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President's Message

Dear colleagues and friends,

Although women represent about half of the world’s talent, our talents are not enlisted in equal numbers. Our challenge is to build our own capacity for leadership, put ourselves forth as capable candidates for leadership, and educate the organizations seeking leaders to connect with us as a viable talent pool.

At TIAW, our Women’s Leadership Network is bringing forth some excellent tools to help you develop and market your leadership potential.

First, you can work on building capacity by participating in the Global Women’s Leadership
Summit, which is expected to be the world’s largest forum for professional women in the world.

GWALS is a collaboration of the world’s pre-eminent leaders to forward the advancement of
women on a global scale.

In addition to the live event which will be held in New York City this fall, there will be a ‘presummit’ of the same lecturers available on line over a period of three weeks. Choose as many lectures as you like, because TIAW has arranged for you to participate at NO CHARGE in the pre-summit! You may access your complimentary pass and register here:


Some of the GWALS presenters are Cherie Blair; Riane Eisler; Meera Sanyal; authors John Gray, John Gerzema, Sally Helgesen and Marci Shimoff; Gina Bianchini; Gloria Feldt. This online pre-summit will occur September 9-27. You can attend from any location without any travel or expense involved.

Ready for the next step? TIAW makes it easy with live links on our web site to join the Global Board-Ready Women Database for senior executives. Just follow the link here.

Once in the Database, you can enroll for free in AESC’s BlueSteps program, which helps you craft your resume and market your skills for the job or position you seek.

Own the challenge to achieve your potential. We know you can!

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Lisa Kaiser Hickey

President



Not a Gender Issue, an Economic Necessity

by Phyllis Reardon, M. Ed 

It is a known fact that men and women think differently which would suggest that they approach both creativity and problem solving in a distinctive way. Yes, we are equal to men but we are different. This is not an article to push the feminist agenda but it is an article to ask Why there are not more woman at the directors level in businesses.

Let us take a look at the numbers in the 2012 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors.

It states:

  • In 2012, women held 16.6 percent of board seats at Fortune 500 companies.
  • In both 2011 and 2012, less than one-fifth of companies had 25 percent or more women directors, while one-tenth had no women serving on their boards. In 2012, women of color held 3.3 percent of all board seats.

Some may see this as progress however the numbers speak for themselves. Neither sixteen percent nor twenty-five percent is close to a true representation of women. Half of the world’s population is female, contributing to half of the business owners and consumers in the world. This begs the question.

Why then do we not see this proportion reflected in the board rooms around the world?

We are not there yet.

Let us not settle but let us work to insure that the progress for women in board rooms throughout our nations moves to one of equity. Equity not for the sake of equity but to insure that the talent that is unique to women serves the economies of our countries.

Women have so much to offer the economic development and financial well being of a company, bringing a special perspective to the economy. Research shows that women use more collaborative and creative means to address challenges, resulting in highly productive results.

Ask yourself as you move through your busy day or your business day just how you might be able to influence the movement of a woman into the boardroom.

This is not a gender issue, this is an economic necessity.



Melanne Verveer To Receive 2013 TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement March 27, 2014 in Washington, DC

TIAW is pleased to announce 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 has been named the 2013 TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Throughout her career, Ms. Verveer has championed women's economic advancement and among her many achievements was a founder of the influential Vital Voices organization.

"Melanne Verveer has been a titan of women's advancement for so many years," said Stephanie MacKendrick, Chair of the TIAW Awards Committee. "We are proud that we will be able to honor her in person with our most prestigious individual award." For more about Melanne Verveer: click here.

TIAW is also delighted to announce that the TIAW Global Forum and World of Difference Awards gala will be held in Washington, DC on March 27th and 28th, 2014.

"Washington is a perfect meeting spot for so many of our international members and award winners," said Margaret (Peg) Weir, Co-Chair of the TIAW Global Forum. "It's an international city and a hub for change agents and advocates, making it ideal for those who want to further their missions through the very fertile surroundings of Washington or just simply to network. Most importantly, it's rich history and beautiful surroundings also make it a place of inspiration."

The TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards includes a remarkable group of winners from 35 different countries who represent a broad range of regions throughout the world. We are very proud to be able to honor these women - and the men who champion women's economic empowerment - at the World of Difference awards ceremony on March 27th, 2014.

Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to interact with leaders from around the world, build important connections and leave with exciting new ideas to advance your career, your business and your personal growth. Schedule this important event in your calendar now, and plan to attend – March 27-28, 2014!

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of high-caliber speakers in the upcoming weeks, and for early registration to open!

There are several opportunities to become a sponsor for this important event. Please contact Margaret (Peg) Weir, Global Forum co-chair at VPFinance@TIAW.org or Lisa Kaiser Hickey, President at President@TIAW.org or Terri Hall, Global Forum co-chair, at Marketing@TIAW.org. General inquiries, please contact Admin@TIAW.org.



Making a Difference in Solving Global Challenges

by Sefakor Grateful-Miranda Komabu-Pomeyie

You will agree with me that investment in women is equal to poverty reduction in all spheres of life. When women thrive, the society benefits and succeeding generations are given a better start in life as once put by Kofi Annan. Among these women are women with disabilities who are making changes in solving global challenges. In their strive to solve global issues, women struggle with many burdensome systems but yet conquer them. Every woman, in one way or another, craves to do something about critical areas of life such as health care, education, corruptions, politics, conflict and all human rights issues. They tackle these issues in their own small ways and that reflects in the community in which they are in.

Indeed, they toil unadorned, but with their perseverance, creativity and resourcefulness; they always bring new tools and frameworks to the table to solve the global issues.

But then, do we always consider their womanhood and motherhood as something special? Do we believe women cannot attain these special heights without men giving them a push? Kudos to our dependable men. Have you ever thought of the way they solve global challenges directly or indirectly by keeping the house from burning, from hunger, child trafficking, conflict and environmental degradation? Women are the pivots of every success in the world; therefore, do not undermine any caliber of woman in your life.

You may have a disabled mother, sister, cousin or aunt who does something significant and unique to solve numerous global issues. Do not hesitate to come on board; we need your push to make more impacts.



3 Ways to Get Involved with the Daughters e-Mentoring Program

by Tonya McNeal-Weary, Daughters e-Mentoring Program Director

You're Invited: Daughters e-Mentoring Program Informational Meeting & Networking Event

Join us for an evening of networking to learn more about the Daughters e-Mentoring Program and our upcoming volunteer mission to Costa Rica! Learn how you can become a mentor and empower young women and girls globally.

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $20 in advance | $30 at the door
Location: Verity  111d Queen Street East  Toronto, ON M5C 1S2

You can register for the event online now at tiaw.orgDownload flyer for more information.


Call For Mentors!

TIAW is looking for passionate and caring female volunteers for our Daughters e-Mentoring Program. Daughters is an innovative online mentoring program that matches young girls ages 14 to 24 with female professionals from around the world. For more information, email Daughters@tiaw.org or contact Tonya McNeal-Weary at +1 202.351.6839 ext. 6.
 
 
 
 


Connect with Daughters on Facebook and Twitter:

 

Volunteer Mission | Costa Rica: Cartago 

Join TIAW's Daughters e-Mentoring Program for an adventure of a lifetime as we journey to Costa Rica for a 1-week volunteer mission to work alongside local organizations working to effect real social change!

Dates: May 25 - May 31, 2014 

Download flyer for more information or Register Now*!

*Registration Information: Group Name: TIAW; Group Password: tiaw1
 




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Are you interested in submitting an article for inclusion in one of our upcoming issues or becoming a contributing editor? If so, please contact admin@tiaw.org for more information.



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