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The Future of Entertainment and Film


Using the Power of Partnership to Drive Sustainable Change Presented by Primark, Part of Associated British Foods

On Wednesday, April 28th, IWF held a Special Interest Group: Health Care for a discussion with Prof. Mercè Boada, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, Fundació ACE, Barcelona Alzheimer Treatment and Research Center; and Margarita Estévez-Abe, PhD, Co-Director, Center for European Studies Department of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University (member only). 


Our special session with Women’s Forum of New York member, Ann Sarnoff. As the first women to hold the role of Chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, Ann joined us for a conversation discussing where and how the industry is innovating and what we can expect in the future.



Through its transformative initiative, the Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme is proving that producing cotton can be both more sustainable AND provide economic empowerment to women. On Wednesday, March 3 we heard from the women who created this successful initiative.








The COVID-19 Vaccine: How the Race Was Won and What Comes Next


An Intergenerational Conversation on Race Presented by Walmart


The Global Energy Outlook Presented By Chevron

Six months ago, Susan Silbermann participated in an IWF session where she shared how Pfizer was responding and what she had learned as the leader of the company’s Global COVID-19 Task Force. Now with a vaccine launched, Susan joined us again to reflect on where we are now, how we got here and where we are going with COVID vaccines.


On Wednesday, December 9 we held a special session - An Intergenerational Conversation on Race Presented by Walmart. In this dynamic session, we had a candid dialogue on the topic of racial equity and how the generational gap is transforming our perceptions of race.


On November 12 we held a special session, The Global Energy Outlook Presented by Chevron. This candid dialogue focused on how COVID-19 has changed the energy outlook, the realities of the energy transition and new innovations that will change the future of energy and the entrepreneurial opportunities they offer.









Special Interest Group: Philanthropy
Special Interest Group: Health Care


Dreams Disrupted: An Insider’s View to the Cancellation of the 2020 Games

 On Wednesday, September 30, we were joined by the Special Interest Group: Philanthropy for a discussion with La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. La June will talked about leadership, racial healing and how women’s leadership can change the world in this moment. 


On Thursday, September 24, we were joined by the Special Interest Group: Health Care for a discussion with Ivy Ng, CEO of Singapore Health and Services and member of IWF Singapore, Dr. Elena Orfanos-Boeckel, Internist, Praxis fuer Ganzheitliche Innere Medizin and member of IWF Germany, and Dr. Lucy Hone, Director, New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and member of IWF New Zealand.  

On Thursday, July 23 we were joined for a virtual conversation with Olympians, Donna de Varona (1960 Rome Games, 1964 Tokyo Games) and Rika Saito (2008 Beijing Games), discussing this historic decision to postpone the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.From the economic and political toll to what it means for the thousands of athletes slated to compete, the International Olympic Committee’s costly decision to postpone has affected millions. 








Community Wellness in the Time of Coronavirus: A Conversation with Walmart
The Path Forward: A Conversation with Dr. Bernice King and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best


Creating Real-Time Resilience

On Thursday, July 16, we welcomed Walmart’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Thomas Van Gilder, who shared his expertise on workplace and community wellness. From expanded sick leave policies to mandatory temperature checks and face masks, Dr. Van Gilder will duscussed how Walmart is helping their employees and customers adapt to a world that has a virus without a vaccine. 


 On, June 16, we welcomed two extraordinary IWF members for a much-needed conversation. Members were invited to a special virtual event with Dr. Bernice A. King and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best on the critical topic of policing, racism, community and cooperation. Jeanne Meserve, award-winning journalist and former CNN correspondent, will moderate the session.  

On June 11, well-being expert Dr. Lucy Hone shared her strategies to cope and the skills to develop true resilience. A founding member of IWF New Zealand, Dr. Hone shared her “real-time resilience” wisdom, including academic insights about the definition of resilience, as well as evidence-based and practical insights to support us through these challenging times.







COVID-19: The Race to Respond


The Power of Creativity


IWF Town Hall: Mental Health in the Time of a Pandemic

COVID-19 has brought unmeasured consequences around the world, affecting everyone from personal loss and isolation to societies in lockdown and economic destruction. On Thursday, May 28, we had a candid conversation with Women’s Forum of New York member Susan Silbermann of Pfizer, a global pharma leader who has stepped up in the fight against this disease. As the current President of Emerging Markets and leader of Pfizer’s Global COVID-19 Task Force, Susan is uniquely qualified to give us an inside and global perspective.


On May 26, we welcomed Kia Utzon-Frank and Raffaella Baruzzo, in conversation with IWF UK member and London conference co-chair Marty Wikstrom. Kia and Raffaella are business partners with BRIK chocolates, headquartered in London. These fascinating and dynamic women kickstarted a wonderful conversation about creativity, the creative process and how to use procrastination to your advantage.  

On May 14, we convened a virtual version of our signature Town Hall on a topic that is top of mind for everyone: sustaining emotional and mental health during the current global pandemic. IWF members Dr. Patricia Elder of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Dominique Lanctôt of Canada and “DrD” Dorianne Cara Weil of South Africa provided their counsel and insights.









Virtual Behind-the-Scenes at the National Gallery, London - A Conversation with Dr. Caroline Campbell


A Conversation in Cooking with Mexican Chef Martha Ortiz


The Geopolitical Implications of COVID19 with The Hon. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor
 On Tuesday, May 12, WF UK member Dr. Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research at the National Gallery, London, provided a look at this iconic London institution that has been specially curated for IWF members.    On Thursday, we welcomed IWF Mexico member, international award-winning restauranteur and chef Martha Ortiz for a conversation in cooking and the particular challenges for women chefs.  

As we continue our weekly care packages of exclusive virtual programming, we are extremely pleased to share our conversation with the Honourable Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor on the geopolitical implications of COVID19. 








A Conversation with Kathy Sullivan, Astronaut and the Most 


Mindfulness in the Time of a Pandemic with Dr. Ellen J. Langer
COVID-19 Briefing with IWF Member The Hon. Donna Shalala

Just in time to celebrate both Earth Day and the Hubble Space Telescope's 30th anniversary, our conversation with Kathy reviewed the transformative power of satellite imagery and the importance of the Hubble Telescope for everything from global defense to economic activity. 


On April 16, IWF hosted Massachusetts Women's Forum member and Mother of Mindfulness, Dr. Ellen J. Langer, for a virtual presentation on the prevalence of mindlessness and how it creates limits of our own making for our health and well being.


Our virtual COVID-19 briefing with IWF member and U.S. Congresswoman Donna Shalala, took place on Thursday, April 9. Donna provided an up-to-the-minute insider’s perspective on the global COVID-19 pandemic, including what the world can expect in the weeks and months ahead.












Coronavirus - Crisis and Opportunity





We're sharing a timely piece written by Clinical Psychologist and IWF South Africa member "DrD" Dorianne Weil.







2019 IWF World Leadership Conference Toronto
2019 IWF Cornerstone Conference Barcelona
Ideas Remaking the World

A selection of recorded sessions from the 2019 World Leadership Conference in Toronto.


A selection of recorded sessions from the 2019 Cornerstone Conference in Barcelona.   IWF members from around the world take center stage to introduce their cutting-edge concepts for building a better and more prosperous world. 



International Women's Forum