Amanda Ellis Named Honorary Patron for the
2013 TIAW World of Difference Awards
Amanda Ellis has been named Honorary Patron for the 2013 TIAW World of Difference Awards. One of the most influential global champion’s of women’s economic empowerment, Ms. Ellis currently serves as New Zealand’s Head of Mission and Ambassador, PR, to the United Nations in Geneva. She is also special envoy for the New Zealand Prime Minister. In 2011, Ms. Ellis was the recipient of the TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award for her longstanding and effective support of women’s economic empowerment.
"Amanda Ellis has had an enormous impact on the economic empowerment of women in every single role she has taken on in her career,” said Lisa Hickey, President of TIAW. "She uses her influence at the global level to pave the way for women at all levels of the economic spectrum, but particularly for women who are most disadvantaged through gender disparities in income, opportunity, culture and social norms. We are delighted that she has agreed to be the Honorary Patron of the awards as she is the exemplar of everything the TIAW World of Difference Awards stand for," said Ms. Hickey.
Throughout her career, Ms. Ellis has had a huge impact on advancing women. An economist specialising in international trade and development, Ms Ellis began her professional career with the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1988 as an economist and diplomat, and served subsequently at the OECD in Paris, as Consul in the French Pacific Territories and manager of NZ aid programmes in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia.
Moving to the corporate world, she was Head of Women’s Markets and National Manager Women in Business for Westpac Banking Corporation in Australia. Her team grew annual revenues from a standing start to over half a billion dollars in just three years.
In 2004 Ms. Ellis founded the Gender Entrepreneurship Markets (GEM) global programme at the International Finance Corporation, providing advice to governments and companies in developing countries on private sector development. From there she joined the World Bank in Washington, DC as Lead Specialist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group, where she also managed the World Bank President’s Global Private Sector Leaders Forum, working with the world’s most powerful CEOs to promote women’s economic empowerment.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Ellis was Deputy Chief Executive of the New Zealand ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and head of the New Zealand Aid program, leading 220 staff in New Zealand and offshore to manage over half a billion dollars of official development assistance annually.
In 2012 Ms. Ellis received the East West Center Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2011, the International Alliance for Women’s (TIAW) World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award for her consistent commitment to promoting women’s economic empowerment in developing countries and reducing gender disparities in the areas of business, finance and management.
Ms. Ellis is a member of Rotary International, serves on the Advisory Boards of New Zealand Global Women, the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, the Global Banking Alliance, WE Connect International and has been a longstanding advocate of TIAW’s mission.
March 26 – 28, 2014
On March 26, 27 and 28, 2014, women leaders, from around the world will gather in Washington, DC at the centrally located --The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel
for the 2014 TIAW Global Forum and World of Difference Awards.
A thought provoking and inspiring program focusing on making connections to further your career and building relationships to effect positive economic change will be presented. Participate in sessions on entrepreneurship, microenterprise, women in leadership, trade, business, commerce and mentoring.
We will honor a remarkable champion of women’s economic advancement, 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winner – Melanne Verveer. And the recipients of the 2014 TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards will also be recognized. Be there to hear how award recipients from six continents have harnessed their passion and determination to take direct action in support of the economic empowerment of women.
The Global Forum will begin with an elegant welcome reception at the home of the New Zealand Ambassador Michael Moore. Honorary Patron of the TIAW World of Difference Awards, Amanda Ellis, Ambassador, Head of Mission, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations, will be on hand to help welcome delegates from around the world.
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of high-calibre speakers in the coming weeks.Schedule this important event in your calendar and plan to attend! Early bird registration is open - sign up now to take advantage of this discount. Early bird registration closes on February 1, 2014.
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TIAW To Honor Former US Ambassador
Each year, TIAW bestows the TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual TIAW Global Forum to recognize one woman who has truly made a difference in the lives of women.
Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and former U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues in the Obama administration is the recipient of the 2013 TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Ms. Verveer at the TIAW Awards gala in conjunction with the TIAW Annual Global Forum.
In 2009, President Obama nominated Melanne Verveer to be the first ever U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State. Ambassador Verveer spent the past four years working with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to coordinate foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries. In such capacity, she worked to mobilize concrete support for women’s political and economic empowerment through public-private partnerships as well by working to fully integrate women’s participation and rights into U.S.foreign policy. President Obama also appointed Verveer to serve as U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Today she is the Director of Georgetown University’s newly-established Institute for Women, Peace and Security. The Institute seeks to enhance national and global security by documenting the crucial role women play in peace-building and security through research and scholarship and by engaging global leaders from government, civil society and the private sector in conversations on the urgent issues of out times.
Ambassador Verveer is also the founding partner of Seneca Point Global, the global women strategy firm. SPG partners with leading companies and institutions to design, implement and measure integrated strategies that focus on women and girls and drive sustainable results –whether social, economic or both.
Prior to her role at the State Department, Ambassador Verveer served as Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership,an international NGO she co-founded to invest in emerging women leaders. Prior to Vital Voices, she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration. She was chief assistant to Hillary Clinton in her wide-ranging international activities to advance women’s rights and further social development, democracy and peace-building initiatives. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women and was instrumental in the adoption of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Prior to her time in the White House, Ambassador Verveer served in a number of leadership roles in public policy organizations and as congressional staff.
Ambassador Verveer has a B.S. and M.S. from Georgetown University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development. She has served as the 2013 Humanitas visiting professor at Cambridge University. In 2008, the President of Ukraine awarded her the Order of Princess Olga. She holds several honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service.
TIAW has revealed the 2013 recipients of the TIAW World of
Difference 100 Award, an honor that is presented each year to up to 100 extraordinary individuals from around
the world whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women
locally, regionally or internationally.
Founded in 2008, the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award has
garnered worldwide attention for the high caliber of achievement and change
leadership demonstrated by its recipients, the impressive reach of the awards
throughout the world and by their growing impact.The awards celebrate the
inspiring, courageous, tenacious and creative achievements of the extraordinary
champions of women’s economic advancement.
"These are the people who are truly making a difference to
the economic empowerment of women,” said Stephanie MacKendrick, Chair of the
TIAW Awards Committee. "They come from
all walks of life and all regions of the world, but their impact is the
same. They are moving their communities,
societies, countries and the world forward by advancing the economic role of
women, with all the associated positive benefits that emanate from that
empowerment. We are honored to be able
to recognized these exceptional role models with our World of Difference
Awards,” she said.
Be inspired by the list
of 100 honorees from five continents
and 35 different countries here.
Maxine Westaway has been named the 2013
recipient of the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award, an honor that is
bestowed each year to a member of TIAW who has made an extraordinary
contribution to the development of the organization.
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, Microcredit Donor Trips to a variety of
countries, 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 Microcredit Program where she continues to
build on this flagship initiative.
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.”The Mandy Goetze
21st Century Award will be presented at the TIAW World of Difference
Awards dinner in Washington, DC on March 27, 2014, as part of the annual TIAW
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