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Welcome to IWF Florida

The International Women’s Forum is advancing women’s leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. Through this global organization, IWF members come together across national and international boundaries to share knowledge and ideas, to enrich each other’s lives, to provide a network of support and to exert influence.

Through the Leadership Foundation, IWF helps prepare future generations of women leaders.





2019 Fall Newsletter

Welcome to the 2019-2020 IWF Florida Season

2018 Holiday Newsletter

Wishing you very happy holidays!

2018 Fall Newsletter

Welcome to the 2018-2019 IWF Florida Season

2018 Spring Newsletter


December 2, 2020, 12 – 1pm, “Pop-Up Invitation” Design Miami Private Tour

Wednesday, December 2 at 12:00pm

2020 Virtual Holiday Celebration, December 7, 2020

Monday, December 7 at 6:00pm

2020 Al Fresco Holiday Celebration, December 14, 2020

Monday, December 14 at 6:00pm

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A Message From Our President

Dear IWF Florida members,

The Florida Forum of IWF is an invitation-only organization of women of significant achievement. Every sector (doctors, lawyers, artists, businesswomen, activists, clergy, nonprofit executives, entrepreneurs, elected officials and others) is represented. The primary purpose of IWF Florida is to bring together preeminent women of diverse backgrounds and significant accomplishments and provide them with a platform to share knowledge and exchange ideas, provide a network of support, and open possibilities for the women leaders of today and tomorrow.

Through local dinner gatherings, pop-ups, lunch and learns and global conferences, members convene to explore ideas with our sisters in Florida and around the world related to leadership, business, the economy, innovation, and a variety of social issues, all through a woman’s lens.

I look forward to seeing you at our events this year and at the global conferences.  As always, let me know how we can help make your IWF membership experience even better!

Melanie E. Damian


Melanie Damian
IWF Florida President
Founding Partner, Damian & Valori LLP
Danet Linares
IWF Florida President Elect
Vice Chairman, Blanca Commercial Real Estate
Ann Machado
IWF Florida Treasurer
Retired President/CEO, Creative Staffing
Lucy Morillo
IWF Florida Secretary
President and CEO, LM & Associates
Brenda Freeman
IWF Florida Board Member
Chief Executive Officer, Arteza
Carol Schoffel Faber
IWF Florida Board Member
Partner, Akerman LLP
Emily Berlin
IWF Florida Board Member
President, P.N. Schmidt Associates, Consultant, SoEnergy International, Inc.
Katy Sorenson
IWF Florida Immediate Past President
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey
President & CEO, The Miami Foundation
Carine Chehab
Miami Director, Human Rights Watch
Sara B. Herald
Attorney, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
Lillian Tamayo
President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida