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Membership Process

The International Women's Forum Connecticut (IWFCT) is an invitation-only professional women's organization. An affiliate of the International Women's Forum (IWF), its membership is comprised of high-performing women in their respective fields, including finance, communications, consulting, corporate and entrepreneurial leadership, healthcare, travel, IT and Technology, Aerospace, Insurance, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), non-profit and the arts. 
 
Membership is offered through a sponsorship process, and includes a written application, sponsorship by a current member, and a personal interview.
Selection criteria is based on achievements, leadership, recognition and commitment to community and advancing other women.

Hear what our members have to say

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Carolyn Miles

CEO, Save the Children

Save the Children is an organization that gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. The global Save the Children movement currently serves over 157 million children in the US and in 120 countries. As a global organization, Save the Children has committed to driving down the numbers of preventable deaths of children under 5, ensuring every child gets a high-quality basic education and protecting all children from harm.

"IWFCT is a group of women dedicated to ‘paying it forward’ not just for women in their community, but for women around the world. 

 

The key to a better world is an equal world and IWFCT is dedicated to helping successful women work together on behalf of all women."

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Donna de Varona

President, DAMAR Productions

Donna de Varona, named by Sports Illustrated as one of the greatest female athletes of the 20th century. Outside of her storied swimming and sports broadcasting career, Donna has been a fierce supporter of women in sports, becoming the co-founder and first president of the Women’s Sports Foundation

"As a trailblazer and leader of the IWF Women, I am thrilled that IWF and its Leadership Foundation is championing the development and mentoring of Elite Women Athletes transitioning from sport to new career paths and post-sport profession.

 

We are in our 5th year and we have almost 100 exemplary world record holders, Olympians, medal winners in 24 countries and in a variety of sports.  Each of them has ambition and passion and are looking for guidance in becoming stronger leaders.

It is such a thrill and privilege to be in the presence of these women from all over the world ".

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Sallie DeMarsilis

SVP & CFO Movado Group, Inc

Movado is a global watch, jewelry and accessory company that designs, sources and distributes over 10 brands in their portfolio. Sallie has been in the luxury consumer goods industry since leaving Big-4 public accounting for the corporate world.

"IWFCT brings together an amazing group of accomplished women, who are open to sharing ideas and cultivating a community of visionary leaders. The program events engage and connect our IWFCT members.

I enjoy attending the IWFCT meetings and events. I am energized by spending my time with a group of accomplished leaders, sharing insights and ideas, as well as participating in discussions on relevant and timely topics."

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Jennifer Tombaugh

President, Tauck

The first licensed tour operator founded in 1925, Tauck serves all seven continents with more than 150 expertly-guided, high-access travel experiences and events for culturally-curious travelers on land, small ship and river cruises.  Tauck has ranked on the Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best List for 20 consecutive years.  Over her 18 years, Jennifer has held Brand, Marketing, IT, Operations and Reservations and Sales leadership roles at Tauck and is the company’s first non-family President.

"IWFCT stands apart from so many other business forums and organizations with its true warmth of welcome, engaging membership and expertly organized, meaningful events. 

 

Since my first introduction, I have felt kinship and connection with this talented group of women, eager to share their honest experiences and learn from others.  I always look forward to joining the activities and events, and always leave enriched”.

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Vicki Baldwin

President, In Vitro Sciences Inc

In Vitro Sciences is a team of seasoned fertility professionals that partners to strategically plan and optimize future practices by infusing capital where it's needed and helping implement programs for quality, patient experience, strong financial performance and long-term growth.

"Membership in the IWFCT has provided me with an unparalleled opportunity to bond with a peer group of accomplished women.”

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