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Women's Leadership Network

The Women's Leadership Network connects  women members, designed to build connections on a global level through topical conversations and relevant information. The program encourages member associations to meet with business leaders, government officials, search firms and women’s organizations to ensure there is a strong support for enhancing women in leadership positions.
It also helps women in member associations to fully prepare for successful senior executive/ 
board service by identifying key areas of expertise needed make the transition and assisting associations in determining specific governance issues in their region, industry or country. The Women's Leadership Network ensures that women who are qualified and prepared to serve on corporate and advisory boards connect with the CEO’s and nominating committees who make board appointment decisions.
Leverage TIAW’s Women on Boards Toolkit to offer individual members the necessary preparation to make these connections happen.

We’re pleased to announce that TIAW is participating in the Global Board Ready Women Initiative (GBRW), which is an international list of women who are qualified to sit on a board. The list is compiled by the European Business Schools/Women on Boards Task Force in association with The Forte Foundation. The 2012 TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Candace Johnson and TIAW board member Cristina Vicini are two of the founding partners in the initiative.

The searchable database, list and forum will be administered by the Financial Times Non-Executive Director's Club on the global business platform, LinkedIn as a closed group. In addition, the European Business Schools/Women on Board initiative has arranged for each of the individuals selected for the Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) searchable database to be linked with BoardEx’s Profiles and to access BoardEx’s database of more than 500,000 corporations.

The GBRW group consists of women who are already on a board or ready for a new mandate, who meet a clear set of criteria as worked on and defined over the last year and a half by the European Business Schools/Women on Board initiative and are therefore suitable to be considered for publicly listed company board-level positions. Women in the GBRW group can ensure that their profiles and experience are kept up to date and companies and recruiters can easily search and identify those whose experience most closely match their requirements and contact them directly.

GBRW Selection Criteria

Every application to this closed group is formally assessed and reviewed and only those women who meet the criteria below are accepted. Those participating Business Schools and Professional organizations have applied the same criteria for their participating Alumnae and Members.

All women on the list must have at least 5 years’ experience in 1 or more of the following roles:

  • Chair and/or NED of listed/private corporations
  • CEO, COO, CFO or other C-suite exec/director level in listed/private corporations
  • Family member and controlling shareholder of boards of large family companies
  • Director of government agencies
  • Director of non-profit organizations
  • Institutional investment community senior professional
  • Professional firms senior partner serving boards and their committees as clients
  • Entrepreneur

You may learn more about the closed Global Board Ready Women LinkedIn group and how to join by clicking here.

United Nations' Women's Empowerment Principles

The Women's Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of a collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact.

The Principles are below:

Principle 1: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality

Principle 2: Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination

Principle 3: Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers

Principle 4: Promote education, training and professional development for women

Principle 5: Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women

Principle 6: Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy

Principle 7: Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality

Visit the Women's Empowerment Principles' website to learn more about the Principles and to sign up.  

To learn more about the Women's Leadership Network, please feel free to contact Isabelle Bordas, Program Director, at

Women's Leadership Network

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Companies w/Women Board Members May Have an Edge Link  more ] Administration 7/25/2013
Why We Need More Women in the Boardroom Link  more ] Administration 1/16/2013
GBRW Press Release DOCX (52.41 KB) Administration 12/22/2012
EESC Statement on Female Entrepreneurship DOC (87.5 KB) Administration 12/27/2012

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.