Dear IWF Members,
This has been a year of growth and transformation for IWF. As we continue this period of positive change, we are increasing our communication with you. This is the first of many times you will hear from me to update you on IWF activities and events.
Over the past 12 months, the IWF member leadership has worked to build upon our organization's mission and identity as the best organization connecting and supporting global women leaders:
- The board voted to approve the induction of four new Forums. We are pleased to welcome IWF Ghana, IWF France, IWF Finland and IWF Panama.
- The IWF and Leadership Foundation Boards of Directors undertook an in-depth project to update all board bylaws, ensuring better governance, transparency and balance.
- At the World Leadership Conference, The Presidents' Council met to share best-practices, hear updates from the IWF and Leadership Foundation Boards, and provide feedback to IWF global. We plan to continue expanding the opportunity for Presidents to meet and engage in meaningful dialogue.
- Two new committees were created. The Forum Sustainability & Development Committee was formed to serve as a resource for Forums at any stage of development, especially those who have been in existence less than five years. TheCommunications Committee is tasked with increasing communications both with members and external audiences.
- We appointed a new CEO, Stephanie Mathews O'Keefe. I encourage you to take the time to connect with her. She will be reaching out as she travels to meet and speak with local Forums. The announcement of her appointment can be found here: Announcement
- For the first time, we conducted a member survey to understand both demographic information and the value of IWF to you. Your local Forum President recently received a copy of the top line information to share with you.
- The Leadership Foundation's Fellows Program began its 23rd year, welcoming 34 Fellows from 13 nations. The Fellows will be mentored by IWF members and attend executive leadership training at both Harvard Business School and INSEAD. The first session of this years' program convened prior to the World Leadership Conference in Chicago. Meet the 2016-17 Fellows Class.
- The Women Athletes Business Network Mentoring Program (WABN), funded in partnership with EY, supports elite female athletes as they transition from sport into the next phase of their careers. The second year of the program welcomed a class of 25 mentees-each mentored by an IWF member. The program is currently welcoming applications for the 2017 class. View the EY WABN Mentees and IWF Mentors.
- In 2014, IWF was granted Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council on women and leadership. In Chicago, our IWF UN Committee met with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, to discuss next steps for our collaboration. I will report back to you soon with our progress on this important activity.
- The 2016 global conferences were two of the most successful in IWF's history. IWF Israel warmly welcomed us to Tel Aviv for an engaging and enjoyable Cornerstone Conference. The World Leadership Conference in Chicago was the largest on record with nearly 1,000 leaders in attendance. IWF Israel and IWF Chicago deserve a thank you from all of us for their time, leadership and commitment to IWF.
I hope to see each of you at the Cornerstone Conference in Stockholm, Sweden on May 17-19, 2017 and the World Leadership Conference in Houston, Texas on October 25-27, 2017.
IWF is a remarkable organization. Your engagement is vital to sustaining the traditions of IWF and to ensuring that this culture continues. Together, we can advance leadership-locally and globally.
Teresa V-F Weintraub, IWF President