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Last modified: December 5, 2010, 10:20 PM
The International Women's Forum is advancing women's leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world's most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. Through this global organization, IWF members come together across national and international boundaries to share knowledge and ideas, to enrich each other's lives, to provide a network of support and to exert influence. Through the Leadership Foundation, IWF helps prepare future generations of women leaders.
Founded in 1982 in the United States, the International Women's Forum has grown across five continents into 23 nations and 64 affiliated forum locations. Now, nearly 30 years later, there are over 4,500 women leader-members participating in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Pacific Basin, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. With forums throughout the world, the IWF facilitates networking among women of achievement and promotes opportunities for women in leadership.
IWF's founders, Elinor Guggenheimer and Eleanor Holmes Norton, envisioned creating a networking vehicle for top women leaders. Today, IWF is a world-class leadership association of global importance providing access, information, leadership exchange and development for women on issues of international concern.
Providing support, professional opportunities, camaraderie and input for women leaders at home where they live through affiliated forum activities, IWF's substantive programming also provides a global stage upon which women leaders can meet, confer, resolve, and develop opportunities that expand prospects for women and girls throughout the world.