About us

IPWA provides networking and professional development activities for career-minded-women based in Santiago.

IPWA brings together women of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds using English as the common language.

Created in 1996 the organization’s activities include monthly meetings, dinners, and cocktail parties. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers and are held the last Wednesday of each month.

IPWA’s vision
To be the hub for internationally-minded professional women in Santiago.

Connect & Develop

Community, Contribution, Respect, Inspire

IPWA Committee Members

IPWA, a volunteer-led association, is run by an Organizing Committee of women from different professions and nationalities.  The committee is divided into different teams responsible for events, membership, marketing and communications, finance, and special projects.

The committee is made up of the following members for the current membership year:

President: Michelle Clarke
Finance: Kristin Lorenzo
Events: Laura Mata
Membership:  Polly Gant
Alliances: Maria Ignacio Garcia
Community Manager: Cody Martian
Marketing & Communications: Sarah Walker and Laurence Chavanne


Michelle Clarke holds the position of president.  Born in South Africa of Dutch and British decent, Michelle has called Santiago home since 2013. When she is not coaching her global clients via Skype, Michelle can be found behind the lens of her camera capturing photo stories to inspire other Portable Professionals.  She manages her two websites (www.motivcoach.com and www.portablepro.me) and the popular Facebook group called Coaching via Technology.



Polly Gant is originally from the UK.  She has been on the IPWA committee since January 2014 and is currently looking after membership.  Polly is a graduate of the University of Oxford and works as an Instructional Designer.  With previous experience in the UK, France, and Poland, she currently works in the content development team at an e-learning company in Santiago.



Rebecca Somple joined the IPWA committee in March 2016 as the Event Committee Coordinator. She is from the US and graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in International Studies. Prior to moving to Chile in 2013, Rebecca had also lived and studied in Spain. She currently works as an international programs coordinator for a university.



Sarah Walker is from the UK and has been an IPWA committee member since April 2015, working on the communications team. Sarah is a graduate from the University of Sussex and previously worked in health policy, first for the Department of Health and then for the British Medical Association. Sarah moved to Chile in September 2014 and currently works as a private English language and professional exams tutor.