About Us


IWF Northern California is one of the first two chapters of the International Women's Forum, 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.

Founded in 1982 in the United States, the International Women’s Forum has grown across 5 continents into 26 nations. There are more than 5,000 women leaders participating in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. Together, we are advancing women's leadership across careers, cultures and continents, coming 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. 


Although it is a little known fact, IWF members are the women who essentially run many of the political, economic, arts and social structures that make the Bay Area great. Our members serve on the boards of the SF Symphony, Opera and many local theaters; we serve as chairpersons of and donors to the events and activities that make our community one of the best places in the world to live and work.

When you join IWF Northern California, you not only have the chance to foster your own personal and professional growth, you also have the chance to meet and become friends with some remarkable women.

Our members are professors at the best universities, lawyers at the top firms, judges who handle major court cases and accountants who serve the biggest companies. Others are authors and artists, dancers and choreographers, photographers and non-profit leaders. We also have business owners, social entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executives in our ranks. Our members write books, author critical reports, lead the most important organizations and create and fund innovative start-ups. Others are consultants, advisors and board members of some of the top institutions and organizations around. 

Membership is by invitation only and is based on an individual's leadership and accomplishment in her field. We seek diverse leaders who are known and who others want to know.