The International Women's Forum (IWF), Northern California, advances women's leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the region's most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. IWF-Northern California was founded in the mid-1970's.
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President & CEO
Women's Funding Network
Michele brings a field-tested, grassroots perspective to the global leadership of Women’s Funding Network. Previously, she led the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, one of the largest statewide nonprofits in the country working to reduce teenage pregnancy. At the beginning of her tenure, Georgia had the highest teen birth rate. Under her leadership, G-CAPP’s work contributed to the state achieving a 30 percent reduction a decade later.
Earlier in her career, Michele was a lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Nigeria and a co-investigator in the first national study on child abuse in Nigeria, which led to the creation of regional reporting centers funded by the Ford Foundation. She has served on the board of directors of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, the national Healthy Teen Network, and the National Advisory Council on Sexual Health, chaired by Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General.
Michele has been featured in interviews with the New York Times, CNN, NPR, USA Today as well as local news media.
With these on-the-ground experiences as a guide, Michele is dedicated to social change that honors, reflects, and sparks the great potential of women, girls, and their communities.
Dr. Regina E. Dugan
Senior Vice President, Motorola Mobility LLC
Dr. Regina Dugan, senior vice president at Motorola Mobility, leads the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, a skunkworks-inspired team chartered to deliver breakthrough innovations.
Dr. Dugan was most recently the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the principal agency within the Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff capabilities. Appointed Director in July of 2009, she was the first woman to lead the Agency. Prior to DARPA, Dr. Dugan co-founded a niche investment firm and was founder and senior executive in several commercial companies with diverse products.
A technogeek who has been widely recognized for her leadership in innovation and technology development, Regina has spoken at events ranging from All Things Digital: D9 and D11, FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit, and the Clinton Global Initiative: America, to TED where her 2012 talk was one of the top 10 trending Twitter topics worldwide. She was named “Number 1 Nerd to Watch in 2013” by NPR.
Dr. Dugan obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Tech. She is the sole inventor or co-inventor on several patents.
Executive Chairman Chef'n Corporation
Linda Graebner is Executive Chairman of Chef’n Corporation, a marketer of innovative household products. She brings extensive experience as an entrepreneur and CEO at several consumer products companies. Linda also serves on a number of Boards of Directors of private and public companies in industries including food, wine, kitchen, cleaning, personal care, cookware, bakeware, gardening and medical devices.
Director and Senior Advisor for Public Policy, Pharmacy and Professional Development,
Permanente Medical Group of Northern California
Sharon Levine, MD, is Director and Senior Advisor for Public Policy, Pharmacy and Professional Development for The Permanente Medical Group of Northern CA (TPMG, Inc.), and has held multiple leadership roles within the medical group and within Kaiser Permanente nationally, including Associate Executive Director from 1991 through 2012.
Dr. Levine serves on the Boards of Directors of the Public Health Institute of California, the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG), the Reagan Udall Foundation, Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP), and the Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She is a member of the Committee on Evidence-Based Benefit Design of the National Business Group on Health.
Priscilla Partridge de Garcia
AIM - Partridge Garcia Group, Inc.
Partridge de Garcia represented her community and her county as their only 1996 Olympic Torchbearer and was selected to light the cauldron. She was selected because of her work with United Way and her participation in the National United Way Ethics Board.
Dr. Priscilla Partridge de Garcia is a top-rated business and management consultant to government, military, industry, health care and non-profit organizations; media and broadcast personality and a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker.
Office Managing Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP
Dianne has over 20 years of experience providing audit and accounting services to public and private companies as a partner in Ernst & Young's Silicon Valley based Technology Communications and Entertainment practice. Dianne is a co-leader for the Internet/Social media technology sector group and has also served as the partner champion for the PNW Area Professional Women's Network. Additionally, Dianne is the Office Managing Partner of the Redwood Shores office.
Terry Schwakopf is a senior advisor for Deloitte in the financial services area and advises Deloitte teams and clients in a range of areas including risk management, compliance and regulatory relations. She has 30 years of banking experience including over 20 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco where she had overall responsibility for banking supervision, community affairs and the corporate secretary’s function. She also serves on two bank boards and is actively involved with a number of nonprofits as a board member and community volunteer.
Mosaic Financial Partners
Senior Advisor with Mosaic Financial Partners, a boutique wealth management firm in San Francisco. She has over thirty years experience in Wealth Management and Portfolio Management. Susan, as a CFA and CFP, guides her clients in all aspects of wealth planning, including financial planning, investment management, and charitable giving.
As I began my Presidency of the Forum in 2012, we began looking forward to what impact our banding together to host the 2012 IWF Conference would have on our organization, specifically as a launching event for our future. The event involved nearly 70% of our members, and its energy was contagious. Once again, we have had a membership renewal rate of over 90% of our members.
Now, your Board is channeling these successes into planning for the future. You may have noticed new events, like our Four-Corners Dine Around and Signature Speaker events that will include other organizations comprised of leading women. Our February event about women on corporate boards included the Bay Area Women Corporate Directors organization, and our event with Robin Chase in April will include Watermark, a group for women entrepreneurs. The inclusion of these organizations embodies our goal of expanding our collective circle of influence.
This month the Board has launched a task force, led by VP Rebecca Barfknecht, to reach out to our members to determine their satisfaction with the Forum, its programs and its current status and demographics as an organization of accomplished women. We hope that you will participate with this task force when it reaches out to you for your thoughts. In addition, the task force will benchmark other Forums of similar size to learn of their practices and engagement of members. The results of this research will be presented to the Board and the Board will begin the process of strategic planning for the next five to seven years.
I am very excited about not only the long term future, but all of the great opportunities that this year's calendar has to offer. Please be sure to sign up for our Signature Event with Robin Chase on 4/25, our New Connections Lunch in June, Summer Camp in July and our visit to Ashland with the Oregon Forum in August.
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TROY, Mich., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Walsh College will confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon its keynote speaker, Citigroup's Chief Innovation Officer, Debby Hopkins at the college's 101st Commencement ceremony on June 22, 2013.
Debby joined Citigroup in 2003, and has filled several executive positions, including head of strategy and M&A, chief operations & technology officer, and a senior advisor to the Global Investment Bank, a role she continues to this day. She was appointed to her current position in 2008.
The title of Debby's commencement address is "Made in Detroit."
On Monday, May 6th, the White House honored Van Ton-Quinlivan as one of fifteen Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women “Champions of Change.”
A part of the White House’s observance of AAPI Heritage Month, this event recognized Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women who are doing extraordinary things to create a more equal, safe, and prosperous future for their communities and the country.
Carol Mayer Marshall has been appointed to the Board of Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. The Markkula Center is the largest ethics center in the country and works in six program areas including government ethics where Carol intends to participate.
Our members put together an amazing list of the best places to eat, shop, and visit all over the greater Bay Area as part of our preparations for the 2012 Conference. Click Here to Download this great resource.