Former CTIA, ABA Executive Named New CEO of The International Women’s Forum

Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe, Long-Time Executive in Public & Private
Sectors, Now Leading International Women’s Organization

International Women’s Forum
(IWF) announced today the appointment of
Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe as Chief Executive Officer. The appointment of
Ms. Mathews O’Keefe, a leading communications and organizational
development strategist, signals a focus to expand the footprint,
influence and impact for the global leadership organization. She will
meet the membership for the first time at IWF’s upcoming World
Leadership Conference on September 28-30 in Chicago

Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe stated, “I am delighted to join IWF as CEO. It
is an unrivaled network of diverse, talented and successful women who
make it their business to advance the greater good in their communities
and the world. I will work to ensure that IWF’s voice and programs
support our members as they lead efforts to address the challenging
issues of the day, while at the same time empowering the next generation
of global women leaders.”

Most recently, O’Keefe was the Chief Communications Officer for CTIA –
The Wireless Association and Executive Vice President for Communications
at the American Bankers Association. Her responsibilities included
public relations, membership, the CTIA trade show and philanthropy.

Her earlier career experience includes senior executive positions at The
Podesta Group, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and the
national non-profit community development organization Local Initiatives
Support Corp. Additionally, she was an investment banker with Credit
Suisse First Boston.

A native of West Virginia, she served as the founding executive director
of the Governor’s Task Force on Children, Youth and Families. O’Keefe
holds an AB in economics and a master’s degree in Public Administration
from Harvard University. She serves on the Smithsonian Institution’s
American Enterprise Finance Sector Committee and the West Virginia
University Reed College of Media Visiting Committee.

IWF Global Board President Teresa Weintraub said, “Stephanie brings a
wealth of experience, expertise and vision to the International Women’s
Forum. She is an accomplished leader with a deep understanding of what
it takes to propel the growth of an organization and the broader role
IWF can play in meeting crucial leadership challenges – issues like
equity, inclusion, opportunity advancement for all women. The board of
directors looks forward to working with her as we advance the important
mission of IWF.”

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For more than 30 years, the International Women’s Forum (IWF) has
been dedicated to advancing leadership across careers, cultures and
continents by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of
significant and diverse achievement. Founded in the US, the IWF has
grown across six continents and 34 nations. There are more than 6,400
members now participating in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean,
Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America.
leads training programs for women leaders at all levels of leadership
through the Executive Development Roundtable, the Leadership Foundation
Fellows program, the EY Women Athlete’s Business Network and has held
Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic & Social
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