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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Danet Linares
Executive Committee Chair
Members: Melanie Damian, Sara Herald, Lucy Morillo, Lillian Tamayo

Committee Description/Responsibilities: The Committee is comprised of the Officers of the Board: President, Vice-President/President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and the immediate Past President. The EC is responsible together with the IWF Administrators to ensure professional execution of events and for ensuring that IWF Florida’s activities are in held in alignment with the mission: “As a global organization, we come together across national and international boundaries to share knowledge and ideas, enrich each other’s lives, provide a network of support and open possibilities for the next generation of women leaders” and Strategic Plan (as updated from time to time by the Members and the Board).

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Brenda Freeman
Communications Committee Chair
Communications Committee Co-Chair: Monica Gil  
Members: Abbey Chase, Dorothy Eisenberg, Patricia Thorp

Committee Description/Responsibilities: The Committee is responsible (with the Board input and oversight and with the assistance of the IWF Administrators) for the organization’s communication strategy and execution to ensure IWF Florida Members are able to meet the Organization’s mission to share knowledge and ideas, enrich each other’s lives, provide a network of support and open possibilities for the next generation of women leaders.

DINE-AROUNDS COMMITTEE

Adriana Sanchez
Dine-Arounds Chair

 

Dine-Arounds Committee Co-Chair: Marile Lopez 

Committee Description/Responsibilities: Plan and ensure professional execution of 7 large program driven dinner events annually providing opportunities for members to interact between September and June. The Committee is responsible for recruiting the Hostesses for each Dine-Around and working with Administrators to ensure Dine Arounds are promoted and executed professionally. The Dine Around Committee is also responsible for assisting in recruiting hostesses for the 3 annual small Dine Arounds annually and assisting in promoting and ensuring the success of such small Dine Arounds.

LIVE AND LEARN COMMITTEE

Carine Chehab
Live and Learn Committee Chair
Live and Learn Committee Co-Chair: Debi Hoffman
Committee Description/Responsibilities: Plan 6-10 virtual programs or member-driven Dutch-Treat lunch events annually providing opportunities for members to interact and share knowledge and ideas at lunchtime between September and June.

BOARD NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Lucy Morillo
Board Nominating Committee Chair

 

Members: Danet Linares, Toni Randolph and Teresa Weintraub

Committee Description/Responsibilities: Members of the NMC shall serve for a period of two years. The NMC will be responsible for assembling a list of prospective new members. Once the list has been assembled, the NMC will perform due diligence on each prospective new member (i.e. contacting active members in the proposed new members’ profession for feedback on the prospective new member and research on each proposed member) to ensure that the prospective new member meets the criteria for membership in the International Women’s Forum. The NMC shall make use of the IWF guidelines established by IWF Headquarters in Washington DC in selecting proposed new members. The NMC will present a ballot of nominees including a brief bio and general membership comments, if any, to the IWF Board and the Board will then vote on the nominees at a closed meeting. A new member will be accepted for membership by a majority vote of the Board.

ENGAGEMENT AND VALUE-ADDED PROGRAMMING

Melanie Damian
Engagement and Value Added Programming Chair

Members: Dorothy Eisenberg, Ann Machado 

Committee Description/Responsibilities: The Committee is responsible for providing suggestions to the Dine-Around and the Lunch & Learn Committees as to content and locations and to plan and execute between 2-6 additional value added programs each year that are in addition to Dine-Arounds and Live & Learns which provide added insight for members, service within the parameters of IWF Forum, behind the scenes opportunities or special access that you can only get because you are a Forum member or an opportunity to network or mentor each other and/or explore interesting venues.

NEW MEMBER NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Carol Faber
New Member Nominating Committee Chair

New Member Nominating Committee Co-Chair: Teresa Weintraub 

Members: Lucy Morillo, Ana Siegel

Committee Description/Responsibilities: Members of the NMC shall serve for a period of two years. The NMC will be responsible for assembling a list of prospective new members. Once the list has been assembled, the NMC will perform due diligence on each prospective new member (i.e. contacting active members in the proposed new members’ profession for feedback on the prospective new member and research on each proposed member) to ensure that the prospective new member meets the criteria for membership in the International Women’s Forum. The NMC shall make use of the IWF guidelines established by IWF Headquarters in Washington DC in selecting proposed new members. The NMC will present a ballot of nominees including a brief bio and general membership comments, if any, to the IWF Board and the Board will then vote on the nominees at a closed meeting. A new member will be accepted for membership by a majority vote of the Board.

 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE

Loretta McNeir
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair

 

Members: Carine Chehab, Carol Faber, Donna L. Ginn, Rosie Gordon Wallace, Symeria Hudson, Danet Linares, Raquel M. Matas, Valerie Riles

Committee Description/Responsibilities: The IWF Florida Chapter’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee was established with the following mission--to build an organizational dynamic that may serve as a model to IWF chapters nationally and internationally; provide IWF Florida’s members with a pathway to building a culture of diversity, inclusion, belonging and equity in their places of work; create a fully inclusive membership that reflects our community and provide information for South Florida Leaders on how to create more diverse environments. Our Committee will work closely with the Communications and Membership Committees and will operate in a professional manner consistent with IWF protocols; ensuring that we clear all external actions with the Executive Board.

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