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In the Lead provides a unique window into the lives of IWF members and other impressive women who are leading in their fields around the world.


In the Lead: Nobel Laureates Drs. Frances Arnold & Donna Strickland

Dr. Frances Arnold (left) and Dr. Donna Strickland (right) speaking at the 2019 IWF World Leadership Conference in Toronto

While in Toronto for the 2019 IWF World Leadership Conference, we inducted two outstanding women into our Hall of Fame: Drs. Frances Arnold and Donna Strickland. Two leading scientists, two Nobel Prize Laureates and two role models for women and girls in science.

Dr. Frances Arnold, a member of IWF Southern California, is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. She won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018, only the fifth woman to do so, for her method of creating better enzymes in the laboratory using the principles of evolution. Dr. Donna Strickland, an honorary IWF member, is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. She received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for developing chirped pulse amplification with Dr. Gérard Mourou.

For this edition of In the Lead, we wanted to hear more from these accomplished experts. We asked each woman about life after winning the Nobel, new thoughts on their respective innovations, and how we can encourage more young people to take up science.

In the Lead: Nobel Laureates Drs. Frances Arnold & Donna Strickland
In the Lead: Nobel Laureates Drs. Frances Arnold & Donna Strickland

In the Lead: Tina Moen with IBM Watson Health

Tina-Moen-Top-Banner.jpgDr. Tina Moen (far right) speaks as a panelist during the 2019 IWF World Leadership Conference in Toronto.

Dr. Tina Moen has spent 17 years in the healthcare information technology industry providing clinical leadership to colleagues and clients in the United States and abroad. She currently serves as Senior Deputy Chief Health Officer and Chief Pharmacy Officer with IBM Watson Health.

In the Lead: Tina Moen with IBM Watson Health
In the Lead: Tina Moen with IBM Watson Health

In the Lead: German Ambassador Emily Haber

German Reunification Day (or German Unity Day) is a significant holiday to the German people. After World War II, Germany was divided into East and West Germany for almost half a century. On October 3, 1990, both sides were officially reunified into one country.

To help commemorate this important day, we spoke with H.E. Emily Haber, the Ambassador of Germany to the United States and a new member of IWF Washington, D.C. Ambassador Haber is a career foreign service officer who has worked on security and migration at the height of the refugee crisis in Europe. In this capacity, she worked closely with the United States on issues from the fight against terrorism to global cyberattacks and cybersecurity.

For this edition of In the Lead, Ambassador Haber told us about becoming a new member of the IWF community, what German Reunification Day means to Germans and what she thinks women bring to the field of diplomacy.

In the Lead: German Ambassador Emily Haber
In the Lead: German Ambassador Emily Haber

In the Lead: Katharina Zellweger

Banner-I.jpg IWF Hong Kong member and 2019 WWMD honoree Katharina Zellweger (in black) poses with female cataract patients in North Korea.

For this edition of In the Lead, we are delighted to feature one of the extraordinary Women Who Make a Difference honorees who will be celebrated at our International Hall of Fame Awards Gala in Toronto on November 15. IWF Hong Kong member Katharina Zellweger manages KorAid Limited, a Hong Kong-based NGO she established in 2015 that serves children in institutions and the disabled in North Korea and China.

For this edition of In the Lead, we are delighted to feature IWF Hong Kong Member Katharina Zellweger.
In the Lead: Katharina Zellweger

In the Lead: Melanie Goodchild

Photo by Alisha Townsend/Grand Magazine

Earlier this month, we commemorated International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (August 9), which shines a light on the unique indigenous cultures and languages around the globe. To help celebrate, we are highlighting the work of indigenous activist Melanie Goodchild. Melanie is a Senior Indigenous Research Fellow, Ambassador and Suncor Fellow at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience, founder of Turtle Island Institute, and an IWF Fellow alumna. She is a member of the Anishinaabe community, and utilizes that background to inform her research around sustainability and systems thinking.

At the IWF World Leadership Conference in Toronto, Melanie will speak on a panel about entrepreneurship, economic development and social innovation. Here, we asked her about using indigenous knowledge to combat climate change, how the IWF Fellows Program influenced her professional journey, and what it takes to join a group called the Iron Butt Association.

In the Lead: Melanie Goodchild
In the Lead: Melanie Goodchild

In the Lead: Reflecting On 45 Years

Above, IWF founders Muriel Fox (left) and Eleanor Holmes Norton are honored at the 2019 Elly Awards in New York City.

For this edition of In the Lead, we’re looking back at the people and stories that converged to create the International Women’s Forum 45 years ago. In the following video, Women’s Forum of New York founder Muriel Fox provides an oral history of the organization, including her relationship with fellow founder Elly Guggenheimer, her own professional journey and her role in the larger women’s movement.

In the Lead: Reflecting On 45 Years
In the Lead: Reflecting On 45 Years
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