IWF Northern California is one of the founding member forums and the Northern California affiliate of the International Women's Forum (IWF). To learn more about IWF please click here for a great brochure all about this organization.

The International Women's Forum is a global organization of preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. Our members range from entrepreneurs and corporate executives to artists, humanitarians and political leaders. We come together across provincial and national boundaries to share knowledge and ideas, to enrich each other's lives, to provide a network of support and to promote opportunities for women in leadership.

IWF Northern California is one of 62 affiliated forums in 29 nations. Together, we are advancing women's leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world's most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement.

We have no political agenda. No member need ever feel pressured to take a stand with which she does not agree. Our focus is promoting women in leadership and shaping a transferable legacy for future women leaders.

Promoting Leadership Together

Local chapters provide learning opportunities and camaraderie for women leaders in our own communities. We share ideas and stories informally over dinners in one another's homes. Thanks to the unparalleled connections of our members, we go behind the scenes at leading-edge organizations and cultural institutions.

International events create a global meeting place where we can refresh, resolve and make plans that open doors for women and girls throughout the world. At IWF's international conferences, we meet among our peers in a non-competitive environment where meaningful friendships and alliances can flourish. 

IWF is dedicated to learning-for future as well as present members. Our unique Leadership Foundation helps prepare emerging leaders to realize their potential and promotes a culture of mentorship among women.

Honoring Our Role Models

Each year, IWF recognizes two or three exceptional women by inducting them into our International Hall of Fame.

Past recipients include: Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain; Roberta Bondar, Canadian Astronaut; Maya Angelou, American Writer and Performer; Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland; Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner of Human Rights and former Canadian Supreme Court Justice.

Future Conferences

IWF World Leadership Conference
Detroit, Michigan — October 7–9, 2020

IWF Cornerstone Conference
Santiago, Chile — May 18–20, 2021

IWF World Leadership Conference
Seattle, Washington — September 29–October 1, 2021

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