IWF Northern California Ovations

November 5, 2021, Congratulations to IWF NorCal Member Zelma Long, whose South African produced wine, Vilafonte, was awarded the Trophy for Best Wine Producer of 2021, from the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London (in 2021 the competition judged 7000 wines from 37 countries). This competition, the most important international wine competition, began in 1969, is judged by wine professionals, blind. We are so excited for Zelma and Vilafonte for this recognition! Read more.

October 1, 2021, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Amy Schioldager who was announced as Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient for Cal State East Bay College of Business & Economics. Read more.

April 1, 2020, In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and Women’s History Month, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is honoring women who have risen above the challenges and barriers of advancement in order to achieve success in the legal profession. On April 1, MCCA honored IWF NorCal member Michelle Banks, Senior Advisor at BarkerGilmore LLC where she specializes in providing executive coaching to corporate general counsel in development. Read more.

IWF NorCal member Zelma Long received the Lifetime Innovator Award at Innovation + Quality (IQ) 2019, for her passion for research, quality winemaking, and groundbreaking contributions to the wine industry. Read more. Photo: Zelma (center) with Mario Rosati and Danelle Storm Rosati. Danelle is a IWF NorCal member and with Mario, are the proprietors of the Rosati Family Winery.

IWF NorCal member Amy Logan was honored at the Global Voices Film Festival 2019 by the board of the US National Committee for UN Women who named the festival’s prize for Best Feature Film the Amy Logan Visionary Award. Amy was the founder of the festival in 2015, a jurist at each of the three festivals, and was president of the board of USNC-UN Women SF 2015-2019. She now serves as chair of the organization’s advisory board.

IWF NorCal member Van Ton-Quinlivan was conferred an honorary doctorate on April 27th by Golden Gate University's President David Fike. She delivered the commencement speech for the Graduate Schools of Business, Accounting and Taxation. Van's speech on "5 Tips for Navigating Career, Life and the Future of Work" is available here.

On April 23, IWF NorCal member Hannah Kain received the Crystal Chair Award at the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – Silicon Valley’s 3rd Annual Crystal Chair Award GalaRead more

On February 14, 2019, IWF NorCal member Nanette Lee Miller received the Community Champion Award and IWF NorCal member Loretta Doon received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Distinguished Accounting Awards Ceremony held at the Merchants Exchange Club. Read 


December 14, 2018 - IWF NorCal members, Cora Tellez, Director, HMS Holdings, Pacific Premier Bank and Priya Huskins, Director, Realty Income Corporation have been honored as "directors to watch who bring diversity and expertise to the boardroom." Directors & Boards, a quarterly journal on topics of leadership and corporate governance, recently published their annual roster of Directors to Watch, featuring 19 honorees and commentary on the importance of gender, ethnic, and racial diversity on boards. Read more. PPB’s press release.

Congratulations to IWF member and photojournalist Paola Gianturco and her eleven-year-old granddaughter, Alex Sangster, whose book, “Wonder Girls: Changing Our World,” has earned seven achievements! The book documents the work of 15 girl-led nonprofit groups in 13 countries. These girls are changing our world right now. Their imagination and courage radiate through their stories, all told in their own words. See more.

October 5, 2018 - Rosylene Swig and Toni Rembe recognized for philanthropy work 
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate, has selected IWF NorCal members Rosylene (Cissie) Swig to receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement award, and Toni Rembe (along with Arthur Rock) for the 2018 award for Outstanding Philanthropist. The awards ceremony is November 16 at the Fairmont. Read press releaseLearn more.

On October 2, 2018, IWF NorCal member Cora Tellez, was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses of 2018. Cora is Founder and CEO of Sterling Health Services Administration, Inc. 

September 25, 2018 - Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Heidi Kuhn, Founder and CEO, of Roots of Peace, who was awarded the inaugural Earth Ethics Prize for her achievements in Peace and Humanitarian Excellence, at the United Nations on the International Day of Peace, September 21. Since 1997, Roots of Peace has diligently worked to transform minefields, into thriving farmland worldwide. Read more

September 19, 2018 - Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Ana Pinczuk, former President and General Manager at HPE, who is receiving the Development Award at Watermark’s 25th Annual Make Your Mark Awards on November 15. The awards celebrate women, men, and companies Who Make Their Mark - leaders who are driving change for women within their companies or organizations, and beyond! Ana’s award, the Development Award is given to a woman who helps develop women.

July 26, 2018 - IWF member and co-founder of Collective Impact Partners Kathryn Johnson was awarded the #ShesGotHerBack Award at the US National Committee for UN Women: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter's Annual Meeting & Celebration. Kathryn spoke about an inspiring vision of gender equality and offered hopeful strategies to get there. Kathryn is Strategic Advisor for USNC UN Women and is pictured here with IWF member and USNC UN Women Bay Area Chapter President Amy Logan.

June 25, 2018 - Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Eleanor Chang who has recently been honored by Mount Holyoke College with the Alumnae Medal of Honor. This award is presented to her for her eminent service in promoting the effectiveness of the Alumnae Association and the College. The medal was awarded based on her consistently significant leadership, specific accomplishments, and stellar service over an extended period of time and her broad-based involvement across multiple areas, which include classes, clubs, global regions, groups, the Alumnae Association, and the College. Read more. Link to Mount Holyoke announcement.

June 18, 2018 - Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Paola Gianturco, author of Wonder Girls: Changing our World, which has won two prizes in the 2017 Book of the Year Awards: Gold in the Women’s Studies category and Silver in Multicultural Nonfiction. In Wonder Girls, Paola Gianturco and her eleven-year-old granddaughter documented the work of fifteen girl-led nonprofit groups in thirteen countries in Asia and Central Asia, North and Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. They interviewed and photographed 90 girls - girls who are changing our world right now! Learn more and be inspired!

2018 Most Influential Women in Business

The San Francisco Business Times will be honoring over 100 Most Influential Women in Business on June 5, 2018. IWF NorCal congratulates these distinguished women for this recognition – we have 2 members who are being honored with the Inspire Award, 3 members who are being honored as the 2018 Most Influential Women, and 44 past recipients who are now Forever Influential.

2018 Inspire Awards

Congratulations to IWF NorCal members Paula Collins and Mary Cranston who are being honored with the San Francisco Business Times Inspire Awards! The Inspire Awards recognize women who have achieved the highest leadership roles, and the 2018 recipients are three extraordinary women on corporate boards. In their respective interviews, Paula and Mary speak about the need for more diversity on boards and the importance of being able to persuade others to be an effective board member. They also highlight that networking and mentoring are key components to continue efforts to help improve the number of women on boards. 

Paula Collins
Paula is CEO and founder of real estate firm WDG Ventures, Inc. She currently sits on six boards of diverse industries, including organizations in insurance, finance, and arts. In addition, Paula is a director on the IWF NorCal Board! 

Link to article (subscription required).

Mary Cranston
Mary has served on boards for 25 years. Since she stepped down as CEO and chair of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in 2006, Mary has devoted herself to board service. 

Link to article (subscription required). 


2018 Most Influential Women in Business 

Janet Lamkin  
California, United Airlines

Katharine Martin 
Partner, Chair of the Board
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Kirsten Wolberg
Chief Technology and Operations Officer

2018 Forever Influential

Barbara Adachi   Colleen Cervantes Yvette Hollingsworth Clark Constance Moore  Amy Schioldager 
Katherine August de-Wilde Paula Collins
Ellen Kahn Barbara Morrison
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
Eunice Azzani
Mary Cranston
Kim Laughton Whitney Mortimer
Lynn Sedway
Michelle Banks
Lauren Doliva
Valerie Lewis
Shirley Nelson
Dianne Snedaker
Lydia Beebe
Loretta Doon
Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann
Mary O’Hara  Laura Stein
Cathy Benko
Pamela Duffy
Mary Marcy
Mary Pittman
Joan Tucker Fife
Carla Boragno
Mary Francis
Deborah Messemer
Janet Reilly
Janet Widmann
Teresa Briggs
Linda Havard
Nanette Lee Miller
Ellen Richey
Kit Yarrow
Barbara Carbone
Elizabeth Hillman
Anna Mok
Eva Sage-Gavin

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