July 21, 2023


Operation Pedro Pan

The Living Legacy Exhibit

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Date: Thursday, July 27, 2023

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Cost: $25 per person

Location: Barry University's Monsignor Barry Memorial Library

11300 NE 2nd Ave | Miami Shores, Florida 33161 

Our fellow IWF sister, Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios, the Monsignor Barry Walsh Endowed Director of the new Institute for Immigration Studies at Barry University, invites you and a guest (or guests) to a private guided tour of the Operation Pedro Pan Exhibit.


The exhibit is an immersive experience of photography, documents and artifacts that tells the Pedro Pan story of the 1960s, and the legacy of the children involved. Members will learn about one of the most significant events in South Florida's immigration history when 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children arrived in Miami between 1960 and 1962. Many of these children have gone on to make significant contributions to South Florida and the rest of our country. Please let us know if you are a Pedro Pan participant or are related to one.

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Women in Focus: Emily Berlin

Melanie Damian interviews Emily Berlin, a consultant and advisor to Energy33 and Ariete Hospitality Group, as they discuss Berlin's career journey, overcoming challenges and finding success.

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About Women in Focus

Melanie Damian spearheads the project for IWF Florida, conducting insightful 10-minute interviews with members, delving into their professional accomplishments and personal journeys. This initiative aims to foster a deeper sense of connection and understanding among the members, allowing them to learn and appreciate each other's diverse experiences and backgrounds.


Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location: Sadelle's Coconut Grove

3321 Mary St. Miami, FL 33133

Like a Small Dine Around only more casual!

Please RSVP to Ann Machado

([email protected])

Detroit, Michigan: 2023 IWF World Leadership Conference

Join us for IWF’s 2023 World Leadership Conference and Gala, October 4 - 6 in Detroit, Michigan and see Judge Rosemary Barkett being presented with the Women Who Make a Difference Award.

Click here to learn more and to register today. 

IWF is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2024. Leading up to the special anniversary, Carolyn Carter, IWF Global President and Member of the Women’s Forum of New York, has asked each Forum to submit photos or videos of the forum's accomplishments, landmark events, and standout members. 

IWF Sisters, send us photos or videos you may have of Dine-Around’s or IWF events for the organizations 50th anniversary.

Send all content to Ibet Payan at [email protected]

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Throw Back History Moment

In 1993, Judge Patricia Seitz became the first woman to be named President of the Florida Bar. Celebrating 

alongside Judge Seitz were esteemed fellow 

IWF Sisters Janet Reno 

(first woman attorney general of the United States) and Judge

Rosemary Barkett (first woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court), showcasing their collective impact and trailblazing accomplishments.

Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall Receives President's Lifetime Achievement Award for Dedication to Community

Congratulations to Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, IWF Sister, and dedicated former teacher and principal who was honored with the prestigious President's Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding commitment to the community.

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Joyce Landry Helps Cruise Ship Ukrainian Refugees

Read about how Nataliie Pidruchna’s transformative experience aboard the MS Victoria as she played a vital role in establishing a vibrant children's program with the guidance of IWF Sister Joyce Landry, empowering young guests while easing the transition to their new lives in Scotland.

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Unveiling Life, Death, and Don Quixote: An Interview with Author Ana Veciana-Suarez

Listen to the new episode of Sundial as IWF Sister and author Ana Veciana-Suarez delves into life, death, and the extraordinary tale of Don Quixote in her latest book, Dulcinea, showcasing the courage it takes to write about one of the masters.

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Madeline Pumariega Appointed First Vice Chair of GMCC Board

Congratulations to IWF sister Madeline Pumariega, who took on the role of first vice chair in the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's board of directors, joining a distinguished group of professionals dedicated to fostering collaboration, inclusion, and achieving key goals in the community.

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Are You Ready to Serve on a Public Board Series #1, #2 and #3 Recap

We hope you enjoyed the discussions. If you missed it and are interested in serving on a corporate board then this series is for you. Click the link below to watch a recording. 

Discussion #1 Recording

Discussion #2 Recording

Discussion #3 Recording

Discussion #4 Recording

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