About Us

Who We Are

The International Women’s Forum of Colorado unites women leaders of Colorado who represent the highest levels of professional accomplishments and leadership. IWF Colorado is part of the larger global organization of the International’s Women’s Forum whose membership includes more than 7,000 diverse, high-achieving and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents.

IWF Colorado members are recognized throughout Colorado as key influencers, innovators, policy makers, thought leaders, and icons across industries, sectors, states, and countries. Through their association, members support and empower women in Colorado and beyond, engaging through social networking, professional development, educational exchange, and forging lasting friendships.

IWF Colorado History

IWF Colorado was chartered in 1976 as the third forum to be established by the International Women’s Forum.  Today IWF has grown to include 74 forums of 7,000 select members from 33 nations across six continents.

2022 Board of Directors

Akasha Absher

Akasha Absher
Programs Co-Leader

Atkeson, Helen

Helen Atkeson
Foundation Leader

KC Becker
Dine Arounds & Spotlight Breakfast Leader

Benero, Christine

Christine Benero
Secretary

Sandy Cook
Programs Co-Leader

Lu Córdova
International Liaison

Kay Cowling

Kay Cowling
Vice Chair

Sue Damour
Membership Co-Chair

Sarah Hirshland
Program Marketing Leader

Lucas, Cathy

Cathy Lucas
Strategic Membership Chair

Jeanne Saunders

Jeanne Saunders
Treasurer

Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker

Becky Takeda-Tinker
President

Ward, Tamra

Tamra Ward
Membership Co-Chair

Yolanda Webb
Engagement Chair

Jill Wright
Member Engagement Leader

New Member Selection Process

IWF Colorado strives to reflect the demographics of Colorado through a membership body of women leaders who represent diverse industries, ages, and ethnicity.

Existing IWF Colorado members nominate accomplished women leaders in their fields. The Membership Committee convenes to evaluate the nominations, focused on ensuring diverse backgrounds, achievements, recognitions, and leadership. IWF Colorado seeks women who have demonstrated abilities to:

  • Contribute positively to the Colorado community
  • Influence outcomes within the state, region, nation, and/or world
  • Further the development of women

Candidates are formally reviewed by the Membership Committee and approved by the Board of Directors before being invited to join.