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The International Women's Forum (IWF) Leadership Fellows Program accelerates the careers of top-performing women through world-class leadership training and exposure to the world’s top women leaders—IWF members.

The Leadership Fellows Program offers customized training at INSEAD and Harvard Business School aimed at developing leadership and strategic management capabilities to propel high-potential leaders to the highest levels in their fields. The program convenes up to 45 participants from around the world for a total of 20 days, with three in-person sessions and additional work conducted individually by the participants and with their IWF mentors. Through the mentoring experience, participants leverage the personal insights and advice of a hand-picked IWF mentor to address their specific professional development goals. Participants also have the opportunity to join IWF's annual World Leadership Conference, bringing together 850+ executives from more than 40 nations.

Participants are responsible for implementing a Legacy Project that applies the skills learned in a relevant way and extend the program's benefits to their organizations or communities. Sample Legacy Projects include: a career conference series aimed at female university students in Mexico, a breakfast roundtable for women in the U.S. military in Washington, D.C., and mentoring circles to foster a pipeline of women leaders in the aviation industry.

THE LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION, founded in 1990, supports the IWF’s educational activities for the public. The Leadership Foundation channels the talents of IWF members and the resources of the International Women’s Forum’s global network into programs that educate, inspire, and empower the next generation of women leaders. 

THE FELLOWS PROGRAM, sponsored by the Leadership Foundation in its signature, customized, format, is the leading, women’s executive development program in the world today. Providing emerging women leaders with training of exceptional quality and access to IWF’s unmatched network, fellows experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to challenge their assumptions and expand their horizons.

IWF Georgia Fellows

2000-2001: Marsha Sampson Johnson, 
Writer, Speaker, Transformational Leadership Advocate

2001-2002: Rebecca Blalock, 
Managing Partner, Advisory Capital

2006-2007: Leslie Sibert, 
VP Grid Edge Technology & Development, Southern Company

2007-2008: Cherie Caldwell, 
Vice President of Human Resources, Comcast Cable

2008-2009: Janice Wolfe, 
Director, Internal Auditing, Southern Company

2009-2010: Rebecca Gray, 
Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow, Southern Company

2009-2011: Cathy Hill,
Land Vice President, Georgia Power Company

2010-2011: Molly Burke, 
General Counsel (Retired), GE Energy Services

2011-2012: Kim Anderson, 
Board Director, redefinED; Georgia Appleseed; KIPP

2011-2013: Bentina Chisholm Terry, 
SVP, Northwest Region, Georgia Power

2012-2013: Chloe Barzey, 
Managing Director, Accenture

2015-2016: Danielle Donehew, 
Executive Director, Women's Basketball Coaches Association

2017-2018: Natosha Reid Rice, 
Associate General Counsel, Habitat for Humanity International

2019-2020: Monica Khant, 
Executive Director, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence

2022-2023: Rickey Bevington,
President, World Affairs Council of Atlanta

2022-2023: Farhana Hasan, 
Founder and CEO, HerWILL

2023-2024: Myra Coleman Bierra

Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Southern Company

2023-2024: Sarah Gershon

Director, WomenLead; Professor of Political Science; Ray and John Uttenhove WomenLead Professor, Georgia State University

2023-2024: Belisa Urbina, 

CEO, Ser Familia, Inc.

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