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.

2021 Board of Directors

Atkeson, Helen

Helen Atkeson
Foundation Leader

Deborah Brackney

Lu Córdova
IWF Liaison

Kay Cowling
Membership & Selection Committee Leader

Sue Damour
Engagement Chair

Faulkenberry, Barbara

Barbara Faulkenberry
Regional Leader – South

Patty Fontneau
Vice Chair

McDonald, Maureen

Maureen McDonald
Immediate Past President

Toni Rodgers
Wine/Dine Arounds & Spotlight Breakfasts Leader

Jeanne Saunders

Jeanne Saunders

Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker

Becky Takeda-Tinker

Ward, Tamra

Tamra Ward
Strategic Membership Outreach Leader

Jill Wright
Programs 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.