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Women Who Make a Difference

Celebrating transformational leaders

Women Who Make A Difference salutes IWF members who have demonstrated innovative, tenacious and transformational leadership, both locally and globally, over the arc of their careers. Their accomplishments are an inspiration for current and future leaders seeking to change the world.

Meet Our 2024 Honorees

Wafa Awni Alkhadra


American University of Madaba

IWF Jordan

Anilore Banon


Anilore Banon Studio

IWF France

Barbara Bylenga

Founder and CEO


IWF Northern California

Kai-Yin Lo


YIN Expressions Ltd

IWF Hong Kong

Kristen Miale

Managing Director

Caswell Advisory Group

IWF Maine

Liz Neumark

Founder and CEO

Great Performances

Women’s Forum of New York

Jacqueline Quamina


Corporate Law, Governance, and Banking

IWF Trinidad and Tobago

Mina Teicher


Bar-Ilan University, University of Miami

IWF Israel


Shining a light on the art of the possible

Select Previous Awardees

Gloria Allred, Esq.,

  • IWF Southern California
  • Renowned civil and human rights lawyer

Dr. Cheong Koon Hean

  • IWF Singapore
  • Urban planner, architect, and Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Development Board of Singapore

Ilya Espino de Marotta

  • IWF Panama
  • EVP for Engineering and Programs Management of the Panama Canal, and the woman who re-engineered the Panama Canal

Sister Stanislaus Kennedy

  • IWF Ireland
  • Visionary and social innovator, and Founder of Focus Ireland

The Honorable Madeleine Kunin

  • IWF Vermont
  • Former Governor of Vermont and US Ambassador to Switzerland

Zanele Mbeki

  • IWF South Africa
  • Founder, and Patron of the Women’s Development Bank Trust and former First Lady of South Africa

Denise Morrison

  • IWF New Jersey
  • Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup Company

Nyamko Sabuni

  • IWF Sweden
  • Swedish Minister for Gender Equality

Jo Luck

  • IWF Arkansas
  • CEO of Heifer International

All award candidates must meet the following criteria:

The candidate is an active, current member of the International Women’s Forum. She embodies the values of IWF’s founders and demonstrates innovative, tenacious leadership in the face of challenges and adversity.

The candidate has exhibited transformational professional leadership over the arc of her career. She is recognized as an authority in her profession nationally or globally.

The impact of her personal leadership is noteworthy and recognizable. She is grounded in her community and her engagement connects local to global and global to local.