International Women's Forum Northern California
IWF Northern California is a vibrant community of accomplished and diverse women leaders and part of a global network of 7,000 members across 34 countries. We strive to be agents of change to advance women’s leadership and champion equality worldwide. Through our curated events, we bring together multi-generations of women to learn, share perspectives, and support one another in intimate settings. We are a true sisterhood of extraordinary women whose foundation is built on our core tenets of leadership, friendship, community and inspiration. "Soundbites" READ MORE >
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IWF NorCal member Kit Yarrow passed away on May 21 after a long and brave struggle with ovarian cancer. "In the last months of her life, as friends reached out to thank her for her friendship, many used the same words to describe her -- "light," "bright," "luminescent," "a beacon." Kit was a light; her physical presence has passed, but her light will always be bright in our hearts." We will miss Kit and we offer our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Read more.
Webinar: World Wildlife Fund's Dr. Shaw
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
May 19, IWF NorCal member Marsha Vande Berg, corporate director and international advisor, led an engaging discussion on "US Elections, China & Relations Abroad: A Perspective on American in the World of COVID-19," for the East Bay Supper Club. Marsha was also recently featured in The Business Times' The Raffles Conversation Golden Globalist on May 9 and published an article Socially Responsible Investing Comes of Age in the Milken Investment Review on May 4. Members may view the webinar recording here.
Webinar: What's Happening in Sacramento?
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.
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Our Members Tell Our Story
Kris Veaco: "I was looking back at when the invitation to join IWF came – March 13 – just as it was starting to feel like the world was shutting down because of the pandemic. Joining IWF when I did opened up a wonderful opportunity to see some old friends and also to connect with an amazing group of women. I’m always impressed with the stimulating programs and conversations and am happy to be a part of this group.”
May 5, IWF NorCal and our IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation share two key tenets— Leadership and Community. While the diverse leadership of our members is continually on display, these past few weeks offer a touching reminder that we are indeed one supportive, connected community.Today, we celebrate #GivingTuesdayNow—a new global day of giving in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. On behalf of the Legacy Foundation, we invite you to bring your leadership to our community of Bay Area non-profits aligned with Legacy’s mission of improving the status of women and fostering their leadership. Our Legacy Partner Community includes five organizations who’ve received one or more grants from Legacy over the prior five years. Read more.
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Videos from past webinars available here.
Webinar: Board and Director Effectiveness
Virtual Book Passage Summer Book Review
Virtual Peninsula Book Club
IWF NorCal Virtual Community
Webinar: Speaking Truth to Power
Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club
IWF West Coast Virtual Cocktail Cafe
New Connections Virtual Toast
IWF NorCal Virtual Community
Webinar: How to Best Engage on LinkedIn
Visiting IWF Global Members
Are you an IWF member visiting the San Francisco Bay Area? Please contact IWF Northern California's President at President.IWFNorCal@gmail.com to connect with local members while you are in town.