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IWF Leadership

IWF global board of directors reflects our membership, leaders at the top of the game with diverse perspectives united by a global point of view. All IWF leadership has a demonstrated commitment to our mission of advancing women’s leadership today and tomorrow.

Board of Directors

Former Global and Leadership Foundation Presidents

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Elinor Guggenheimer Former IWF Global President 1982 Co-Founder, IWF USA – New York
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Gail Schoettler Former IWF Global President 1983 – 1985 USA – Colorado
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Susan Davis Former IWF Global President 1985 – 1987 USA – Washington, DC
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Jane Macon Former IWF Global President 1987 – 1989 USA – Texas
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Cynthia Maduro Ryan Former IWF Global President 1989 – 1991 USA – Southern California
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Rosemary Weiss Former IWF Global President
1991 – 1993
Former Leadership Foundation President 1993 – 1995 USA – Colorado
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Susan Greenwood Former IWF Global President
1993 – 1995
Former Leadership Foundation President 1995 – 1997 USA – New York
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Carol Cox Wait Former IWF Global President 1995 – 1997 USA – Washington, DC
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Helen Galland Former Leadership Foundation President 1997 – 1999 USA – New York
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Fran A. Streets Former IWF Global President
1997 – 1999
Former Leadership Foundation President 1999 – 2001 USA – Northern California
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Barbara Barrett Former IWF Global President 1999 – 2001 USA – Arizona/Montana
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Luz Lajous Vargas Former IWF Global President 2001 – 2003 Mexico
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Karyl Innis Former Leadership Foundation President 2001 – 2003 USA – Dallas
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Kim Campbell Former IWF Global President 2003 – 2005 USA – Southern California
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Allyson Maynard Gibson Former Leadership Foundation President
2003 – 2005
Former IWF Global President 2009 – 2011 The Bahamas
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Gay Cook Former IWF Global President 2005 – 2007 USA – Colorado
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Rosalind Gilmore Former Leadership Foundation President 2005 – 2007 United Kingdom
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Esther Silver-Parker Former IWF Global President 2007 – 2009 USA – Arkansas/New York
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Carol Cox Wait Former Leadership Foundation President 2007 – 2009 USA – Washington, DC
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Pamela Garside Former Leadership Foundation President 2009 – 2011 United Kingdom
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Deedee Corradini Former IWF Global President 2011 – 2013 USA – Utah
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Kathryn Checchi Former Leadership Foundation President 2011 – 2013 USA – Southern California and Washington, DC
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Ludmila Shvetsova Former IWF Global President 2013 – 2014 Russia
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Reem Abu Hassan Former Leadership Foundation President 2013 – 2015 Jordan
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Sein Chew Former IWF Global President 2014 – 2016 Hong Kong, SAR
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Françoise Lyon Former Leadership Foundation President 2015 – 2017 Canada
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Teresa V-F Weintraub Former IWF Global President 2016 – 2018 USA – Florida
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Holly Cannon Former Leadership Foundation President 2017 – 2019 USA – Washington DC
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Deborah Shannon Trudeau Former IWF Global President 2018 – 2020 Canada
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Toni Randolph Former Leadership Foundation President 2019 – 2020 USA – Florida
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Helen Rule Former IWF Global President 2020 – 2022 Australia

Local Forum Presidents

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Silvia Fesquet Argentina Journalist. Editor Chief Clarin Newspaper
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Cathy Doyle Australia Group Executive HR & Corporate Affairs ParaFlare
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Elisabeth Edhofer Austria CEO, Founder Edhofer Culture Consulting
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Tameka Forbes Bahamas Senior Vice President Human Resources Atlantis Paradise Island
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Donna Every Barbados Author, International Speaker and Leadership Facilitator DE International Inc.
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Janita Burke Bermuda Director Estera Services (Bermuda) Limited
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Catherine Roome British Columbia Board Director
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Catherine Décarie Canada Associate Vice President, Affinity Market Group TD Insurance
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Marion MacKenzie Canada – Atlantic Chapter Executive Coaching Practice Lead Royer Thompson
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Beverley Foy Canada – Calgary Chapter Volunteer Board Director Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation
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Gail Stepanik-Keber Canada – Edmonton Chapter Founder & Changemaker Triniti Solutions Inc.
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Nathalie Maille Canada – Montréal Chapter Directrice Generale Conseil des arts de Montreal
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Jill Bobula Canada – Ottawa Chapter President Canadian Regional Community Service
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Anne Miner Canada – Toronto Chapter Founder & CEO The Dunvegan Group Ltd.
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Jane Klugman Canada – Waterloo Chapter Senior Vice President Avison Young Commercial Real Estate Services, LP
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Beth Bell Canada – Winnipeg Chapter ICD.D Corporate Director IBM Canada
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Paula Gutierrez Chile Partner and Principal ESTUDIO PAULA GUTIERREZ
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Catalina Escobar Colombia Founder and CEO Juanfe Foundation
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Olga Eljuri de Doumet Ecuador CEO Compania Prohorizon SA
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Marita Markkula Finland Vice President, Marketing & Communications ICEYE
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Sandra Esquiva-Hesse France Partner, Member of Paris and New York Bar Simmons & Simmons LLP
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Petra Winter Germany Editor & Chief MADAME Magazine
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Catherine Engmann Ghana Managing Director Platinum Corporate Solutions
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Vivian Lau Hong Kong Chair & Group CEO Pacific Air Holdings Limited
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Fiona Tierney Ireland Non-Executive Director
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Pnina Sharvit Baruch Israel Adv. Israel Institute for National Security Studies
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Marina Romualdi Vaccari Italy International Cooperation Expert Self employed
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Allison Peart Jamaica Managing Director A. Peart Advisory Services Limited
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Samar Nassar Jordan General Secretary Jordan Football Association
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Melek el Nimer Lebanon Founder Unite Lebanon Youth Project
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Carmen Lopez Portillo Mexico Rectora Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana
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Sue Lindsay New Zealand CEO Real Insight Now
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Enrica Maria Ghia Northern Italy Partner GHIA Studio Legale Associato
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Susana Vallarino Panama CEO Corretajes del Pais, S.A
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Olga Bessolova Russia CEO Institure for Social Policy Research (SVUiR)
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Siak Ching Chong Singapore Chief Executive Officer National Gallery Singapore
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Nolitha Fakude South Africa Chairman of the Management Board Anglo American South Africa
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Blanca Montero Corominas Spain Subdirectora General Banco Sabadell
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Annika Rembe Sweden Chairperson The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education
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Joanne Salazar Trinidad & Tobago Owner/Director QED Consulting Ltd
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Cigdem Ayozger Ongun Turkey Managing Partner SRP Legal
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Marty Rolle United Kingdom Acting European General Counsel Oak View Group - International
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Laura Huckabee-Jennings USA – Alabama CEO Transcend, The Fearless Company
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JoAnn Holland USA – Arizona President/CEO Central Phoenix Women|East Valley Women|North Valley Women|Women of Scottsdale
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Marcy Doderer USA - Arkansas CEO Arkansas Children's Hospital
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Katie Tyler USA – Carolinas Founder Tyler 2 Construction, Inc.
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Joyce Winnecke USA – Chicago CEO JWinnecke Advisors LLC
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Jeanne Saunders USA – Colorado Objective Financial Advocate Saunders Financial
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Lucie Claire Vincent USA – Connecticut President and Managing Director Philip Morris International (former)
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Marie Meliksetian USA – Connecticut CEO Reliance Solution Services LLC
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Cynthia Mickens Ross USA – Dallas CEO Cynthia Mickens Enterprises, LLC & Ministries, Inc
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Genevieve (Ginny) Hill USA – Delaware CEO Girl Scouts Central & Southern NJ
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Lucy Morillo USA – Florida President and CEO/Publisher LM & Associates (LMA)
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Lucie Lapovsky USA – Florida Suncoast Higher Education Consultant Lapovsky Consulting
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Blythe Robinson USA – Georgia President & CEO Sheltering Arms
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Diane Chang USA – Hawaii Educational Specialist University of Hawaii at Mānoa, College of Social Sciences
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Janet L. Gallimore USA – Idaho Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Idaho State Historical Society, an executive branch agency of Idaho State Government
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Pam Gagel USA – Kansas Attorney Self-Employed
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Diane Medley USA – Kentucky Partner Emeritus Cherry Bekaert LLP
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Meredith Hathorn USA – Louisiana Managing Partner Foley & Judell, LLP
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Katie Fullam Harris USA – Maine Chief Government Affairs Officer MaineHealth
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Adrienne Penta USA – Massachusetts Managing Director; Executive Director Brown Brothers Harriman Center for Women & Wealth (CW&W)
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Shirley Stancato USA – Michigan Chair Wayne State University Board of Governors
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Beverly Wade Hogan USA – Mississippi President Emerita Tougaloo College
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Lynn Wittels USA – Missouri President and CEO Jewish Community Center
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Faye Warren USA – Montana Senior Vice President Stockman Bank
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Julie Gilday-Shaffer USA – Nevada President / CEO The JGS Group, LLC
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JoAnn Piedmont USA – New Jersey Executive Circana
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Barbara(BJ) Jones USA – New Mexico Chief Diversity & Impact Officer Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union
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Daisey Holmes USA – New York President BNY Mellon Foundation
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Heather Pelant USA – Northern California Partner Baker Street Advisors
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Carol McGuire USA – Ohio President CAM Associates, LLC
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Mary Frates USA – Oklahoma President (retired) Oklahoma Arts Institute
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Melody Rose USA – Oregon Principal WittKieffer
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Cynthia Kanai USA – Palm Beach President First Serve
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Mary Austen USA – Pennsylvania President and CEO Tierney
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Susan Kirsch USA – Pittsburgh Senior Partner Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.
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Linda LoRe USA – Southern California CEO and Co-Founder INJOY GLOBAL INC
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Deborah Varallo USA – Tennessee CEO Varallo Public Relations
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Jane Macon USA – Texas Partner Bracewell LLP
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Gracie Cavnar USA – Texas – Houston Founder & CEO Recipe for Success Foundation
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Cathy Angstman USA – Utah Retired Previously Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley
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Caroline Carpenter USA – Vermont President National Bank of Middlebury
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Victoria Gottlieb USA – Washington DC Senior Director, Global Partnerships Marriott International, Inc.
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Nicole Grogan USA – Washington State Chief People Officer Intellectual Ventures
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Toni Sikes USA – Wisconsin CEO CODAworx

Global Headquarters Team

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Stephanie Mathews O'Keefe Chief Executive Officer International Women's Forum
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Lynne Manrique Vice President Leadership and Educational Programs International Women's Forum
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Sabrina Wallach Vice President, Finance and Operations International Women's Forum
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Katya Wildgen Vice President Creative Services and Production International Women's Forum
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Angela Gaston Membership and Governance Manager International Women's Forum
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Mary Guido Director Global Meetings & Events International Women's Forum
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Paul Johnson Senior Advisor International Women's Forum
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Michael Luecke Assistant to the CEO and Development Manager International Women's Forum
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Rachel Yost Director of Partnerships and Philanthropy International Women's Forum