I am excited to write this inaugural message for IWF’s quarterly newsletter. It is another way we are working to connect global to local, and to make sure you all know about the work of IWF and the Leadership Foundation. As you will be able to see, it has been a busy beginning to 2018!
In January, the Leadership Foundation announced the 4th Cohort of the EY Women Athletes Business Network Mentees. Another diverse and accomplished group of elite women athletes are ready to go through this transformative experience! In the coming year, they will partner with an IWF mentor and join us in Miami for the 2018 World Leadership Conference where they will take part in the annual Deedee Corradini Leadership Roundtable.
I have continued to visit local Forums and am energized and excited by their work. In January, I spent time with IWF Spain in Madrid on my way to the IWF and Leadership Foundation Board meetings in Rome. I was also able to meet with the leadership and members of IWF Italy. Both meetings were productive and insightful. IWF Italy, led by their president, Marina Vaccari, were spectacular hosts, and we are so appreciative of their warm hospitality.
Our governance committees have been busy during this first quarter. The Forum Development and Sustainability Committee has developed new guidelines for the creation of chapters (as a sub-group of a forum) and the development of new Membership Criteria recommendations are in process. The Communications Committee is developing ways to utilize a content marketing approach in IWF’s communications strategy, and special committees have been created to audit IWF’s programs and analyze the competitive landscape.
The full Board of Directors convened again last week via teleconference to conduct regular business. In Melbourne this May, we will begin the process of developing a three year strategic plan to ensure that our organization is positioned well for years to come.
As we look ahead to the rest of 2018, I hope you will become more involved with IWF at the local and global level. Whether it’s attending a local meeting, travelling to a global conference, or simply joining the conversation on our online member portal, a vibrant network is waiting for you.
I look forward to seeing you all in Melbourne.
Teresa V-F Weintraub