On March 20-21, we will begin IWF’s 50th Anniversary festivities by honoring you and reflecting on an idea powerful enough to circle the globe.

As we look forward to 2024, the anniversary of our founding, we want to recognize the women that have made IWF the strong, dynamic organization it is today. At the Visionary Leaders Celebration, we will reflect upon the success of the past 50 years and look at the potential for the next 50.


Monday, March 20

3:00 – 8:00 p.m. IWF Registration Desk

Peacock Alley
Right off the lobby of the Willard InterContinental.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Opening Reception

Willard Room

We are excited to welcome you to the iconic Willard Hotel for drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Opening Reception for IWF’s Visionary Leaders Celebration. Afterward, we encourage you to take advantage of the incredible dining experiences available in Washington. You can view a list of our favorite restaurants on the Accommodations & Travel page.

Remarks by Carolyn Carter, IWF President.

Tuesday, March 21

Sessions will take place in the Willard Room unless noted otherwise.

7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. IWF Registration Desk

Peacock Alley
Right off the lobby of the Willard InterContinental.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  Welcome

(For registered Visionary Leaders only)

We begin our program of Conversations that Count with a welcome and remarks by Carolyn Carter, IWF President, and member, Women’s Forum of New York.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Risk in the Virtual World

(For registered Visionary Leaders only)

For organizations and individuals, the risks in the virtual world are growing daily, both in their impact and diversity. From critical infrastructure to individual data privacy, threats are a concern for leaders everywhere. At the same time, there are great opportunities. Pamela Passman, APCO Worldwide’s Chair of Corporate and Managing Director of APCO’s New York office and APCO North region, former Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft Corporation and member IWF Washington, DC, will be joined by Lauren Van Wazer, Vice President, Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, for Akamai Technologies also a member of IWF Washington, DC, to share insights into the risks and opportunities as technologies continue to transform the world.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Advancing Women’s Leadership

(For registered Visionary Leaders only)

When IWF was founded in 1974, the challenges women faced as they sought to lead were tremendous. Today, many more women have opportunities to lead in every sector, but the present shows that the future requires an equal commitment to IWF’s mission. The Honorable Susan Rice, Domestic Policy Advisor to President Biden, and former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and National Security Advisor to the President, will share her personal perspective on visionary leadership and the role of women leaders in shaping the future in a conversation with IWF CEO Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.  Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Money, Power and Policy

(For registered Visionary Leaders only)

Every day, a new global challenge arises. From the Russian invasion of Ukraine to the earthquake in Turkey to significant economic uncertainty, leaders are making decisions in a profoundly complex context. The Honorable Henrietta Holsman Fore, Chairman and CEO of Holsman International, Senior Managing Partner, Radiate Capital, and former Executive Director, UNICEF (IWF Washington, DC), joins Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director of the Women and Politics Institute, American University (IWF Washington, DC) to discuss these conflicts and crises and how public policy, the power of multi-lateral organizations, and investment of both public and private funds can promote stability and increase wellbeing for people everywhere.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch – The Presidents’ Panel


  • Carolyn Carter, IWF President
    Women’s Forum of New York
  • Allyson Maynard-Gibson, K.C., Chairperson, University of The Bahamas Board of Trustees
    IWF Bahamas
  • Esther Silver-Parker, President and CEO of The SilverParker Group
    IWF Arkansas
  • Deborah Trudeau, Corporate Director, Trudeau Corp.
    IWF Canada
  • Teresa Valdes-Fauli Weintraub, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith, Inc.
    IWF Florida

2:00 p.m. Bus Departure to the Kennedy Center – shuttles will depart from F Street

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. President Kennedy’s Vision for A New Frontier for the Arts: A VIP Tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

(For registered Visionary Leaders only)

Just over 50 years ago, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opened to the public, fulfilling President Kennedy’s vision of an “American contribution to the human spirit.” It is the busiest and largest performing arts center in the United States, with more than 2,000 events each year. On this behind-the-scenes tour, you will be welcomed by Kennedy Center President and IWF DC member Deborah Rutter and learn about the inclusive philosophy of the performing arts that is expressed through performances at venues throughout the center. The tour will include an exploration of the REACH, the new collaborative space which expands upon Kennedy’s vision.

5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Pre-Dine Around Reception

Pierce Room
Located on the lower level of the Willard InterContinental.

Kindly refer to the back of your badge for your Dine-Around departure time.

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Diplomatic Dine Arounds

We are honored to be hosted by Ambassadors to the United States in their residences for small, seated dinners. Your hosts will encourage global conversations focused on important issues facing you as women leaders from around the world.

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