The IWF Mission

The International Women’s Forum builds better global leadership across careers, continents and cultures by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement.

History of IWF

In 1974, renowned writer, civic leader and philanthropist, Elinor “Elly” Guggenheimer, founded the Women’s Forum of New York. The stated goal: “Bring together women of diverse accomplishments and provide them with a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. By thus becoming aware of their counterparts in all fields, and of mutual interests and attitudes, they can, when desired, speak in concert on issues confronting the total community.”

Due to the strength and growth of the founding Forum, women around the country voiced the need for a national network that would allow women of significant achievement, across all sectors, beliefs and backgrounds to unite under a common purpose.

The National Women’s Forum, created in 1979, with Forums in Atlanta, Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC was the realization of a growing footprint of exceptional women, united to build better leadership through the exchange of ideas, peer-to-peer support, and a concert of power and friendship. As Forums organized and grew across other parts of the country, many of them, in turn, helped to develop Forums in other states. 

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Miami, October 24-26, 2018
IWF World Leadership Conference


President - Teresa V-F Weintraub, IWF Florida

Treasurer - Barbara Bellissimo, IWF Canada

Suhair Al-Ali, IWF Jordan

Shahira Amin, IWF Egypt

Rebecca Barfknecht, IWF Northern California

Micheline Bouchard, IWF Canada

Teresa Carrillo, IWF Mexico

Paula Cox, IWF Bermuda

Marsha Dubrow, IWF New Jersey & IWF New York

Anja Gockel, IWF Germany

Marsha Sampson Johnson, IWF Georgia

Gabriela Kennedy, IWF Hong Kong

Isabel Linares, IWF Spain

Vuyo Mahlati, IWF South Africa

Monette Malewski, IWF Canada

Camille Mirshokrai IWF Dallas

Patricia Ramsay, IWF Jamaica

Helen Rule, IWF Australia

Deborah Shannon Trudeau, IWF Canada

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