In January 2018, Linda Sidor Willett ’69 was elected 24th president
of the Women’s Forum of New York, the founding and largest affiliate of the International Women’s Forum. She also serves on the international organization’s presidents’ council. Established in 1973, the New York forum provides opportunities for exchanging
ideas, networking, and philanthropy.
The Women’s Forum is a community in which preeminent New York women leaders of diverse achievement come together to make a difference for each other and to take an active, leadership role in matters of importance to them. Founded in 1973, the stated goal
of the Women’s Forum was to provide women with a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. The Women’s Forum conducts a wide variety of programs featuring leaders in the field of public affairs, industry, government, science, and the arts,
often with speakers drawn from the forum itself. In addition to providing a platform for business and social networking, the Women’s Forum has played a role in New York philanthropy. In 1987, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum was incorporated
as its charitable and educational arm. Each year, the Education Fund offers grants of $10,000 to mature women who, after an interruption in their education, are pursuing undergraduate college degrees.
In 1979, the New York-based group encouraged women leaders in other cities and countries to form similar organizations and launched the National Women’s Forum. With the addition of a London affiliate, followed by many other countries, the name changed
to the International Women’s Forum, which now has 65 affiliated groups throughout the world. Each spring, forums from all over the world gather in one central location to focus on issues relevant to women across all socioeconomic sectors. The 2018
Cornerstone Conference in Melbourne, Australia, will be Willett’s first conference as president of the Women’s Forum of New York.