The International Women’s Association of Kraków (IWAK)

Believe it or not, IWAK has its origins… in a chance encounter!  Two American women ran into each other in a Krakow bakery one spring day in 1994, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Sue Mleczko and Melissa Juszyński, two of IWAK’s founders, bonded over a shared discontent with the lack of social organizations for expats, and specifically, expat women in Krakow at the time. Read here how their determination to change the situation gave life to IWAK.

Our Mission

We are your bridge to life in Krakow. We help women, newcomers to the city, feel at home in their new environment. We support each other and contribute to the local community. Get to know our mission here.

Our Impact

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” IWAK women give a lot of their time, effort and resources to charity. We help those in need, especially disadvantaged children, and give back to the community in any way we can.

Our Team

The President and Executive Committee are at the helm of IWAK. All Committee members and coordinators are volunteers. In addition, every IWAK member is invited to bring their own skills to IWAK and help run the association.



IWAK is organized by a Committee and led by the President, Vice President and Treasurer. Committee members are responsible for welcoming newcomers, organizing social and cultural events, charity work, maintaining membership database, advertising, public relations, as well as managing the IWAK website and publishing our monthly Newsletter.

  • Patrolekha Samaddar

  • Daria Beimart

  • Krystal Gonzalez

  • Katerina Vasilyeva

  • Anna Spiridonova

  • Laura Debray

  • Dominika Kirby

  • Angela Campagna