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TIAW Global Cities

In 2008, TIAW created a new kind of event that would encourage the engagement of members and their associations in TIAW regions around the world using the considerable advantages of key centres of culture and business, known as Global Cities (add link to page where Global City is defined). Hosted by a local TIAW member association, these events support TIAW’s mission to foster the economic empowerment of women, facilitate discussion of important issues, bring together women in corporate and entrepreneurial life and celebrate the achievements of women. As such, it is a prime opportunity to exhibit the civil discourse and thought leadership for which TIAW is well-known.

Each event combines the following enjoyable and enriching components:

  • A membership-focused social gathering (luncheon, workshop, dinner, etc.)
  • The opportunity to discuss topics relating to the economic empowerment of women
  • Premier locations
  • Prestigious speakers
  • Intimate small group setting

Prior events

May 2008 London

London, UK was the scene of TIAW’s first Global Cities event. It was chosen to be the inaugural location and the pilot for TIAW’s Global Cities events.

The focus of the presentations was on an important issue affecting women’s advancement in business circles: ‘Role models – the lack of senior female role models continues to be cited as a key barrier to women’s career success’.

Thought leadership was provided by Dr Ruth Sealy from the International Centre of Women Leaders at Cranfield University’s School of Management, and a member of the research team doing the world-renowned research on the Female FTSE, tracking women’s participation in the top 100 UK board rooms and the issues that contribute to success or create barriers to women’s advancement.

The keynote speaker was a woman who had participated in Ruth’s research: Andrea Sullivan, Head of Corporate Philanthropy and Cultural Partnerships for Europe and the Middle East at Lehman Bros.

The sponsor presentation was given by Herta von Steigel, Executive Chairman of Stargate Investment for their Trapezia Fund, a UK investment vehicle specialised in backing women entrepreneurs.

The session was moderated by Diane Morris (then TIAW President-Elect). It began with a short presentation about TIAW Global Cities by Silvia Cambie, TIAW Regional Director Europe and the Middle East. In the Q&A session, Stephanie MacKendrick (then TIAW President) cordially invited everyone to the TIAW Annual Conference in Toronto (November 2008) and Christine Lawrence, President Women in Banking and Finance, gave the closing with thanks to TIAW.

L to R Caroline Neall, Citigroup; Stephanie MacKendrick,President Canadian Women in Communications, President TIAW, Diane Morris, 1st Vice President and President Elect, TIAW

L to R: Anneke van Leeuwen, Claire Adenis-Lamarre
Anne de Suiza, Past Pres., City Women's Network

The event was co-hosted by one of TIAW’s most committed members, Women in Banking and Finance , a leading networking group aimed to provide support and encouragement to members in their professional life.

L-R Diane Morris, 1st VP TIAW& Christine Lawrence, President, Women in Banking and Finance

Christine Lawrence
Lynette Lackey, BDO Stoy Hayward
Jacqueline Yee, Fortis SA


L-R Amanda Annandale, TIAW Marketing Committee

Roz Morris, Vice-President, City Women's Network



Networking Lunch

October 2009 Toronto

This Global Cities event was combined the TIAW 2009 World of Difference Awards luncheon. The event began with a cocktail reception for international guests, speakers and board members of TIAW and member associations at the beautiful midtown home of Barbara Williams, executive Vice President of Canwest Media, one of Canada’s leading broadcasters, an elegant for high powered networking.


The morning was devoted to a panel on Entrepreneurship, featuring Anne Day, Founder and President, Company of Women, Doreen Conrad, Senior International Consultant, Lois Raats, Certified Coach and Counsellor, Ready2Grow Associates and Diane Girard, Founder and President, Global Links Network. Each of the speakers outlined the key issues facing women entrepreneurs at each significant stage of development of a business, from inception, to accessing capital for growth, to maturity.


There was plenty of time for networking at the elegant King Edward Hotel in the heart of Toronto’s Downtown financial and business district.


The luncheon featured the TIAW 2009 World of Difference Awards honouring women from more than 20 countries on six continents who have made a difference to the economic empowerment of women. (click here for more information on the awards).


Keynote speaker and recipient of the TIAW 2009 World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award, Barbara Annis, spoke with great passion and insight on the imperative to raise gender intelligence in the workplace, not just for women and by women, but to ensure that men bring sophisticated gender understanding to their roles. (click here for more information on Barbara Annis )


The afternoon session was a rousing panel discussion on whether legislation is the only way to make real progress in getting more women onto corporate boards. The spirited debate featured Carol Stephenson, dean of Canada’s prestigious Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Canadian Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, the sponsor of a bill before the Canadian Senate calling for 50% representation of each gender on the boards of all publicly traded companies and crown corporations and Philip Crawley, CEO and Publisher of Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. The session was moderated by Pamela Dinsmore, past Chair of the Board of Canadian Women in Communications and Vice President Regulatory at Rogers Communications Inc.



October 2009 Washington

Immediately following the Toronto event, the Washington, DC Global Cities event included an afternoon and evening focused on the theme of ‘Empowerment of Women Globally: Leading Change and Forging Partnerships’ with dynamic and timely panels with leading policy-makers and practitioners.

The event was attended by 70 women at the Canadian Embassy, adjacent to the US Capitol.

After opening remarks by Diane Morris, TIAW President and Maura Griffin, TIAW Regional Director for the Americas, the panels discussing topics relating to empowerment of women with prestigious speakers and to network with senior women professionals in government, private and non-profit sectors from around the world began.

Panel sessions were held in the Canadian Embassy’s state-of-the-art amphitheater.

First up was the topic: "Empowerment of Women through the Enabling Environment: The Impact of Investments and Investment Policies”, moderated by Dr. Catherine Langlois, Professor of Economics, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University and featuring panellists Amy Augustine- Manager of Diversity and International Labor Relations, Calvert Group Ltd; Sherri Kraham – Acting Vice President, Department of Policy and International Relations. Millennium Challenge Corporation; Tanya Woynarowsky, Program Officer, Eurasia, Vital Voices Global Partnership; Kianoosh Tahbaz-Salehi, Program Officer, Artisan Program, Vital Voices Global Partnership. Additional remarks were provided by Mary Kopper, Vice President of Development, Vital Voices Global Partnership

Next was a session on the Empowerment of Women through Education and Training, moderated by Margie Armen, Member of the TIAW Microenterprise Committee and featuring panellists Dr Ruth Levine – Senior Vice President, Center for Global Development, Julie Hanson-Swanson, Education Program Specialist, Office of Women in Development U.S Agency for International Development, Ellen Mignoni – Senior Vice President and Director Corporate Social Responsibility, APCO Worldwide

After these lively panels and question and answer periods, there was an elegant a canapé and wine reception at the Canadian Embassy, with spectacular views of the U.S. Capitol Building. The reception featured an inspirational keynote speaker: The Honourable Sarmite Bulte, Former Member of Parliament, Past Chair, Prime Minister’s Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs, Canada. Welcome remarks were made at the reception by Mr Guy Saint-Jacques, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Canada and Maxine Westaway, TIAW Executive Director. In addition, Stephanie MacKendrick, Past President and TIAW Board member, recognized the 2009 TIAW Award Recipients present at the reception, including the 2009 Mandy Goetze Award winner, Lisa Mezzetti.





Supporting Organizations

Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance – Women in Technology (CATA-WIT); Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (CAWEE);; Innoversity Creative Summit; MaRS Discovery District; Organization of Women in Trade (OWIT); Rotman School of Management; Women in Capital Markets (WCM); Women Entrepreneurs of Canada (WEC); Women President’s Organization of Canada (WPOC)


About Us

Who are We?

The International Alliance for Women is organized as a 501(c)3 foundation in the USA. We are a global community of economically empowered women across all continents that welcome you to our members’ cities and countries, connecting you with their networks of business and community professionals.

What's our Purpose?

The International Alliance for Women connects leading women’s organizations worldwide to leverage their reach and resources, creating a global community of economically empowered women.

Through our Global Programs we seek to make a difference in the world for those women who are not empowered economically.