About IWF-DC

Founded in 1982, IWF-DC is a local forum of the International Women's Forum (IWF).

At IWF-DC, we are committed to advancing women's leadership locally and globally. We champion equality worldwide. IWF has more than 7,500 diverse and accomplished women from 33 countries and 74 local Forums as members. We answer high-achieving women leaders' need for a community of diverse thinkers. We are shaping a future in which leadership has no gender and the next generation is inspired and equipped to transform the world.


IWF-DC brings together some of the most accomplished women in America's capital city who lead in diverse fields and who share a common purpose in engaging and promoting women in leadership. Founded in 1982, the Women's Forum of Washington DC was created when Alexandra Armstrong and Susan Davis brought together a group of 35 women who were pioneers at the top of their respective fields to connect, share success and failures, and have some well-deserved fun.

The Women's Forum of Washington D.C., now known as the International Women's Forum of Washington D.C. (IWF-DC), has grown to more than 250 leading women in politics, business, law, government, medicine, industry, academia, the arts and sciences, technology, philanthropy, and more. It is an affiliate of the International Women's Forum (IWF)--the only organization of this scale that builds significant relationships between C-suite level women across countries and careers.

From its early days, the DC women's forum has played a standout role in the development of the International Women's Forum. Susan Davis, one of the DC Forum's founding members, served as the first president of IWF from 1985 to 1987 and was the catalyst for taking the organization global when it was incorporated as the International Women's Forum in 1987. In 1993, IWF-DC members Carol Cox Wait, Lou Kerr and Carolyn Golding obtained a government grant of $500,000 that started the successful IWF Leadership Fellows Program which offers customized leadership training for high-achieving women leaders on their path to the C-suite. Today IWF includes 74 local forums in 33 nations, a network of 7,500+ women leaders, and a thriving leadership development program for rising women leaders.

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Meet the Board

Victoria Gottlieb Headshot
Victoria Gottlieb
Marriott International Inc.
Sheila Stamps Headshot
Sheila Stamps
Anna Johnson Headshot
Anna Johnson
Associated Press
Susan Apgood Headshot
Susan Apgood
4media group, inc.
Debra Facktor Headshot
Debra Facktor
Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc.
Kristiina Helenius Headshot
Kristiina Helenius
Miltton USA
Shamim Jawad Headshot
Shamim Jawad
Ayenda Foundation
Karyn Temple Headshot
Karyn Temple
Motion Picture Association Inc
VP/IWF Fellows Program Liaison
Diane Groomes Headshot
Diane Groomes
District Wharf Association
Immediate Past President
Betsy Fischer Martin Headshot
Betsy Fischer Martin
Women & Politics Institute American University