The Forum is a unique alliance of international chambers, business associations and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its members are organizations like the California-Spain Chamber of Commerce, Wonder Women Tech, CleanTech Open, Africa Diaspora Network, Change Catalyst, Avion Ventures, Latino Startup Alliance, AIESEC, TeamLabs, among others.

Established in 2013, SFIWEF delivers a platform for diverse international organizations to collaborate and share resources and give visibility to various projects and initiatives, startups and businesses directed at or run by women. Through this collaboration, we have inspired many women to change the conversation on how we are perceived in business and as entrepreneurs.

With 30 partnerships, the Forum is rapidly growing its international presence and is considered the largest alliance of organizations with programs, initiatives and events directed to women entrepreneurs in California.

Members continue to drive programs that are challenging and thought-provoking, stimulating innovative approaches to business and other initiatives. We welcome the participation of like-minded individuals and organizations as we endeavor to drive change through the exchange of ideas, opinions and viewpoints.

What We Do

Our mission is to connect women and girls around the globe and inspire greater local entrepreneurship through events and educational programs.

Our Partners

We are looking for sponsors and partnerships to bring together women leaders eager to share their experience and backgrounds.

A Devoted Team

We believe in the empowerment of women and the benefits of entrepreneurship. We are passionate, smart and super fun. JOIN US!

Discover Our Summits

Our International Summits feature keynote presentations by industry leaders and successful women entrepreneurs. We offer panel discussions and hands-on workshops designed to provide aspiring women entrepreneurs with the tools to develop their ideas and find success in business.

Our educational programs aim to inspire and educate the next generation of women in technology – including teens and university students – as well as to change the gender ratio in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers.

We are looking for sponsors and collaborations to help this amazing Summit continue to create impact by bringing international leaders eager to share their experience and backgrounds.

Our Goals:

  • To serve as a bridge between women entrepreneurs in Europe, the Americas and Africa.
  • To present a unique opportunity to support an ecosystem of empowerment and action.
  • To give visibility to projects, businesses and startups directed at or launched by women.

Discover Our Summits

Our International Summits feature keynote presentations by industry leaders and successful women entrepreneurs. We offer panel discussions and hands-on workshops designed to provide aspiring women entrepreneurs with the tools to develop their ideas and find success in business.

Our educational programs aim to inspire and educate the next generation of women in technology – including teens and university students – as well as to change the gender ratio in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers.

We are looking for sponsors and collaborations to help this amazing Summit continue to create impact by bringing international leaders eager to share their experience and backgrounds.

Our Goals:

  • To serve as a bridge between women entrepreneurs in Europe, the Americas and Africa.
  • To present a unique opportunity to support an ecosystem of empowerment and action.
  • To give visibility to projects, businesses and startups directed at or launched by women.

Expand Your Network

Heroikka is a community of women around the globe united to empower each other and achieve positive change.

Discover new passions
Get inspired
Find help for your projects
Learn new skills
Make lasting friendships

Heroikka. Connect. Collaborate. Converge. Together we can build a better world.

Expand Your Network

Heroikka is a community of women around the globe united to empower each other and achieve positive change.

Discover new passions
Get inspired
Find help for your projects
Learn new skills
Make lasting friendships

Heroikka. Connect. Collaborate. Converge. Together we can build a better world.

"SFWEF is more than a network, it is a source of inspiration and empowerment for women working in the private, public and civil society organizations. It inspires us to surface our strongest inner self  to transform our societies and achieve real change"

Karla Chaman, Outreach Advisor, European Central Bank & International Monetary Fund

“SFWEF is an powerful group of global women who inspire each other to build and grow world-changing companies. I’m proud that my company is a member and can’t wait until the next Forum!”

Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO, Change Catalyst

“SFWEF is a great global network of women entrepreneurs that bond, share and learn from each other increasing their impact and strength.”

Maria Oliveira Tamellini, Founder & CEO, Praxis Socioambiental

Our Community

The Forum is rapidly growing its international presence and is considered the largest alliance of organizations with programs, initiatives and events directed to women entrepreneurs in California.

Our Team

Hi! We’re glad to introduce the SFIWEF Team.

We’re here to listen and respond to your needs.

Maica Gil

Maica Gil

Founder

Maica’s extensive experience in entrepreneurshipgovernment and nonprofits has helped her create a platform for diverse international organizations to collaborate, share resources and give visibility to various projects and initiatives, startups and businesses specific to women at the SF International Women Entrepreneurs Forum.

Isabel Saenz-Conz

Isabel Saenz-Conz

Director of Communications

Isabel is a lover of innovation, entrepreneurship, and education. She dreams of starting business opportunities to create positive social impact. She believes that the best way to achieve social and economic development is by supporting the economic empowerment of women.

Pino Kyri

Pino Kyri

Institutional Liaison

Pino Kyri is the Managing Partner of Consensus Advokat in the firm’s Gran Canaria office. She practices international, tourism and corporate law.  She has worked extensively in matters involving international consulting services in Spanish, German and French for individuals, companies and public institutions.

Salima Kaissi

Salima Kaissi

Partnerships

Salima Kaissi has an Engineering Degree in Telecommunication and Computer Science from National School of Applied Sciences in Morocco and an Executive Masters in Strategy and Management of International Business from ESSEC Business School in Paris.

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