Marian E. Goetze – "Mandy” to everyone is not only one of the founders of TIAW in 1980, first as The National Alliance and
later The International Alliance for Women, she then stayed on in a hands-on position (Executive Director or Executive Vice-President) for over 20 years at TIAW. Even after leaving the day-to-day activities of the organization, she has stayed active and a strong, vocal supporter to this day. Mandy was ahead of her time, both in vision and willingness to give time, thought and monetary support.
Mandy’s decades of influence have led to extraordinary results for so many. She has been a personal mentor to hundreds of women who have served on the TIAW Board over the decades. Even today she remains the mentor to dozens of us and an exemplar of business success and community service to which we aspire.
In 1979, Mandy joined with 19 women who had formed business networks in ten cities around the US to discuss whether there would be value in sharing ideas, programs, information, successes and problems. They were the founders of the National Alliance of Professional and Executive Women's Networks, which opened its doors in 1980. TIA was one of the first networking groups for bringing women around the country (with their local networks) together, to support each other and provide their collective knowledge to make something bigger and better. Over the years, with changes and additions, that group is now The International Alliance for Women, a business women’s networking organization of over 35 associations with more than 35,000 members around the world.
Today TIAW continues the important work to unite and support women and their associations around the world leveraging their ideas and their strengths to develop and implement programs for the advancement and economic empowerment of women around the world.
TIAW members join in programs for mentoring and financial education of students, promotion of women on corporate boards, entrepreneurship, and a jewel of a program: microfinance. TIAW women have capitalized over 110 "Village Banks” in over 24 developing countries providing the seed money for women to start their own micro-businesses. These loans have helped these women lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty.
TIAW meets the needs of businesswomen, who network and join together to help each other, but also those in need. They work on mentoring and provide financial education to young girls; provide support to businesswomen like them; and provide support and financial assistance (with no charge) to women in impoverished countries, so that they can start their own business, however small – and although small, these have huge results.
TIAW also sponsors a program of awards – the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award – that recognizes women around the world whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally or worldwide. The award is available to recognize them whether they are well-known or "unsung heroines”; they all run programs in their local cities and communities. Taken together, these women address the needs of hundreds of thousands of people.