Northern California. Prior to this role, she served as the IWF NorCal Legacy Foundation President from 2016-2018. Barbara is a senior consulting executive who currently serves on corporate and non-profit boards, including VSP Global and the Clayman Institute at Stanford. She retired in 2013 as National Managing Partner for Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting Practice in the U.S. overseeing the $1B operations, P&L, business strategy, and talent management. She has served on over 10 boards including Deloitte Consulting, TalentGuard, and Girl Scouts of the USA.
Passionate about women’s leadership and advancement, Barbara served as Deloitte’s national Women’s Initiative leader and was named one of San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Women in Business from 2003-2012, culminating as “Forever Influential” since 2013.
Kathy has had a distinguished career leading technology strategy, development and delivery in the Telecommunications, Banking and Financial Services industries. She served as the CIO of Charles Schwab Bank implementing nationwide lending and checking products. Kathy also served as Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co. leading integrated technology solutions for Schwab broker-dealer functions and customer-facing channels. She leaves a leadership legacy of quality, accountability and integrity to clients, employees and shareholders. Kathy retired in 2014.
Kathy has been a member of the IWF Northern California Board of Directors since 2011. She is devoted to bringing women together to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of other women. Kathy is also a member of the IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation Board.
Kathy is an advocate for helping adolescent girls. She has been on the GirlVentures Board of Directors since 2008 serving as President (2008–2011) and most recently Vice President of the Internal and Strategic Committees. GirlVentures is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping adolescent girls, from diverse backgrounds, build on their strengths through outdoor and leadership activities.
Kathy lives in Emerald Hills with her husband, Rich, and puppy, Maggie Mae. Kathy has two children, Stacey and Ben, and three grandchildren—Trevor, Blake and Lauren.
Kathy’s interests and hobbies include golf (beginner), travel, reading, wine, football, baseball, women’s rights, our future generation.
(2016 and 2017) Nanette Lee Miller
(2014 and 2015) Rebecca Barfknecht
(2012 and 2013) Sheryl Barden
(2010 and 2011) Cynthia Eisenberg
(2008 and 2009) Nannette Griswold
(2006 and 2007) Susan Cook Hoganson
(2005) Sylvia Kwan
(2003 and 2004) Sue Sprunk
(2001 and 2002) Barbara Creed
(1999 and 2000) Barbara Rambo
(1997 and 1998) Jeanne Allen
(1995 and 1996) Nina Gruen
(1993 and 1994) Susan Passovoy
(1992) Linda Moriarty
(1990 and 1991) Fran Streets
(1988 and 1989) Susan Shaffer
(1986 and 1987) Michele Hughes
(1984 and 1985) Nancy Stark
(1983) Anne Carol Brown
(1981 and 1982) Susan Bird
(1980) Judith Johnson
(1978 and 1979) Lorraine Legg