June 30, IWF NorCal member Jodi Morris, Founder and CEO of Connecting Growth Globally, was one of the first 250,000 users on LinkedIn, with a presence since 2004. She shared her perspectives and valuable tips on how to engage on LinkedIn, covering how to CONNECT, SHARE and AMPLIFY on LinkedIn. So many tools to help us all better utilize this useful social media platform for business as well as some fun. Members may view the recording and slides here.
Virtual Event: Meet Our Legacy 2020 Grantees
June 23, Members met representatives from our two 2020 Legacy Foundation partner grantees: GirlVentures and Year Up. It was wonderful to hear from their leaders about the important work they are doing in our communities and how they have been managing during this difficult time. We learned how Legacy's grants have helped and heard directly from their inspiring program participants Emma Price (GirlVentures) and Mantasha Lakdawala (Year Up). The special event was moderated by IWF NorCal member Jan Yanehiro. Members may view the recording and accompanying slides here.
New Connections Virtual Toast
June 19, Our annual signature event: New Connections could not be held in person over a traditional lunch, but that did not deter us from getting together and having a lovely virtual celebration of our new members and friendships. Over 60 members participated in our virtual event where we welcomed eight new members, held smaller group discussions (like being at a dining table), and toasted everyone with our own beverages and yummy treats from San Francisco-based Pretty Please Bakeshop.
Webinar: Speaking Truth to Power in Our Time
June 11, We had an engaging conversation with IWF NorCal member Prof. Charlan Nemeth, author of the provocative book “In Defense of Troublemakers” The Power of Dissent in Life and Business, and IWF NorCal member Ellen Lapham. Charlan related stories from the news, business and IWF members, and gave us some tools to utilize dissent. Let's all take a risk to being a “troublemaker”! Members may view the recording here.
Summer Camp Virtual Happy Hour
June 5, IWF NorCal's Summer Camp is an annual highlight for members. While we were not able to go away for the weekend this year, we enjoyed a virtual happy hour with drinks, goodie bags and a fun ice breaker sharing stories and photos of what we have been doing while sheltering-in-place as well as fun memes and videos! Thank you to camp counselors Sheri Barden and Nanette Lee Miller for a great evening!
Virtual Book Passage Book Review: Special Summer Edition
June 4, IWF NorCal member and Book Passage owner Elaine Petrocelli and Book Passage's Buying Director Luisa Smith held a special summer edition virtual book review. Members were treated to a fun discussion about an array of must read non-fiction and fiction books this summer. Elaine and Luisa also provided a special list of outstanding black authors and racial justice books. Members may view the book lists and recording here.
Webinar: Board and Director Effectiveness -- Practical Realities
June 2, IWF NorCal members Cherie Sorokin and Kris Veaco, experienced experts in corporate governance, conducted a valuable webinar on “Board and Director Effectiveness – Practical Realities.” They discussed board practices and how to implement them in various situations, including the current COVID-19 situation. They also covered what it means to be an effective Director. A helpful reminder for members already serving on boards and an excellent primer for members seeking to serve on boards! They referenced a recent article by IWF NorCal member Priya Huskins "Key Questions Directors Should Ask a Troubled Company" and members may view the recording here.
Webinar Featuring Dr. Rebecca Shaw of the World Wildlife Fund
May 27, Dr. Rebecca Shaw, Chief Scientist of the World Wildlife Fund held an exclusive webinar for IWF NorCal members titled "Beyond Boundaries: Emerging Zoonotic Diseases, Nature, and Human Well-Being." Rebecca has been researching and leading interdisciplinary approaches to conservation and climate change for more than 30 years. She led a thought-provoking and informative discussion. Our appreciation to IWF NorCal member Cindy Eisenberg for coordinating this interesting event. Members may view the webinar recording here.
Virtual East Bay Supper Club Featuring Marsha Vande Berg
Webinar: What's Happening in Sacramento? With State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
May 18, IWF NorCal members had a special opportunity to meet and hear from California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson via an exclusive webinar, brought to us by IWF NorCal member Nicole Soluri. Senator Jackson offered her unique view on pubic service in the state legislature amidst a pandemic, and discussed her incredible advocacy efforts on behalf of women in terms of equal pay, female representation on corporate boards, gender equity in pricing, and several other topics of interest. Members may view the recording here.
Webinar: Taking Care of Yourself During These Uncertain Times
May 14, IWF NorCal member and Founder and CEO of Ageless and Timeless Michele Hughes and Dr. Chris Shade, leading scientist and Founder of Quicksilver Scientific shared their helpful tips on how to take care of ourselves during these uncertain times. Covering topics from stress, immunity, detox, hormones, exercise, weight management, and more, members and guests from other west coast forums received a wealth of valuable information. Members may view the recording here.
Virtual Wine Chat with Jaclyn Zimmerman
May 12, IWF NorCal member Jan Yanehiro, introduced her daughter Jaclyn Zimmerman, Director of Hospitatliy, Hoopes Vineyard in Napa Valley, who hosted a virtual wine chat for our members, sharing the story of the Blind Tasting Event in 1976 featuring California red wines and French Bordeaux red wines...that shocked the world…when a California wine won! That event put California wines on the map. Members may view the recording here.
Virtual East Bay Supper Club: A Cosmic Perspective in a Time of Coronavirus
May 6, IWF NorCal member Jill Tarter, who is Chair Emerita for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA, that she co-founded in 1984, led a fascinating virtual discussion for the East Bay Supper Club “A Cosmic Perspective in a Time of Coronavirus,” reminding us that we are Earthlings. Members may view the recording here.
Special Edition: US Supreme Court Cases to Watch
May 4, IWF NorCal member Barbara Creed conducted a special edition webinar of her popular "U.S. Supreme Court Cases to Watch" discussion, providing an update on two cases she covered in the fall/winter 2019, and sharing information, her views and Fantasy SCOTUS predictions on 14 important upcoming cases on the docket. She also touched on how SCOTUS is now hearing telephonic oral arguments with live audio feeds. A Q&A was held with members after Barbara's presentation. Members may view the recording here.
Virtual Community: New Member Welcome
April 30, This week's "IWF NorCal Virtual Community" was a special new member welcome. Thirteen of our 2019 and 2020 new members joined the call to introduce themselves, and current members, including several new member sponsors, provided a warm welcome.
Virtual Book Launch: Breaking Ground
April 20, Heidi Kuhn, IWF NorCal member and Roots of Peace founder held a virtual book launch for her new book Breaking Ground, which is launching on April 28. Heidi was joined by IWF NorCal member Cheryl Jennings and IWF Colorado and IWF SoCal member Barbara Faulkenberry, and shared her inspiring success stories of how she has eradicated landmines in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Vietnam. View the webinar recording here.
Webinar: LIFT Your Social Media Skills
April 15, Cheryl Jennings, IWF NorCal member and founder of her own media company to use social media for good: Cheryl Cam Media, hosted a special webinar to help us all LIFT our social media skills. Cheryl introduced L-LinkedIn, I-Instagram, F-Facebook, T-Twitter, the "LIFT" social media platforms and discussed how to use them and incorporate social media into our daily lives. Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Members may view the webinar recording and slides here.
Webinar: Rachel Mueller's Survival Tips
April 6, IWF NorCal member Rachel Mueller shared her list of “must have” items, as well as tips to survive our current shelter-in-place. Based on her personal experiences with 5 evacuations – 3 times for fire, 1 road closure and 1 bridge collapse, including being air lifted to safety by a Chinook helicopter, Rachel had tons of advice and tips on how to stock up, prepare, and stay calm. Members may view the webinar recording and download her "survival" lists here.
Webinar: Impact of Coronavirus on Community and Most Vulnerable Populations
March 30, IWF NorCal Members Kaye Foster, Jilma Meneses, and Leah Toeniskoetter (moderator), with special guest Jennifer Loving, discussed the impact of COVID-19 on our communities. Representing the Glide Memorial Foundation, Catholic Charities, and Destination Home, Kaye, Jilma, and Jennifer provided an overview of their respective organizations and how their priorities have changed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. They discussed actions that have been taken, current and immediate needs, as well as how members and their networks can help at this critical time. Members may view the webinar recording here.
IWF NorCal Events Have Gone Virtual
March 24, During this time of shelter-in-place, IWF NorCal members are staying connected through virtual meetings. Our book clubs and supper clubs are still getting together and we have established a weekly Virtual Community gathering for members to check in and share stories with each other. We are also offering member-led webinars on timely topics. Members may sign up for virtual events here.
They Promised Her the Moon
March 8, Members enjoyed the Northern California premiere of They Promised Her the Moon, and a wonderful pre-performance brunch with playwright Laurel Ollstein and director Giovanna Sardelli.
IWF Connections: Breakfast with Roasabeth Moss Kanter
March 4, A small gathering of IWF NorCal members took place at the Westin SFO to have an intimate conversation with Rosabeth Moss Kanter. It was fantastic to hear about her new book “Think Outside the Building” and her optimism for the future. She also wanted to hear about each of us and IWF NorCal. As a member of IWF Massachusetts, Rosabeth is passionate about our organization and is excited that IWF has achieved critical mass and is well-positioned for the future.For those of you who couldn't attend as we were limited to a small group, Rosabeth also spoke at The Commonwealth Club this week and if you have an opportunity, here is the link to her podcast which is definitely worth listening to!
Lunar New Year Dinner
February 11, Members enjoyed a traditional Lunar New Year’s feast at the Harborview Restaurant in San Francisco. Special thanks to member Eleanor Chang who organized the festivities and guided everyone through the delicious dishes and traditions!
Behind the Scenes: Dandelion Chocolate
February 7, Members went "behind the scenes at Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco. IWF NorCal member Nanette Lee Miller organized a cool factory tour and delicious tasting with champagne. What a treat!
February 6, The President's Tea is a special tradition where past IWF NorCal presidents gather to welcome the new IWF NorCal president. The recent celebration was for 2020-2021 president Barbara Adachi. Learn more about IWF NorCal's leadership.
US Supreme Court Cases Discussion in San Francisco
February 6, Members gathered at the home of IWF NorCal member Marion Peters in San Francisco for a discussion of upcoming US Supreme Court Cases led by IWF NorCal member Barbara Creed. A special thank you to Barbara who facilitated these discussions at five separate locations (East Bay, Marin, Peninsula, San Francisco, and South Bay)!
East Bay Supper Club: US Supreme Court Cases
January 27, The East Bay Supper Club gathered for IWF NorCal member Barbara Creed's popular US Supreme Court Case Preview, where Barbara walked through three cases on the court's current docket.
Signature Event: 2020 Annual Meeting
January 14, Over 100 members gathered at The City Club to connect and kick off 2020! 16 new members were introduced and Kathy Anderson passed the Presidency to Barbara Adachi. 2019 accomplishments were celebrated and Barbara shared her vision for 2020. Read more.
Women in Theater
January 8, An incredible evening hearing from four women leaders of Bay Area theaters! IWF NorCal Members Susie Medak of Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Jennifer Bielstein of A.C.T. spoke with their artistic partners about gender disparities in the theater, about the challenges of running non-profit theaters, and what the future holds for art and culture in a technology obsessed world.
Behind the Scenes: Glassybaby
December 10, Members enjoyed a “Behind the Scenes” event at the Glassybaby hot shop in Berkeley. IWF Washington member and Glassybaby CFO Sherilyn Anderson joined by video conference to provide Glassybaby’s story and then members tried their hand at glass blowing. A delightful evening!
Holiday Book Review
December 9, IWF NorCal member Elaine Petrocelli hosted members at her independent book shop Book Passage on December 9 at the annual Holiday Book Review. Elaine's 2019 book recommendations have filled our reading lists and provided great holiday gift ideas!
Signature Event: Holiday Party
East Bay Supper Club
November 12, The East Bay Supper Club gathered at the home of IWF NorCal member Linda Cyrog to discuss "How Asians View American Leadership." The discussion was led by IWF NorCal member Marsha Vande Berg.
US Supreme Court Upcoming Docket
November 21, IWF NorCal member Barbara Creed facilitated an engaging discussion on three upcoming US Supreme Court cases in Los Altos. She will be hosting similar discussions in San Jose and the East Bay in January.
October 24, IWF NorCal members Beth Devin, Citi Ventures and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, Social Venture Circle, hosted a lively and engaging discussion on the trends and actions reported in the press daily on the topic of Corporate and Business Responsibility.
Retirement Living Arrangements
October 22, IWF NorCal member Barbara Creed facilitated an important and informative webinar and panel discussion on retirement living arrangements. Special guest panelists were Erika Thomas and Kayleen Miller with Avenidas Village in Palo Alto, and Pamela Marron with Sequoias Portola Valley.
Cryptocurrencies Topic at October East Bay Supper Club
On October 15, the East Bay Supper Club met at the home of IWF NorCal member Amy Schioldager, and discussed Cryptocurrencies, featuring special guest Daisy Linden, Director of Internal Communications at Coinbase.
On October 12, six members in the East Bay got together for a beautiful morning walk around the Lafayette Reservoir!
New Member Pop Up!
On October 1, several new members attended a Pop Up hosted by IWF NorCal board members, at the offices of Heidrick & Struggles. The board periodically hosts these informal social events to welcome new members, where all IWF NorCal members are invited.
East Bay Supper Club
On September 10, the East Bay Supper Club discussed "The 21st Century: The Century of Biology on Earth and Beyond," facilitated by IWF NorCal member Jill Tarter.
Members attended the 2019 Utah Shakespeare Festival from August 21 - 25 for incredible theatre performances and more! Pictured here with actor Michael Doherty.
Pop Up on the Bay!
On August 25, Marin-based members boarded the Tiburon Angel Island Ferry for a glorious sunset cruise on the Bay. Sharing wine, appetizers, and views on a beautiful summer evening to welcome six new members and celebrate friendships!
East Bay Connections!
On July 27, IWF NorCal members and guests gathered for a beautiful morning walk around the Lafayette Reservoir and a delicious breakfast afterwards.
East Bay Supper Club: "Winners Take All" Book Discussion
On July 22, IWF NorCal member Susie Medak hosted the East Bay Supper Club at her home for a potluck dinner and a discussion of "Winners Take All," facilitated by IWF NorCal Member Valerie Red-Horse Mohl.
July 20, FARM+FISH+FLOWERS offered a rare opportunity to tour Half Moon Bay’s bounty. Our tour guides led us to the Coastside Farmers Markets, The James Johnston House, and Bay City Flower Company. Picnic lunch at the beach was the perfect respite. And the sun shone all day.
New Connections Luncheon, Happy 40th!
85 members gathered on June 22 at the Olympic Club to welcome new members and celebrate IWF NorCal's 40th anniversary! With a trip down memory lane through member stories and photographs, it was a warm and wonderful event! Read more.
IWF Connections: Coffee & Book Event with Susan Packard
IWF Tennessee member and author Susan Packard met with IWF NorCal members before her event at Book Passage on June 12. Her book Fully Human is about developing a willingness to work on emotional fitness, building trust and embracing "We" instead of "me."
Summer Camp 2019!
June 7–9, members gathered at The Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg for a fun and relaxing Summer Camp weekend. Save the date for next year's summer camp which will be June 5-7, 2020.
UN Women's Global Voices Film Festival
On May 16, members enjoyed 10 virtual reality experiences at GoPro, meeting female filmmakers pioneering this emerging technology to treat mental illness, bias, and racism; to highlight women's rights work globally; and to create unique games. On May 18, big screen sessions at Lucasfilm showcased 10 powerful stories of resilience and the fight for justice from Myanmar and Iraq to Liberia and Ireland. The film fest’s mission is to showcase independent films made by women from all over the world, and to raise funds for UN Women’s global life-changing programs. Brought to us by IWF NorCal member Amy Logan.
Women on Boards Series
On May 2, IWF NorCal member Kate Renwick-Espinosa hosted a behind the scenes tour at the VSPOne Optical Laboratory in Sacramento. A fascinating tour, followed by a delicious lunch!
IWF Cornerstone Conference Videos
At this year’s Cornerstone Conference, IWF hosted more than 50 expert speakers and moderators to address topics including innovation in architecture, barriers for women in sports, sustainable fashion, the future of the European Union and girls’ access to education. Some of the sessions were filmed and available for members to view at their leisure. Click here.
Peninsula Supper Club
the challenges and opportunities posed by a rapidly and continually changing future of work! Co-hosted by IWF NorCal members Denise Brosseau and Chris Shipley.
Record Participation at Peninsula Book Club
On March 19, a record number of members --29-- attended the Peninsula Book Club discussion held at IWF NorCal member Barbara Adachi's home. IWF NorCal member Valerie Red-Horse Mohl facilitated a great discussion of "Winner Takes All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World" by Anand Giridharadas.
The East Bay Supper Club
On March 11, Dr. Jennifer Schneider of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation joined the East Bay Supper Club to share about advances in research in an effort to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes.
A Celebratory Evening
On February 27, in honor of Black History Month, IWF NorCal members attended a special event at Mills College celebrating the life of acclaimed saxophonist Dexter Gordon. IWF NorCal member Beth Hillman hosted a VIP reception and played the tenor saxophone and IWF NorCal member Belva Davis facilitated a discussion with Maxine Gordon, historian and wife of Dexter Gordon.
Supreme Court Docket Discussion in Carmel
21 guests in attendance, including members of the Wellesley Alumnae group and other prominent guests from the Monterey Peninsula.
Supreme Court Docket with Barbara Creed
On February 11, IWF NorCal member Barbara Creed discussed upcoming supreme court cases with members in Marin.
East Bay Supper Club Potluck
IWF NorCal member Beth Hillman hosted a potluck in her home at Mills College on February 12 for the East Bay Supper Club. A warm and wonderful evening celebrating friendships!
A Wild Evening at the Peninsula Book Club
On January 29, twenty one Peninsula Book Club members gathered at the beautiful home of IWF NorCal member Valerie Corradini to discuss Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford. Register for the February 25 Book Club!
East Bay Supper Club with Special Guest Barbara Creed
On January 28, the East Bay Supper Club welcomed special guest and IWF NorCal member Barbara Creed to discuss upcoming supreme court cases. Barbara is also offering her supreme court discussion on February 19 in Carmel.
2019 Annual Meeting
The 2019 Annual Meeting was held on January 15 at the City Club. We kicked off our 40th anniversary celebrations and welcomed Stephanie O'Keefe, CEO, IWF Global. In addition, Denise Dunning, IWF NorCal member and Founder of Rise Up - the Legacy Foundation's 2019 partner - presented on opportunities for member engagement. See presentation slides.
Book Clubs Discuss Amy Logan's Novel
Nominate new members online!
We are excited to announce that we have further simplified the new member nomination process by introducing online forms! Both the preliminary approval form (completed by the sponsors) and application form (completed by the prospective new member) are now available online. For more details on the nomination process and links to the forms, click here.
IWF Global Leadership Foundation's Fellows Program
Watch the video recording from the 25thAnniversary Celebration of the Leadership Foundation’s Fellows Program. The event, which was attended by more than 140 members and Fellow Alumnae, featured a roundtable discussion, A Quarter Century of Change: Reflections on Women in Leadership Since the Glass Ceiling Commission, and a reception in honor of the Founders of the Leadership Foundation hosted at the home of IWF Washington, DC member Kitty Kelley. Learn more about IWF’s history and the transformational women who created our one-of-a-kind Fellows Program.
New Connections Luncheon
On Saturday, June 23, 74 members met at the Olympic Club for the annual IWF NorCal New Connections Luncheon. Nine new members were introduced at this signature event! Members were also joined by four guests from the Legacy Foundation's partner organizations Year Up and Girl Scouts, who shared their inspirational stories. See photos.