The Preeminent Leadership Network

How We Engage

The success of the Legacy Foundation is the result of how IWF NorCal members have engaged through the years. It is not only due to the generous donations of our members, but also the sharing of wisdom and experiences as preeminent leaders in our community. 

The Legacy Foundation is diversified in terms of our reach across philanthropy, experience and wisdom.

  PHILANTHROPYEXPERIENCEWISDOM
 Donations X  
 Legacy Partnership Project X X X
 IWF Fellows X X X
 Mentoring  XX
 Speaking Engagements and Panels  X X
 Oral Histories  X X
 Early IWF NorCal Leaders  X X

The Oral Histories

In 2005, we celebrated the completion of five Oral Histories, “Women Who Have Made a Difference.” The women whose biographies are featured in illustrated booklets and on the CDs are:
  • Belva Davis: Bay Area television personality and the first African American woman TV reporter in the western United States. She is an IWF Northern CA member.
  • Sandra Day O'Conner: U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
  • Marian Diamond: a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and prominent in science and in the field of brain research. She is a past IWF Northern CA member.
  • Bernice Hemphill: founder of the nation's blood bank program, which she accomplished after witnessing the devastation of war in 1941 at Pearl Harbor. The late Bernice Hemphill was a member of IWF Northern CA.
  • Mary Lanigar: first woman partner in what was at the time one of the “Big Six” accounting firms in the United States. The late Mary Lanigar was a founding member of IWF Northern California.
Nearly 100 complete sets of oral histories have been sent to high schools, colleges and universities with programs emphasizing women's history. Nearly thirty of the schools are the alma mater of IWF Northern California's members.
  • The Legacy Board has participated in the annual Fellows Program of the IWF/Leadership Foundation. To date, we have nominated more than a dozen successful candidates who have been selected as Fellows in IWF's premier leadership program for women. Legacy also has co-sponsored nominees with corporate sponsors in the Bay Area.
  • Legacy supports signature programs with specific links to the Northern California region. These programs serve to advance leadership skills of the next generation of women entrepreneurs and businesswomen in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.


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