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Fellows Program


Founded in 1990, it is a registered charity in the USA. The IWF, with 64 affiliates in 24 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Pacific Basin, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, is the world's preeminent association of top women leaders across all fields.

The Leadership Foundation utilizes IWF workplace learnings and research studies to assist women to transition to senior leadership roles. In 2007, the Club of Madrid and the European Union invited IWF to advise the African Women Leaders Project and provide women political leaders in Africa with new resources, skills, and contacts invited the Leadership Foundation. "It's great to find synergies between organizations of leaders and IWF is the gold standard of women's leadership," says the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, who as former Prime Minister of Canada, is a member of the Club of Madrid and a former IWF International President.

Working in conjunction with the United Nation's UNIFEM and the Council of Women World Leaders, the IWF Foundation connects its African Fellows with the African Women Leaders Project initiatives and activists.

Now in its 25th year, the Fellows Program was launched in 1994 with seed-funding from the U.S. Labor Department as a direct result of the Glass Ceiling Commission. The program annually convenes approximately 35 Fellows from around the world for a total of 20 days, offering customized leadership training for female executives on their path to the C-suite. The approach is holistic and focused on the participant’s personal and professional development, career path, and trajectory while embracing the value of an outside perspective.IWF’s response to the U.S. Government's 1991 Glass Ceiling Report. The report identified a stalling and dropout point for mid-career women leaders, who were approaching executive management ranks. The Leadership Fellows Program selects high-potential leaders from a competitive pool of applicants for a year-long, intensive training program.


  • promote opportunities for women in leadership
  • recognize and encourage women of achievement
  • help the next generation of women leaders from diverse backgrounds to reach new levels of achievement

If you are interested in learning more about the Fellows Program, please contact Jessa Cooke, Vice President of IWF, at or +1 202-387-1010. Applications for the 2021-2022 Fellows Class are due June 1, 2021.


  • Canada: Some of the local Chapters have begun their own mentoring programs. The Waterloo Region Chapter launched a 10-month mentorship program in 2011 matching 12 dynamic businesswomen in the area who are also IWF Canada members with 12 high potential businesswomen. The purpose of the program is to share the wisdom and experience members have accumulated in their rich, varied and successful careers with their young protégées. Montreal Chapter has a well-established mentorship program and a strategy to promote women's leadership in the local community.
  • Jordan: A locally based program provides women in the banking and business sectors training and workshops on issues such as communications and conflict resolution, public speaking, and crisis management.
  • South Africa: A local Fellows program is aimed at young women in senior management positions. This year-long training program held at the Gordon Institute of Business Science focuses on topics such as strategic management and leadership and aims to groom South African women to become in-house agents of change.
  • Russia:  A recent partnership with UNICEF and the Merck Corporation organizing an international conference devoted to women's and children's health – an issue that is crucial to the country's future.
  • China: In partnership with the All-China Women's Federation, the IWF Leadership Foundation conducted a joint leadership seminar in Beijing to discuss the future for women leaders in China.  At the leadership session, the Foundation invited over 15 young Chinese women to meet with their elders, the current class of Fellows, and other international counterparts for a candid and fruitful exchange about the role of women in China and in particular, the role of mentoring.


The International Women’s Forum Announces
27th Annual Class of Fellows Program Participants.

The 2020-2021 Class features 28 top-performing women leaders from 14 countries.

WASHINGTON, D.C.[September 30, 2020] – Today, the International Women’s Forum (IWF) announced the 2020-2021 Fellows Class.

Each year, IWF invests in making women stronger, smarter, and more influential through the Fellows Program, a year-long, intensive leadership development experience. Among the newly announced cohort of Fellows are entrepreneurs, academics, government officials, nonprofit leaders, and corporate executives, each chosen for their demonstrated leadership capacity.


Canadian Fellows

2020 - 2021

Vicki Knott
CEO and Co-Founder
Crux OCM
Calgary Chapter
Leanna Falkiner
Chief Strategy, Digital and Marketing Officer
evoQ International
Toronto Chapter

Meet the entire 2020-2021 Fellows Class here.

2019 - 2020  
Christine Chambers Maude LeBlond, Montréal

Annalise Czerny, Toronto

Anita Nowak, Montréal

2018 - 2019  
Helena de Oliveira, Montréal

Carmen Lee

Ève Laurier, Montréal

Devorah Lithwick

2017 - 2018  

Krista Friesen

Tracey Pearce, Toronto

Kelly Gillis, Ottawa

Fernanda Pedroso, Montréal

2016 - 2017  

Bambina Marcello, Toronto

Claudia Thompson, Ottawa

Eleanor Marshall

2015 - 2016  

Sylvianne Chaput, Montréal

Melanie Goodchild

Claire Gillies, Toronto

2014 - 2015  

Danielle Ferron, Montréal

Christine Hanson, Atlantic

Pascale Fournier, Montréal

Nikki Moffat, Toronto

2013 - 2014  
France Castonguay Franca Gucciardi, Toronto
Wendy Freeman  
2012 - 2013  
Anne-Marie Dunn, Toronto Amy Jarek
Nancy Tichbon  
2011 - 2012  
Maria Churchill, Toronto Jenine Krause, Toronto
Chantal Glenisson Josée Kurtz
Janice McDonald, Ottawa Leslie Woo, Toronto
2010 - 2011  
Tara Deakin Lili-Anna Peresa
Domenica Maciocia Katy Waugh
2008 - 2009  
Vanda Vicars, Toronto   
2007 - 2008  
Mary Ann Turcke Gail Galea
2006 - 2007  
Lynn Loewen Josie M. Scioli
2005 - 2006  
Heather Tulk, Toronto  
2004 - 2005  
Elizabeth Tropea

Jess Mann

2003 - 2004  
Louise Villeneuve Donna Moisey
Linda Y. Zhou  
2002 - 2003  
Patricia Tremaine, Toronto Barbara Bellissimo, Toronto
2001 - 2002  
Anne Sado, Toronto Ellen Malcolmson, Toronto
2000 - 2001  
Mary-Ann Bell, Montréal