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International Women Associates (IWA) warmly welcomes new members, including international newcomers and expats and Chicago residents who have extensive international experience. New members are welcomed into a diverse group that respects all cultures, enjoys all personalities, considers all viewpoints, and fosters a network of deep friendships transcending cultural and national differences. IWA is a unique gathering and learning place that connects women dedicated to the pursuit of global understanding and universal human rights. The membership is comprised of approximately 500 members from 60 countries. Their backgrounds include many different professions and diplomatic affiliations as well as experience and interest in international education, economics, and culture.

Qualifications for Membership

  • Women who are foreign born, but living in the Chicago area
  • American women whose spouses or parents are foreign born or who have been living abroad themselves, whose family is or has been engaged in international business, international education, or the diplomatic service.
New members are nominated by current members. If an applicant does not know a current IWA member, she may apply online to initiate the membership process. Candidates for membership are approved by the Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the Director for Membership.*
    For questions concerning membership, please contact Pilaar Pantoja, Organizational Manager, at 312-263-1421 or membership@iwachicago.org.



    All Members enjoy the following Core Benefits:

    • Connecting with a diverse group of 500 women from across the world
    • Learning through 130+ complimentary IWA Culture, Language and Activity (CLA) programs per year
    • Access to the IWA Office—conveniently located for hosting CLA programs and IWA committee meetings
    • Opportunities to get involved in community service and philanthropy
    *New members applying at the Basic, Sponsor, Patron, Founder's Circle, and Non-Resident levels are subject to a $75 application fee.
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