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. "SoundbitesREAD MORE >  

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IWF-Northern California is an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an invitation-only, member organization comprised of more than 7,000 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. IWF OVERVIEW VIDEO

The Legacy Foundation

Celebrating 25 Years!
Legacy works to improve the status of women and foster the development of future women leaders. READ MORE > 
Legacy 2020 Partner Grants 


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In Memoriam

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.  

Recent Events

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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Jennifer Grancio 

Grancio Capital

Susan Hailey

VP, Global Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion

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.”

Legacy Foundation

GivingTuesdayNow Invitation

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.

We are now "Live" on Social Media

May 4, IWF NorCal is "LIFT"ing its social media presence on the following platforms:

Click on the image above to see President Baraba Adachi's video message. Follow us @IWFNorCal or tag us #IWFNorCal

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Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
by members, for members

Videos from past webinars available here.

Webinar: Board and Director Effectiveness 
Tuesday, June 2 | Webinar

Virtual Book Passage Summer Book Review 
Thursday, June 4 | Webinar

Virtual Peninsula Book Club 
Tuesday, June 9 | Webinar

IWF NorCal Virtual Community 
Thursday, June 11 | Webinar

Webinar: Speaking Truth to Power
Thursday, June 11 | Webinar

Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club 
Monday, June 15 | Webinar

IWF West Coast Virtual Cocktail Cafe
Tuesday, June 16 | Webinar

New Connections Virtual Toast 
Friday, June 19 | Webinar

IWF NorCal Virtual Community 
Thursday, June 25 | Webinar

Webinar: How to Best Engage on LinkedIn
Tuesday, June 30 | Webinar


Legacy Celebration
Thursday, October 1 | San Francisco

Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 1 | Peninsula


> Stay informed The Scoop #11: It's All About the Mask! and other messages from President Barbara Adachi are available here.

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Visiting IWF Global Members

Are you an IWF member visiting the San Francisco Bay Area? Please contact IWF Northern California's President at to connect with local members while you are in town.

Contact us at           1040 El Camino Real #205, Burlingame, CA 94010            415-227-9987