MANDY GOETZE 21st CENTURY AWARD
Marian E. (Mandy) Goetze
has played a pivotal role in TIAW right from the beginning when she attended planning sessions in 1979 as a representative of the Baltimore Executive Women's Network. She was a founding board member when the organization was first created in 1980 and named the National Association of Professional & Executive Women’s Networks. Mandy has been here throughout our evolution from NAPEWN to TIA (The International Alliance) to where we are today as The International Alliance for Women.
Mandy was behind many of the initiatives that built TIAW’s impact and influence, including a series of ten annual Washington Briefings where she brought policy-makers and women leaders together to hear about the most important issues of the day. She also organized four European meetings that led to what was then the National Alliance to adopt its international orientation.
As someone who represents the heart and soul of this organization it was only fitting that there be an award in her honor: the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award; an award that is bestowed annually to a TIAW member who has made an outstanding contribution to TIAW, whether it is a long-standing effort or an exceptional achievement in a specific time frame. To this day, Mandy Goetze remains a thought leader and true inspiration to the entire TIAW community.
2015 Recipient: Diane Morris
TIAW is pleased to announce that Diane Morris has been named the 2015 recipient of the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award.
A graduate of the London School of Economics for whom she was the inaugural Chair of the Female Alumni Network, Diane has a marketing background, originally working in consumer magazines and advertising for IPC Women’s Magazines and Gillette in the UK, moving into international business media with BBC World, TIME and Fortune Magazine during the ten years she spent in Asia. She moved into conferences with DNMstrategies who were the producers and managers of the BusinessWeek conferences in Asia. Her experience of working in Africa, USA, and Asia has recently led to an invitation to become a tutor in International Marketing with the Institute of Export and International Trade.
Since returning to London, she has been granted the Freedom of the City of London, and is a Court Assistant and the Fellowship Chairman of The Worshipful Company of Marketors, and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of World Traders. These Liveries are highly influential in the City of London.
In parallel to her career, Diane has been very active in women’s networks, as President of Foreign Executive Women (FEW Tokyo) joining TIAW in 1994, and Programme Director of PrimeTime Business and Professional Women’s Association (Singapore). She moved back to London in 2001, joining City Women Network (CWN) on the recommendation of TIAW. She was responsible for the TIAW programme in London in 2003, successfully promoting its Women on Boards' programme to become part of the UK Government’s policy to encourage women into the boardroom. She is a Past President of CWN, and also a Past President of TIAW, 2008 -2010. She is a co founder of the TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards, and serves on TIAW’s Finance and Board Nomination Committees.
She is also the Chairman of the Judging Panel for the European Union Women Inventors and Innovators Awards and a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation.
2013 Recipient: Maxine Westaway
TIAW is pleased to announce that Maxine Westaway has been named the 2013 recipient of the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award.
If there is a role to play at TIAW, chances are Maxine Westaway has been involved. For more than 15 years, she has undertaken a succession of roles, from TIAW member to board member, founding member of the TIAW Microcredit initiative, instigator and leader of trade missions, organizer and participant in TIAW International Trips to Bulgaria, Chile and Hong Kong, many Microcredit Donor Trips, TIAW Global Forum champion and organizer, President of the Board, Executive Director and head of Membership. Despite Maxine’s retirement last year she continues to be a very active supporter of TIAW and was recently appointed as the Director of the Micro Program where she continues to build on this flagship program.
Everything Maxine does, she does with no less than a 100% effort. She has tirelessly championed TIAW since the mid 1990s when she first became involved and in her many roles since then has been unflagging in her support and passion for the organization.
Based in Toronto, Canada, Maxine became involved in TIAW when she was promoting export business from Canada to China through a business she ran with her husband Allan – himself a stalwart TIAW Champion and recipient of the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award. Once she became a member, it wasn’t long until she began having a major impact on the organization, starting with her involvement in the organizing of the 1996 Global Forum which was held in Toronto that year.
"There truly couldn’t be anyone more central to the development of TIAW for over a decade than Maxine Westaway,” said Lisa Kaiser Hickey, President of the Board of TIAW. "She has been tireless in her efforts on behalf of the organization and we are deeply grateful for her involvement in so many different aspects of the organization.”
2012 Recipient: Evelyn Brown
Evelyn Brown has dedicated her life to serving others, both domestically and overseas, and she has a passion for helping others. She has long been involved in public service, with a career in government that spanned more than 40 years. Evelyn got her first taste of working in the international arena while working as Director of Accounting at the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As such, her responsibilities included financial management of both domestic and overseas operations that supported 75 domestic and 126 overseas offices co-located with the U.S. Department of State, in support of U.S. trade and related activities.
One of her first encounters with the less than optimum conditions often experienced by women was during a trip to Namibia and South Africa she took with her sister. Evelyn recalls a group of small school children brought into their hotel to dance for the guests, for donations. Their knees and legs were scarred from practicing on concrete; their little skirts were poorly hand stitched; their shoes were twisted over. But the most memorable part of their performance was the pride and determination on their faces, resulting from their desire to perfect their performance and to change the course of their lives. She clearly remembers the pride and gratitude on the faces of the children when given a donation to help them continue their performances. When Evelyn returned home, she asked her sister about her involvement in The International Alliance for Women (TIAW). Her sister explained the mission and vision of the organization, its programs, and its activities and she told her sister that she wanted to help.
Thus began Evelyn’s affiliation with TIAW. Since joining the TIAW Board, she has participated in discussions and planning for the TIAW programs and worked to raise funds for the organization, from selling TIAW micro pins and empowerment pins to actively spreading the word about the good works of the organization to soliciting donations from others, as well as personally donating funds. Evelyn attended her first TIAW international conference in Bulgaria in 2005 and has continued to attend subsequent TIAW conferences in Jacksonville, FL, Atlanta, GA, Palms Springs, CA, Toronto, Canada, and Washington, D.C. It was at the conference in Jacksonville, Florida celebrating the 25th anniversary of TIAW that Evelyn was asked by Donna Heivilin, past president of TIAW, if she would consider becoming the treasurer for two years. That two-year commitment as treasurer has lasted six years. During that time Evelyn has always generously provided her expertise and advice to three TIAW presidents along with the staff at TIAW headquarters
When Evelyn learned of the TIAW Microenterprise Development Program, it immediately captured her heart. She reviewed
the reports/videos of the women and their families and saw the difference that the small micro loans made in their lives. Evelyn, her sister, and a friend co-sponsored a village bank in Uganda, and she has continued to contribute time and resources over the years in support of TIAW and its programs.
Evelyn has found the donor trips associated with the micro-enterprise program a unique experience. Evelyn has traveled to Ghana with Virginia Robinson where they met with the TIAW Micro Finance Institution partner there and saw firsthand the women in action repaying their loans and depositing funds into their savings accounts. She visited one of TIAW’s village banks in Mexico and recently traveled to Haiti with the Micro Program Chief Financial Officer to meet with a micro finance partner with whom TIAW will be working to help the women of Haiti, a first for TIAW presence in the Caribbean.
Evelyn is the current national president of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), an association that supports the careers and professional development of government finance professionals working in federal, state and local governments as well as the private sector and academia and in the international arena. She is a past national treasurer of AGA, past AGA Chapter President of the Washington DC Chapter and ended her second term in 2011as an AGA Regional Coordinator for Chapter Development and Assistance for the Capital Region, helping to develop and mentor newly formed and ailing chapters needing assistance. She has served on the National Executive Committee and numerous other committees in AGA. Evelyn continues to serves as a mentor for the Capital Region in the organization to help develop future leaders that will help support and continue the legacy of an organization founded in 1950 and still thrives today.
Her community service activities include a 14-year stint with the IRS' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. She also served as an instructor and counselor for the Department of Commerce’s Small Business Development Program assisting minority businesses in the DC area. She has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, Atlanta, and San Diego and is currently active in the mentoring and Early Careers Program for the Capital Region.
Evelyn continues to be active in Executive Women in Government (EWG), a TIAW member network, and will always provide her strong, greatly valued support for TIAW.
2011 Recipient: Margie Armen
We are delighted to announce Margie Armen as the recipient of the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award for 2011. Margie is well known in TIAW for her many years of dedication and service, including her board service as Secretary 2003-2005 and as Parliamentarian and Legal Advisor 2005-2008. Margie has also been a devoted, hard working member of the Microenterprise Development Program since 2000 serving as legal advisor. Now that this important program is once again being run solely by volunteers, Margie never hesitated to volunteer to take on the role of Chief Operating Officer of the program to oversee its day-to-day operations.
Margie is always ready to provide any additional help TIAW may ask of her including to help organize the 2010 Global Cities event in Washington, DC. Margie has participated in a number of TIAW Donor Trip for the Micro Program to visit countries and women receiving micro loans from the TIAW program.
In her professional life Margie spent over 28 years in the office of General Counsel of the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) and retired in 2006 as Deputy Assistant General Counsel.
Margie is passionate about volunteering to make a difference. Margie helped found Capital Area Women, a women's self development and support group and was its Treasurer from 2002-05. She served on the Board of the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis (AABPA) for 15 years as General Counsel and she was AABPA President in 1994. She was President of Public Financial Publications, Inc. (publishers of the Journal, Public Budgeting and Finance) from 2002-07, capping 20 years of service on that Board. Margie joined Executive Women in Government in 1998, and she served as EWG Vice President in 2002-03.