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Posted By TIAW Administrator, Sunday, July 13, 2014

It is often difficult as a woman to develop the competence and confidence to get things done through others, to tell our story, and to become fearless.  At TIAW’s annual Global Forum (the next one will be held in October, 2015), you will be inspired by women from around the world who have accomplished those very things. Read the stories of the women honored March 27, 2014 as the latest class of 100 “World of Difference” awardees.  They join nearly 300 others that TIAW has recognized over the years.

TIAW also recognizes one woman each year for her legacy to women through our Lifetime Achievement Award.  Ten women have received this remarkable honor, and through these extraordinary women TIAW has built alliances and expanded networks that continue to make a difference in the lives of women worldwide.

Building leadership capacity is a continuing focus for TIAW in 2014.  You will be seeing expansions of our Entrepreneurship and Women’s Leadership Network programs for this purpose.  We will continue our funding of village banks through our Micro Credit program. 2013 was a record year for donations, so we look forward to doing more than ever in 2014.   

To see leaders in action, get in touch with the Global Ambassador in your geographic region.  Fifteen months in the making, TIAW now has 30 women from all over the world who are there just for you.  If you’d like to meet the ambassador in your region, please email Global_Ambassadors@tiaw.org  Our ambassadors each have an inspiring story of their own to share with you, and you may consider them to be your personal portal to the TIAW network.

Every successful woman inspires other women.  Thank you for inspiring me. 

Lisa Kaiser Hickey            

Tags:  economic empowerment for women  empowerment for women  EntrepreneurshipWomen Leadership  Global Ambassadors  Lifetime Achievement Award  Micro Credit  TIAW Daughters e- Mentoring Program  women business development  women entrepreneurs  women entrepreneurship  Women in Business  Women’s Leadership Network 

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Uncommon Leadership

Posted By TIAW Administrator, Friday, May 16, 2014

My friend Martha Mayhood Mertz, who founded the Athena Foundation in the United States, has studied the thousands of women that have moved through her Athena program to develop their business and leadership acumen. She has identified eight recurring things these women all have in common:

  • Live authentically
  • Learn constantly
  • Advocate fiercely
  • Act courageously
  • Foster collaboration
  • Build relationships
  • Give back
  • Celebrate

Confirming Martha’s internal survey, author John Gerzema studied 64,000 men and women for his newly released book Athena Doctrine.  Mr. Gerzema ‘discovered’ what we already knew as women – that our collaborating, nurturing, synergistic styles are highly prized. 

You may be surprised to know that many of the traits in Martha’s list are not things to be learned - many of us know or have these traits innately – but to be DONE in order for these traits to be manifested in leadership success. 

I often reflect on how I came to know the things I know.  Do you?  As a Girl Scout at the age of six, I discovered learning different things was fun, became competitive as I sought to have the most badges or sell the most cookies, and perhaps most importantly of all, unconsciously grounded myself in the very principles I hold today.  It is astonishing now to look back and realize how the very simple words of the Girl Scout Law have influenced my path for so long:   

“I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to respect myself and others, respect authority,
use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout”

Today, the Girl Scouting experience is defined as being leadership-focused and is grounded on three simple core concepts:  discover, connect and take action.  These principles are timeless to leaders of every age.  When we understand ourselves and have a clear internal compass, we are ready to DISCOVER new paradigms.  The more we experience, we learn that caring, serving, and inspiring others is how we CONNECT in our immediate local circle, but also in our community and world at large.  As we learn about other cultures around us and in the world, we know that embracing those that are different from us is not only the right thing to do, but the only way to breed mutual understanding, respect, and good will. If we couple our tools of discovering and connecting, we will TAKE ACTION to better ourselves, others, and the world. 

Discover, connect and take action.  I can’t think of a better way to start than to join TIAW. 

 

Lisa Kaiser Hickey

President, TIAW

Tags:  Athena Foundation  Martha Mayhood Mertz  Women in Business  Women Leadership 

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