Read about the exciting changes for IWF Georgia member, Cathy Cox:
Amy Baxter MD, Founder & CEO, MMJ Labs LLC is receiving an award in NYC on May 1st. View article at the following link:
It is difficult to believe we are well into August, and the summer will soon come to an end. I do hope your spring and summer have allowed you to enjoy safe and happy moments with family and friends….and with your fellow IWF members! Once again, there is so much to report to you about IWF Georgia’s recent and upcoming programs: IWF Global’s recent and upcoming conferences; the work being done by your Board of Directors and their Committees; and the many, many recognitions and accomplishments of our own members. As I have said before, I am forever in awe of how accomplished and celebrated our own IWF Members are.
In the Garden
On May 24, Mary Pat Matheson, President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, hosted our members for a fabulous lunch at the new Linton’s at the Garden; shared comments with us about the business of running the Garden; and provided hostesses for us to have tours of the incredible Chihuly Exhibit. And we were so fortunate to have had spectacular weather for this special opportunity. Click here for photos from this and other recent events.
(Pictured here - Mary Pat Matheson, President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens speaks to IWF members)
Summer Cocktail Gatherings
In past summers, we have organized one informal summer cocktail gathering. This year, the Program Committee, chaired by Pat Upshaw-Monteith, organized three informal gatherings: Dolce in the Shops of Buckhead on June 27; the Mandarin Oriental on July 20; and MOCA-GA to see the fabulous Herb Creecy exhibit on August 2. A huge thanks to Aida Flamm for organizing the Dolce and Mandarin Oriental evenings; and to Annette Cone-Skelton and Claudia Patton for the MOCA-GA evening.
We have had such a positive response to the summer cocktail gatherings that we are adding a fourth! So mark your calendar to join us on Tuesday, August 30th at the home of Amanda Brown-Olmsted. An invitation has been sent!
Dine Arounds on Sept 13 and 20
We are offering our members an option of attending the September Dine Arounds on either date, hoping that this will enable more of you to attend this very special and intimate evening in one of our member’s homes. And we are still asking for volunteers to host a Dine Around for either date, so please let either Jennifer Langley at firstname.lastname@example.org know if you are available to host. (We do all of the work for you.)
October 11, November 9 and December 4
Please be sure you are marking your calendar for our remaining programs in 2016. October 11 is our Annual Meeting and once again, will be hosted by Leslie Sibert at Georgia Power’s offices. November 9 is a very exciting program with Bud Peterson, President of Georgia Tech and we will be touring the Tech Innovation Center after Bud speaks to us. And our Holiday Party is being hosted by Carol Tome at her home on December 4. Watch for the invites for each of these events.
IWF Global Membership Survey - Deadline September 9
I hope you received the Member’s Survey from IWF Global. IWF is in an important juncture in the growth of the organization and needs a deeper understanding of what you value most about your IWF Membership, as well as improvements or changes you would like to see. Please take this opportunity to provide candid input. IWF is your organization and your feedback is critical to the success of the organization. Your answers and comments are confidential—at no time will your input be linked to you individually. To access the questionaire and provide your feedback, please click here.
IWF Global Conferences
Tel Aviv: Seek, Solve, Soar (May 17-19)
IWF Conferences are always magical experiences and the conference in Tel Aviv did not disappoint. We had seven of our IWF Georgia members in attendance. IWF Israel was simply outstanding in hosting and handling large and small details directed toward an exceptional conference experience. From beginning to end, it was content rich and well executed. Remarks from Shimon Peres, Ninth President of the State of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, spoke to us at the Opening Ceremony. There were so many highlights of the program, it is a challenge to single out any one speaker or panel, but all did love hearing from American Astronaut Cady Coleman. And to quote our IWF Georgia and Global Board member, Marsha Sampson Johnson, “The mind and range of emotions get good workouts at IWF conferences. Well worth the investment!”
(L to R: Renee Werbin, Kathy Bremer, Ceree Eberly, Lynn Borsuk, Chris St.Clare, IWF Canadian Member, Claudia Patton, Liane Levetan)
Chicago: Crossroads of Change (September 28-30)
In Chicago, women leaders from over 40 nations will connect, converse and collaborate with experts and global leaders on the changes underway and what lies ahead in the new wave of commerce, transportation, media, the threats of terrorism, and new ideas remaking the world. We know that many of you have already registered, and as the conference is now sold out, if you would like to put your name on the wait list, click here to log in with your membership credentials. If you do plan to attend, please let me know.
A big thanks to those of you that submitted nominations for membership. The Membership Committee, Chaired by Pat Robinson, has worked diligently to review the many nominees and will be presenting a proposed list at the September 8 Board of Directors Meeting. You will hear shortly afterwards as to the decision on your nominee. It was a very impressive list and I think you will be pleased when you learn about the impressive women being asked to join our IWF Forum.
(L to R: Pat Robinson & Liz Blake)
Opportunities for our Members
Our member, Lisa Gordon, is the CEO of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. In recent years, Habitat has organized an “Atlanta Women’s Build” and given recent success, has a goal of building two homes from September 24-November 7. And “Executive Women’s Build Day" is Wednesday, October 19. Please contact Lisa at email@example.com if you are interested in participating or if you want to organize a group of your IWF friends!
(L to R: Lisa Gordon & Claudia Patton)
There continue to be so many exciting announcements regarding our members, and it is difficult to include all of them, and I worry about the many that won’t be included here. I do want to mention and congratulate Linda Klein, who on Monday, August 8, was named as President of the American Bar Association, the world’s largest legal organization with over 400,000 members. Congratulations Linda! And a mention and word of appreciation to Elisabeth Marchant, who announced the decision to close Womenetics. Certainly every one of us have enjoyed one of her many programs, particularly the POW!Awards program where so many of our own members have been recognized. We thank you Elisabeth for your undaunted efforts to promote and advance women leaders! And last, not least, on August 20th, Kathy Bremer, our Vice President, will be honored at the CHRIStal Ball, benefitting CHRISKids. Please contact Candy Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend or organize a group of IWF members at a table.
(L to R: Laura Hardman, Andrea Young, Teya Ryan, Amb. Mary Ann Peters, Ann Cramer, Chris St.Clare)
We are enjoying an unprecedented year in terms of programs and member engagement. We are excited about the remaining calendar of events for 2016 and hope to see you at one or all of the upcoming events. As I have said before, the more you participate in IWF, the greater the value for your membership dues! IWF participation results in building new and lasting relationships with women of great achievements!!
President, IWF Georgia
The last time I wrote to our members, summer was coming to an end, and now here we are, just days away from Autumn turning into Winter. I can assure you that it has been a very busy three months for IWF (both Global and Georgia). A brief update follows:
New IWF Georgia Members
The Membership Committee, chaired by Pat Robinson, concluded their extensive work on considering the over 30 nominations received from all of you, our members. Their work included looking at very lengthy nomination forms and bios, with strong consideration given to diversity and balance in our organization. On September 8, the Board approved the eighteen names put forth by the Committee and I am excited to tell you that seventeen (17) of the 18 accepted our invitation. Nearly all of the new members, and one of two transferring members from other IWF chapters, attended the Board of Directors’ Reception for the New (and transferring) Members in my home on November 6. Our new members include:
1. Cathy Adams - COO and EVP, Federal Home Loan Bank
2. Patricia Arundel – Executive Leader, Google Android Carrier Partnerships
3. Kali Wilson Beyah – Director-Assistant General Council and Government Affairs, Delta Airlines
4. Mary Schmidt Campbell – President, Spelman College
5. Elise Eplan – Founder and President, The Eplan Group
6. Dr. Meredith Evans – Director, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
7. Kate Gutman – Senior VP of Worldwide Sales and Solutions, UPS
8. Julie Haley – CEO and Founder, Edge Solutions
9. Holly Hughes – CEO, Collier International Management
10. Helene Lollis – President and CEO, Pathbuilders
11. Stephanie Mains – CEO GE Industrial Services and VP General Electric Company
12. Judith Monroe – President and CEO, CDC Foundation
13. Bea Perez – Global Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
14. Beth Reese – Former Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer, AGL Resources
15. Blythe Robinson – CEO, Sheltering Arms
16. Patricia Russell-McCloud – Attorney, Author and Internationally Acclaimed Speaker
17. Mary Beth Walker – Dean, Andrew Young School of Public Policy Studies
18. Margaret Callihan – Chief Human Resource Officer, Suntrust. Transferring from the Florida Chapter
19. Kathryn Musholt – Retired CEO, Daughters of Charity Services Arkansas, a division of Ascension Health. Transferred from the Arkansas Chapter
Please join me and the Board in thanking Pat Robinson and her Committee and in welcoming these great women into our Forum. Many have already said they will be attending the upcoming events this year!
(L to R) Susana Chavez, Alicia Ivey, Roxanne Douglas, Pat Upshaw-Monteith, Amanda Brown Olmstead, Dianne Harnell Cohen, LaVelle Olexa, Michelle Swann, Chris St.Clare, Lianne Levetan, Lynn Borsuk, Leslie Sibert, Clare Richardson, Shirley Mitchell, Kathy Bremer, Jennifer Langley, Elizabeth Noe, Marsha Sampson Johnson, Gail Evans, Aida Perez Flamm
(L to R) Lianne Levetan and LaVelle Olexa
(L to R) Amanda Brown Olmsted and Clare Richarson
Annual Membership Meeting on November 11
On November 11, Georgia Power and Leslie Sibert hosted our Forum for lunch and our Annual Meeting, at The Gathering Place. Several key announcements were shared with the attendees and include:
New Board Members
The Nominating Committee, chaired by Past President Roxanne Douglas, presented the five new Board Members (effective January 1) that our membership voted on and approved. They are:
Candy Berman, President, Candy Berman & Associates
Mary Moore,Founder & CEO, The Cook's Warehouse
Erica Qualls-Battey, General Manager, Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Teya Ryan, President and Executive Director, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Beverly Thomas, Vice President, Public Affairs, Kaiser Permanente
Also, we recognized and thanked our retiring and/or resigning board members:
Erica Alexander, Area Vice President, Americas- Eastern Region, Marriott International, Inc.
Annette Cone-Skelton, Co-Founder/President/CEO/Founding Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA)
Henna Inam, Global Speaker, Author "Wired for Authenticity", Executive Coach, Organizer TEDxWomen, Forbes Leadership Blogger
Penny McPhee, President and Trustee, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Shirley Mitchell, Former Senior Vice President Marketing Strategist, U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management
I announced that Liz Blake, with Roxanne Douglas, has drafted a new and updated set of by-laws for our IWF Forum. This effort was done for many reasons, and involved looking at other Forums' by-laws; enhancing consistency; factoring in Georgia requirements for non-profits; and aligning our practices and requirements. Under both our old and our new proposed by-laws, our members vote on any amendments or changes. Accordingly, in the next few days, you will get a ballot with a copy of the proposed by-laws, to consider. We request your vote of approval. It is our goal to have this accomplished before yearend, allowing us to start 2017 with the new by-laws.
During the year, Roxanne Douglas led a Board task force that included non-Board members to benchmark with other forums and determine best practice for membership categories and membership requirements. Roxanne presented her task force’s recommendations, and after much consideration, the Board voted on the following changes to be reflected either in the by-laws (categories of membership) or Forum Policies (requirements of membership).
The membership categories are “Active Membership”; “Approved Inactive”; “Emerita”; and “Honorary”. Each of these is defined in the proposed new by-laws.
Requirements for Active Membership, to be included in our Forum Policies, include:
—Timely payment of dues (within 90 days of invoicing)
—Participation in two formal or informal programs during the year
—Strong encouragement to periodically (once every 3 years) attend one of the two annual Global conferences
Increase in Annual Dues
For many years, IWF Georgia, along with all other forums, has paid a “per person” fee to IWF Global of $80, plus a fixed fee of $1,500. We were notified in the summer that IWF Global would be increasing the “per person” fee to $120, the first increase in over 10 years. Consequently, the Board formed a task force, chaired by Shirley Mitchell, to look at membership dues in other forums of our relative size. Our annual dues of $350, which have not been increased for a few years, were at the lower end of the range and also included more programs than other forums. In light of the IWF Global fee increase, combined with our goal of continuing to increase the quality of programming and to periodically fund a scholarship for an IWF Fellow, the Board approved a fee increase for 2017 to $450 for Active Membership. (Annual dues have also been adjusted for the new categories of Approved Inactive, to $325, and Emerita, also to $325.) Consequently, when we send the invoices out in early December for 2017 dues, you will see these increases.
Lastly, at our Annual Membership Luncheon Meeting, we were honored to hear from our most recent IWF Fellow, Danielle Donehew. Danielle dazzled us with stories of her experiences in the Fellows Program. Her presentation underscored why we want to continue to send such women of promise to this unique program.
October 11th Annual Meeting featuring Danielle Donehew, IWF Fellow
(L to R) Ellen Weaver Hartman and Marsha Sampson Johnson
(L to R) Lani Wong, Aida Perez Flamm, Marsha Sampson Johnson, Chris St.Clare
Exciting Upcoming Programs
November 29th Luncheon Meeting: Innovation Ecosystem at Georgia Tech, featuring Bud Peterson, President. Click here for details and to register.
December 4th Holiday Party, hosted by IWF member, Carol Tome’ in her beautiful home. Click here for details and to register.
January 10th Luncheon Meeting: “Addiction Confidential” program at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Details and registration coming soon.
Retreat, Retreat, Retreat! You won’t want to miss the first IWF Georgia Retreat in years, on February 23-24 at glorious and celebrated Serenbe. Speakers will include the Hon. Shirley Franklin and Gail Evans on a rewarding lifestyle change at every age and stage; and a panel on “rebooting” with Monica Pearson, Glenda Hatchett, Ann Cramer, Becky Blalock and Beth Schapiro. The retreat kicks off on the afternoon of Feb 23 with a progressive dinner at the homes of members Dianne Harnell-Cohen and Penny McPhee and includes a tour of homes and a private performance by the Serenbe Playhouse Apprentice Cast. Details and registration coming soon.
Chicago Global Leadership Conference: Cornerstones of Change, Sept 28-30
It is hard to believe that it has been two years since we hosted the Global Conference here in Atlanta, “Human Rights, Human Responsibilities” and we still hear praises for the content, organization and quality of our conference. But the conferences just get better and better and the Chicago conference was no exception. There were over 900 attendees from over 44 countries and I am excited that we had twelve (12) members of IWF Georgia in attendance, including Elizabeth Noe who said, “It was such an inspiring room of powerful and delightful women. The topics covered by the speakers were relevant, energizing and brought our minds to places we seldom visit. We were inspired to be innovative, think about the way things can be and stretch ourselves to make the world a better place. This is my first IWF Conference, but it will not be my last!”. Jennifer McCoy commented, “I was very impressed by the substantive content focused on the Crossroads of Change (very futuristic) and learned fascinating things also relevant to my own work. But I also found it rewarding to get to know better our own Atlanta members, as well as interesting women in the individual Dine-Around experiences.”
In connection with the Chicago Conference, there was a Presidents Council meeting, which was very well organized and helpful. Edelman presented a terrific study on the IWF brand and what differentiates IWF from other women’s organizations. And the results of the first global membership survey was presented with very interesting insights into what our members like and want. Lastly, we had a chance to meet the new IWF CEO, Stephanie O’Keefe and I am convinced she will be a superstar. This is a very exciting time for our organization!
Do not miss the opportunity to register for the IWF Cornerstone Conference, to be held in Stockholm next May. Announcements will come out at the first of the year.
(L to R) Molly Burke, Susan Bell, Shirley Mitchell, Elizabeth Noe, Jennifer McCoy, Chris St.Clare
We are rapidly bringing 2016 to a close and it has been a remarkable year of accomplishments. Accomplishments for our Forum, and also for our many members who are forever being recognized and awarded in the community, state, nationally or even globally. What an exciting group of women!!! Please help me and our Board by voting on the proposed by-laws; welcoming our new members; and marking your calendars now for the upcoming events.
My best and a Happy Thanksgiving,
President, IWF Georgia
We continue to have such good news about our many exciting programs, but also about our many extraordinary members. Almost every week I read about an award, a promotion or some recognition of one of our many members and it reminds me of what an accomplished and celebrated group of women our IWF Georgia members are.
February 10th Luncheon at The Carter Center, hosted by Ambassador Mary Ann Peters and Featuring President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter
We had a record attendance at this wonderful event that was in the planning for months. Working with our new member, Ambassador Mary Ann Peters and current CEO of the Carter Center since late last summer, we were able to get on the calendar of President and Mrs. Carter. President Carter joined us with some comments on his work and the focus on women and girls, and answered questions from our members. Mrs. Carter, one of our prestigious founders, joined us for the luncheon and for group photos. We had six current and Past Presidents in attendance, joining Mrs. Carter at her luncheon table. There are many wonderful photos that we can share with you and some will be on our website, or you can view & download Carter event photos by clicking here. We want to thank both The Carter Center and Georgia Power for their generous support for the program, and of course, Mary Ann Peters for her tireless effort to help coordinate.
January 11th Luncheon: "Jerusalem: A City Divided" - hosted by Gail Evans
When IWF Global announced the 2016 Cornerstone Conference was to be held in Tel Aviv, Gail Evans immediately went to work to organize, host and sponsor a very informative program to help us understand and demystify the city of Jerusalem. The program had over 60 members attending and was a very exciting way to start our 2016 program year.
March 8 An Evening at The Opera
Months ago, we started meeting with Tomer Zvulen, the General Manager and Artistic Director for the Atlanta Opera. Tomer brings world class talent to our local opera company and is quickly bringing national and global accolades to the programming. We wanted to create an event that would allow our members a chance to get “up close and personal” with Tomer and with the Opera operations, by organizing a private dinner, backstage tour and best-in-class seats at the performance of Pirates of Penzance. If you haven’t signed up yet, please click here to email Jennifer Langley immediately if you are interested, and purchase/register online. The following are planning to attend:
Amanda Brown Olmstead
Dianne Harnell Cohen
Susana Chavez w/Jim O'Callahan
Aida Perez Flamm w/Karla Arriola
Mary Pat Matheson
In every Forum conference and in every Forum chapter, the overwhelming feedback from members is that Dine Arounds are the favorite event. These intimate dinners, hosted by members in their homes for six-ten members, provide a unique and bonding experience among our members. Please consider hosting a dinner in 2016 (April 12 is booked, but hostesses needed for September 13), and if you cannot host, please make sure to mark your calendars and click hereto attend. If you have attended in the past, you know why you don’t want to miss it. If you haven’t attended, come see why this is the favorite of all our programs.
IWF Global World Cornerstone Conference: Tel Aviv, Seek, Solve & Soar
If you are planning on attending this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in life-changing dialogs and meet women that are truly having a global impact, please let me or Jennifer Langley know as we plan to organize a small get-together while we are all in Tel Aviv. If you are interested and have not yet registered, click here for details and registration for the IWF World Cornerstone Conference in Tel Aviv, May 17-19, 2016.
There have been so many exciting announcements to mention and I am fearful of leaving some out, but one I must mention is the 2016 Annual POW! Awards. This year, five of the honorees are members of our IWF Forum: Carol Tome, (Lifetime Achievement Award recipient) and Ambassador Mary Ann Peters; Elisabeth Kiss; Wonya Lucas and Mary Moore. As you probably know, they will be honored at the Annual Luncheon on April 19th. If any of you have an interest in participating in an IWF table, please let me or Jennifer Langley know (Tickets are $250 each). To view more on this and other member news, click here.
We are off to a great start in 2016 and while we are so excited about your participation in our first two events, we hope to see you at the upcoming programs and Dine Arounds. I know you will find that the more you participate, the more value you will realize from getting to know the many remarkable women that make up our IWF Georgia Forum.
President, IWF Georgia
Liz Blake, retired senior vice president of Habitat for Humanity International, has been appointed chair of the Carter Center's Board of Councilors for 2016. The board comprises 239 members, who serve as a leadership advisory group that promotes understanding among opinion leaders and the broader community of The Carter Center and its activities. Click here for more details.
IWF Members including Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Ann Peters, Carol Tome (Lifetime Achievement Award), Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, Wonya Lucas and Mary Moore will be honored at the luncheon awards program on April 19. For details and tickets to the event, click here.
MARIETTA — Shan Cooper stunned many in the community this week when it was announced she was stepping down as Lockheed Martin’s vice president and general manager of the company’s Marietta facility, but Cooper said her decision was motivated by a desire to stay in Cobb County.
“From a personal perspective, I really wanted to be in a position where I was going to be here locally. I love Cobb County, I love the Atlanta area,” Cooper said in an interview with the MDJ on Friday.
As the general manager of the Marietta facility, which has shared a runway with Dobbins Air Reserve Base for more than 60 years, a promotion within Lockheed would have likely required her to move elsewhere, Cooper said.
“There would have been a strong possibility,” she said. “This role is the most senior role here, so if I was going to grow to the next level, it probably would have required a relocation. We just decided as a family — this was a joint decision with my husband, my daughter, my family and my parents and his parents and everybody had a vote — that we really love this area and I love this community and we really wanted to stay here.”
She’s also going to become a grandmother in May when her daughter, Chantel Williams, has her first child, making it even more important for Cooper to stay in Cobb.
Well, what an experience. Friday was filled with ceremony, emotional moments, love and family. I've attached photos of GT's Commencement and Hooding Ceremonies for PhDs. To my surprise, my one-in-a-million husband posted the most moving statement (along with the photos) on Facebook (can't believe he made this public!):
"Today has been a great day. I’m proud to announce that my wife, Diane Alleva Cáceres, officially received her PhD in International Affairs, Science, and Technology from Georgia Tech. In doing so she became the first woman to receive this degree from Georgia Tech. Today’s ceremony represents the culmination of seven years of study, research, travel, and (much) writing in addition to running her consulting firm in international business and raising our wonderful daughter.
It’s hard to express how wonderful it is to see someone you love achieve one of their lifelong dreams. Here at home, we all feel like we’re on cloud nine as we share Diane’s joy. Diane has been a true inspiration to me, our daughter, as well as our extended family and our friends. I couldn’t be prouder. Congratulations, Diane!"
Thanks to you wonderful women of the Bigger Game group for helping me through this experience. Onward and upward!
Diane Alleva Caceres, PhD
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
Center for European and Transatlantic Studies
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dear IWF Members:
The International Women's Forum is proud to release the videography, photo highlights and press coverage of the 2015 World Leadership Conference in Boston, Massachusetts - Transforming Tomorrow Today.
The heart of IWF - idea exchange, inspiration and advancing better leadership - was vibrantly represented during this exciting World Leadership Conference designed to explore innovations in science, medicine, food supply, energy, finance, education, and other game changing dynamics. A proud and grateful organization salutes our hosts - Massachusetts Women's Forum!
Please click on the links for a special look at this remarkable program.
Photo Gallery and Press Highlights
Video Highlights (password: iwforum)
Please mark your calendars now for IWF's upcoming World Cornerstone Conference - in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 17-19, 2016. We look forward to seeing you there when IWF will continue to provide our members with access and knowledge to the world's most critical issues, ideas and solutions. Conference registration will open in early 2016.
Recent updates on member achievements, honors, and awards. Please email Jennifer Langley, email@example.com, for any updates you'd like to share.