Dear colleagues and friends,
Global Forum is on the horizon for October 7 and 8 in the international gateway
city of Miami. The forum will focus this
year on the opportunities for growth on a global scale. You know and I know that women have arrived
at the global market gateway…we account for $20 trillion of global consumer
spending (65%). Accompanying our spend
is the World Bank’s prediction of a $5 trillion jump in our global income. You
will want to learn how TIAW and its association members and partners are
addressing growth issues for women. This
year you can attend not only our conference but also two adjacent conferences
that are aligned with our programming!
Please visit our website in the coming weeks for more information.
recently reported in Fast Company’s online story, "In both emerging markets and
developed nations, women's power of influence extends well beyond the
traditional roles of family and education to government, business, and the
environment. And this is just the start
of a sweeping change. Women around the globe have more control over their life
choices and path than ever before”. Read the story here.
Unfortunately, not all women have control over their life
choices. A root challenge remains the
education of girls, which leads to employment and entrepreneurship. According to the Economic Intelligence Unit,
the principal areas affecting the journey to empowerment lies in labor policy,
labor practice, legal and social status, business environment, access to finance
and education and training. Click here to take a look at the resources TIAW has
located to help you learn more.
Through TIAW, you can expect our aim to be sure on the economic
empowerment of women. Our four channels
of focus attack much of what is critical for economic growth… jobs and wealth from
Entrepreneurship, leadership skills and development from Women's Leadership Network,
education from Daughters and an expansion of global micro-enterprise is made
possible through Micro Credit.
We are all daughters and some mothers, yet it is in our
collective community of women that we "connecting to make all the difference in
Lisa Kaiser Hickey
Become a Mentor!
by Julie Weeks, TIAW Director of the Entrepreneurship Program
TIAW members are experienced women in their fields, who have
giving back in their DNA. Well, here’s a way to give back in a direct and
impactful way. TIAW is partnering with the Cherie Blair Foundation on their
Mentoring Women in Business Programme. Launched in 2010, the program has
matched nearly 1,000 mentors and protégées from 55 countries, for 1-year
periods of monthly support communications.
The response to the program thus far has been overwhelmingly
positive, with protégées reporting gaining confidence and skills, hiring more
employees, and gaining new clients as a result of being mentored, and mentors reporting
tremendous satisfaction and honed leadership skills. Read the Foundation’s mentoring impact wall
to see what they have to say for themselves about the experience!
What’s expected of mentors? To be a sounding board, to help
your protégée/mentee think both short-term and longer-term about the challenges
they face, and to connect them with resources that can help them grow their
businesses. All mentees must be fluent in English and have access to
technology, as the relationship is conducted online. On average, mentors and
protégées meet online for 1-2 hours per month for one year.
The month-long sign-up period for mentoring begins April 25,
so mark your calendars. Learn more about how the program works, what’s
expected, and the rewards you’ll gain by being involved here: http://www.cherieblairfoundation.org/mentoring/ and go to this link to sign up. You’ll be matched with a protégée who is looking for the particular
skills and experience you have to offer, and there will be training and support
all along the way.
We look forward to a productive alliance with the Cherie
Blair Foundation on this important initiative, and hope you’ll join in to make
Maximize your growth by educating
people with disabilities (PWDs)!
by Sefakor Grateful-Miranda Komabu-Pomeyie
An open forum was created aimed at representing the
voices of people with disabilities and leading to important discussions about
the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and its sustainability. It was named "World
We Want 2015” and had the general caption "Post- 2015 Global Thematic
Consultation on addressing Inequalities, Co led by UNICEF and UN Women
supported by the Governments of Denmark and Ghana”. Its focus was on people
like you and I to participate and bring our views. The inclusion of all groups
of people in the discussion is a great idea, worthy of emulation: having known
that we are all in this MDG saga together and therefore achieving the same measurable global goals.
The biggest fear or concern is how many people with
disabilities (PWDs) are brought around this table of discussion? Also, do these
countries really have reasonable accommodation and accessible school
environments so PWDs can start a school and continue to the graduate level? Do
our learning and examinations methods suit the needs of PWDs? If they struggle
to reach the pinnacle of life, does the society really see their productivity
or still have its own prejudice? Women with disabilities have more painful
obstacles because most employers think they cannot increase growth but rather bring
complications such as maternity and child care; therefore, a huge social
When do we fully include PWDs in our educational
system in order to maximize our growth as a country, a nation, a continent, and
a globe? There is still this fear because the decision making and the
implementation power is in the hands of the "elected”.
TIAW Announces the Passing of Past TIAW
by Maxine Westaway, TIAW Director of the Micro Credit Program
It is with a heavy heart we announce the
passing of Hannah Sorscher March 20th from ALS. Hannah has been a truly invaluable
contributor to TIAW's development in countless significant ways.
Hannah, a recipient of the Mandy Goetze 21st
Century Award in 2008, served as TIAW President 2004 and 2005 and prior to that
as treasurer and secretary. Hannah was a passionate member of the Micro
Development Program from its inception in 2000, serving as treasurer for many
years and later as secretary until her battle with ALS made it impossible for
her to continue. During her term as
President, TIAW celebrated its 25th anniversary, published a 25th Anniversary
History Book and raised the funds for 25 Village Banks as part of its Micro
Hannah’s career in Citigroup led to senior
roles in New York, Sydney, Tokyo, back to New York followed by London as Financial
Controller for Europe, back to New York later capping her 30 year career as Chief
Financial Officer for Citi Cards Canada in 2012.
Hannah first became involved with TIAW
through Foreign Executive Women (FEW) in Tokyo, Japan and was led, by its
connection, to also become a member in 1994 of another TIAW organization, the
Financial Women's Association in New York.
Hannah's association with TIAW has been
marked by her passion for the cause, her willingness to get involved, her great
executive ability and energy.
An example of her fierce dedication and
efficiency saw Hannah serving on the TIAW board while posted in London, often
flying to North America to attend board meetings on a weekend. As the then secretary for TIAW she used her time
on the long flights to prepare minutes so that they would be ready for the
Board on her return to London.
In addition to her superhuman effort of
donating her time and expertise so selflessly, Hannah and her husband Frank were
strong financial supporters of TIAW over the years, including fully funding
several Village Banks for women in developing countries.
Hannah participated in many TIAW
International trips and conferences, always working hard to contribute all she
could in time, energy and devotion to ensure they were a great success.
Hannah leaves her husband Frank along with
family members and her many friends around the world. We are all the better for having known Hannah
To honor Hannah we have created a Village Bank on the TIAW Donor section of
the TIAW website. We invite you to make
your donation by visiting our Micro Credit donation page.
"Every successful woman inspires other women.”
Lisa Kaiser Hickey, President TIAW
TIAW’s mission is to
connect leading women’s organizations worldwide to leverage their reach and
resources, creating a global community of economically empowered women.
Many of these women’s organizations have a
mandate to educate women in the area of entrepreneurship, business development
and growth for the purpose of economic empowerment. They fully understand that
education offers the skills and knowledge needed to create life-long
opportunities, opportunities that can change lives for the better. One of these
organizations, Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs
(NLOWE), has offered me as a business woman much support through their educational
and growth programs.
Each year through NLOWE hundreds of women
learn to take their single idea and change it into a viable business. It is the
well defined education and growth programs offered by women dedicated to
helping women that makes it happen. NLOWE along with its sister organizations
throughout the world work tirelessly and many times behind the scenes to
educate and grow business ideas into business actions, leading to successful
Education and growth come to us both formally
and informally. The education I received from NLOWE was formal but much
learning happened through informal discussions with other business women. To
reflect Lisa Kaiser Hickey’s words, I was inspired greatly by the successful
women I met along the way.
It is estimated that one out of three woman
have a desire to be an entrepreneur. Chances are there are woman within your
social or professional circle who dream of having their own business. You may
not be in a position to offer or even suggest educational programs but you as a
leader could be the inspiration they need for future success. Inspiration can
be the driving force toward education and growth.
Who will you inspire in 2013?
by Phyllis Reardon, M. Ed
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