Tuesday, October 3, 2023

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

IWF Registration Desk
Foyer of Renaissance Ballroom, Marriott at the Renaissance Center


8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

IWF Board Meeting 

Closed Meeting (Board Directors only)


12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pop-Up Shops
Foyer of Renaissance Ballroom, Marriott at the Renaissance Center


5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Global Leaders’ Dinner Bus Departure 
Meet in Wintergarden, at the Renaissance Center

The Global Leaders’ Dinner is a 25-minute drive from the conference hotel. Please plan to meet in the Renaissance Center Wintergarden as the bus will depart promptly at 5:45 pm. 


6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Global Leaders’ Dinner 
The Henry Ford Museum

Closed Event (For registered forum presidents and IWF Global Board Directors only)


Wednesday, October 4, 2023 

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Presidents’ Council Meeting 
Ambassador Ballroom, Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Attendance at Presidents’ Council Meetings limited to: Forum Presidents, Chapter Presidents, the chose representative of Forum or Chapter President if she is unable to attend; and, as observers, Forum Executive Directors/ Administrators and IWF Global Board Directors.


9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

IWF Registration Desk
Foyer of Renaissance Ballroom, Marriott at the Renaissance Center


9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pop-Up Shops
Foyer of Renaissance Ballroom, Marriott at the Renaissance Center


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Bus Departure for The Henry Ford
Motor Lobby

Attendees are invited to visit The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation – a world renowned national treasure. Step into a world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation allows you to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. Attendees can engage in immersive and powerful experiences including sitting on the Rosa Parks Bus, viewing the Kennedy Presidential limousine, the Lincoln chair and many other exhibits representing innovation in America.

We are pleased to offer attendees access to a limited number of tour tickets to the museum, which you can register for during the registration process*.  Shuttles will depart from the Motor Lobby and return by 2:30 pm.

*Tickets for The Henry Ford are now sold out.


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

IWF Advanced Leadership Action Session: Thinking Outside the Building
Ambassador Ballroom, Marriott at the Renaissance Center

IWF Massachusetts member Rosabeth Moss Kanter is the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. Positive action requires leaders to “think outside the building” to open new pathways, forge new coalitions, and find sources of personal nurturance. Professor Kanter will outline 5 tactics for coping, transcending, and contributing to solutions to respond to health and wealth gaps, ethnic tensions and cultural conflicts, or climate crises, whether as entrepreneurs in startups, seasoned business leaders, or concerned citizens and parents. The session will include lessons on what can make things worse, when the goal is to make life better. Kanter will discuss the essential ingredients of transformational leadership – taking power to the next level of impact beyond single organizations to impact on institutions and society. Through an interactive lecture with case examples, Kanter will consider approaches to tackling daunting challenges and will examine tactics for mobilizing support for change. This session will explore how small but smart innovations can grow into wider solutions. While women are still achieving power in many domains, Kanter will explore why broader impact outside single organizations and professions is the ultimate area for personal fulfillment and career success.  


  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Arbuckle Professor, Harvard Business School (IWF Massachusetts) 


6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Opening Reception Bus Departure
Meet in Wintergarden, at the Renaissance Center


6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Opening Reception
Detroit Institute of Arts 

Always a joyful gathering, IWF Michigan will warmly welcome you to Detroit as you reconnect with old friends and meet new ones at the iconic Detroit Institute of Arts.


Thursday, October 5, 2023