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Inspiration from TIAW

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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Rising to the Challenge

Posted By TIAW Administrator, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Women are tough. They are showing outstanding resolve and strength in coping with economic crisis and, as owners of approximately a third of all businesses worldwide, play a crucial role in the global economy.  Their increasing rate of entrepreneurship is a force that policy makers around the world would do well to consider.  Women-owned businesses produce 30% (Latin America) to 80% (sub-Saharan Africa) of the world’s food. Their advancement in economic, social and political spheres is undeniable, but their success is constrained by in-equal access to education and training and the failure of many countries to establish equality under the law. However, women do not forget that they can have a strong hand overcoming these obstacles by training their children for a different future than they have had, teaching role equality to sons and daughter alike.

Why are women so resilient, even in tough times?  They are optimistic and are generally willing to re-invent themselves or their businesses to react to new opportunities.  Jealous guardians of cash, they are savvy deal-makers, often using barter to minimize cash outlay and gain products needed for their businesses.  They are relationship-builders, and so it flows that they are also frequent and effective communicators and generally deliver A+ customer service.  Although they are notorious multi-taskers, they also recognize the value of winding down and allowing themselves to renew and re-balance.

Women that still aren’t satisfied with the progress of their business are doing a number of things to enhance their success.  Assuming that a growth strategy is already in place and owner-operators are measuring and managing the critical performance areas of the business, here are six things that lead to improved business performance:

  1.  Intensify the focus on customers and broaden the value delivered to them. Are the customer’s needs understood?  Is their opinion asked with regard to value, satisfaction, and service?  Is it easy to conduct a transaction?  Is the product/service delivered on-time and exceeding customer expectation
  2. Look for existing differentiators or create new ones. Complete the phrase “my company is the only…”  If your company lacks competitive advantages, figure out how to create them.  Understand the strengths and differentiators of competitors, and capitalize on their weaknesses. Be aggressive in advertising and marketing.  In the absence of superior internal expertise, engage a professional provider for these services.
  3. Broaden networks of support.  Join organizations – like TIAW -  that provide resources, information and contacts that are valuable to business growth.  Qualify as a Global Board Ready Woman and become visible to corporate boards on a global scale.  Join entrepreneurial organizations such as TIAW members United Success, NAWBO, WBENC, WeConnect or WPO. 
  4. Embrace social responsibility as a cost of doing business.  Invest in employees and your community for the common good.  View the bottom line in triplicate:  people, planet and profits.
  5. Actively and strategically participate in social media  Develop skills of self-promotion by blogging relevant content on social and professional sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.  To help build media access, try HARO.  For professional international networking, join TIAW.  Tools such as HootSuite will assist you with scheduling your social media posts that daily attention is not necessary.
  6. Join trade networks that are aligned with your revenue goals. Diversifying revenue streams is every bit as important as diversifying an investment portfolio.  TIAW’s Entrepreneurship program is an excellent resource for the development of trade relationships, and several of TIAW’s members such as the Organization of Women in Trade (OWIT) can help you develop relationships in your own geographic area of the world.

I hope you found this tips helpful to the development of your business.  We are here for you.

 

Lisa Kaiser Hickey

President, TIAW

Tags:  economic empowerment for women  succeentrepreneurial success  women business development  women entrepreneurs  women entrepreneurship  Women Leadership 

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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.

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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.