Dear Colleagues and Friends,
This special edition of e-Connections focuses on the TIAW 35th Anniversary celebration and the 2015 Global Forum and World of Difference 100 Awards.
As TIAW enters its 35th
year anniversary, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Global
Forum and World of Difference 100 Awards dinner/gala event will be held
on October 21-23, 2015 in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is Beyond Sustainability: Women’s Economic Empowerment, Building for the future on the past! It
is appropriate that this theme reflects the ongoing global evolution --
progress and future of economic empowerment of women.
As we celebrate this 35th
anniversary, I am reminded of what many of you have shared about your
experiences with TIAW at the Global Forum and World of Difference event
or through the various programs. Recurring threads are authenticity,
real conversations, long-term business connections, lasting friendships,
recognition and celebration, and above all making a difference in
economically empowering women locally, regionally and globally. Just
as the world continues to change and grow so does TIAW from its
grassroots beginnings in 1980 to the global organization it is today.
In recent years, TIAW has expanded its reach with micro credit village
banks, mentoring entrepreneurs through the Cherie Blair Foundation, and
helping women leaders to increase representation on boards through
Global Board Ready Women (GBRW). The engagement and collaboration of
the board of directors, association and individual members, as well as,
our affiliates and sponsors has been instrumental in guiding TIAW in
this evolution. We look forward to all of you joining in the
celebration of the TIAW’s 35th anniversary.
always, we are very excited about the World of Difference awards! We
are honored to have Selima Ahmad from Bangladesh as this year’s Lifetime
Award recipient. We are fortunate to have Andrina Lever (past Lifetime
Award recipient) as this year’s honorary patron of the Awards. Awards
Committee co-chairs, Stephanie MacKendrick and Diane Morris indicate
that the Nominations Judging Committee is currently reviewing the many
nominations submitted this year and is on track to announce the World of
Difference 100 awardees the beginning of May. We are very pleased to
have received a large number of nominations, many of them from
geographic areas not previously represented. To those that submitted
nominations, we thank you for your support by recognizing someone you
believe is making a difference to economically empower women!
see the location and hotel information in this issue so that you can
make your flight and hotel reservations, obtain visas and other
logistical requirements. Join us as a sponsor for this special event and help us to continue to be a leading force in economically empowering women.
Remember to join or renew your individual or association membership
so that you can take advantage of the many benefits available to you in
support of economic empowerment for women, including discounted
registration fees for the Global Forum and World of Difference Awards
I look forward to celebrating with you in October!
Margaret (Peg) Weir
Lifetime Achievement Award-
International Alliance for Women (TIAW) is delighted to announce Selima
Ahmad as the 2014-2015 TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement
Award recipient. This prestigious honor is bestowed each year upon a
woman of great achievement, whose actions have truly made a difference
globally in the economic empowerment of women.
Ahmad's contributions are greatly admired and recognized
internationally: as a role model for women in business through her work
at the Nitol-Niloy Group, as a member of the board of directors of the
Sonali Bank Limited and as a tireless champion of women entrepreneurs through her work as the founder of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of
Commerce and Industry. She has enabled women to aspire to a brighter
future, to engage as entrepreneurs and to also move beyond micro
businesses into more ambitious ventures, all within a society that faces significant hurdles for women in the norms of tradition and culture.
World of Difference Awards Honorary Patron - Andrina Lever
The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) announced that Andrina Lever, an internationally-recognized advocate for women entrepreneurs, has been appointed Honorary Patron of the 2014-2015 TIAW World of Difference Awards.
Throughout her career, Ms. Lever has seized every opportunity to help promote the economic empowerment of women, playing an instrumental role in the establishment in 1996 of the APEC Women Leaders Network as well as organizing the private sector component of the first two-and largest ever-Canadian women trade missions between the United States and Canada. She has used her time, energy, connections, and resources to develop and deliver training and courses for women entrepreneurs, government agencies and major suppliers. She has chaired numerous government committees, promoting advocacy and good policy for women in business, helping women find better access to finance, technology, information, markets, and training.
Mandy Goetze Award - Diane Morris
TIAW is pleased to announce that Diane Morris has been named the 2015 recipient of the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award.
The Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award is an award that is bestowed annually to a TIAW member who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and success of TIAW, whether it is a long-standing effort or an exceptional achievement in a specific time frame.
Diane Morris, a graduate of the London School of Economics for whom she was the inaugural Chair of the Female Alumni Network, 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.
2015 Global Forum and World of Difference Awards 100 event - Hotel Information
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Global Forum and World of Difference 100 Awards dinner/gala will be held at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, located at 1001 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005.
Rooms may be reserved with a special rate of $275 per night and includes breakfast. This special rate is available through September 29, 2015.
Please use the following when making your reservations:
Reservation Block Code: TAJ
Reservation Phone #: 1-877-622-1970
Booking Link: TIAW Conference 2015
Additional information regarding the Global Forum and World of Difference 100 Awards will be forthcoming.
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