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E-Connections: May 2015
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President's Message

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

This special edition of e-Connections focuses on the TIAW 35th Anniversary celebration and the 2015 Global Forum and World of Difference 100 Awards. 

As TIAW enters its 35th year anniversary, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Global Forum and World of Difference 100 Awards dinner/gala event will be held on October 21-23, 2015 in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is Beyond Sustainability:  Women’s Economic Empowerment, Building for the future on the past! It is appropriate that this theme reflects the ongoing global evolution -- progress and future of economic empowerment of women.  

As we celebrate this 35th anniversary, I am reminded of what many of you have shared about your experiences with TIAW at the Global Forum and World of Difference event or through the various programs.  Recurring threads are authenticity, real conversations, long-term business connections, lasting friendships, recognition and celebration, and above all making a difference in economically empowering women locally, regionally and globally.   Just as the world continues to change and grow so does TIAW from its grassroots beginnings in 1980 to the global organization it is today.  In recent years, TIAW has expanded its reach with micro credit village banks, mentoring entrepreneurs through the Cherie Blair Foundation, and helping women leaders to increase representation on boards through Global Board Ready Women (GBRW).  The engagement and collaboration of the board of directors, association and individual members, as well as, our affiliates and sponsors has been instrumental in guiding TIAW in this evolution.   We look forward to all of you joining in the celebration of the TIAW’s 35th anniversary.     

As always, we are very excited about the World of Difference awards!  We are honored to have Selima Ahmad from Bangladesh as this year’s Lifetime Award recipient. We are fortunate to have Andrina Lever (past Lifetime Award recipient) as this year’s honorary patron of the Awards. Awards Committee co-chairs, Stephanie MacKendrick and Diane Morris indicate that the Nominations Judging Committee is currently reviewing the many nominations submitted this year and is on track to announce the World of Difference 100 awardees the beginning of May. We are very pleased to have received a large number of nominations, many of them from geographic areas not previously represented.   To those that submitted nominations, we thank you for your support by recognizing someone you believe is making a difference to economically empower women! 

Please see the location and hotel information in this issue so that you can make your flight and hotel reservations, obtain visas and other logistical requirements.    Join us as a sponsor for this special event and help us to continue to be a leading force in economically empowering women.

Remember to join or renew your individual or association membership so that you can take advantage of the many benefits available to you in support of economic empowerment for women, including discounted registration fees for the Global Forum and World of Difference Awards dinner/gala.

I look forward to celebrating with you in October!

Best regards. 

Margaret (Peg) Weir

TIAW, President


Lifetime Achievement Award-

Selima Ahmad

The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) is delighted to announce Selima Ahmad as the 2014-2015 TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. This prestigious honor is bestowed each year upon a woman of great achievement, whose actions have truly made a difference globally in the economic empowerment of women.


Ms. Ahmad's contributions are greatly admired and recognized internationally: as a role model for women in business through her work at the Nitol-Niloy Group, as a member of the board of directors of the Sonali Bank Limited and as a tireless champion of women entrepreneurs through her work as the founder of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She has enabled women to aspire to a brighter future, to engage as entrepreneurs and to also move beyond micro businesses into more ambitious ventures, all within a society that faces significant hurdles for women in the norms of tradition and culture.



World of Difference Awards Honorary Patron - Andrina Lever

The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) announced that Andrina Lever, an internationally-recognized advocate for women entrepreneurs, has been appointed Honorary Patron of the 2014-2015 TIAW World of Difference Awards.

Throughout her career, Ms. Lever has seized every opportunity to help promote the economic empowerment of women, playing an instrumental role in the establishment in 1996 of the APEC Women Leaders Network as well as organizing the private sector component of the first two-and largest ever-Canadian women trade missions between the United States and Canada. She has used her time, energy, connections, and resources to develop and deliver training and courses for women entrepreneurs, government agencies and major suppliers. She has chaired numerous government committees, promoting advocacy and good policy for women in business, helping women find better access to finance, technology, information, markets, and training.


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Mandy Goetze Award - Diane Morris


TIAW is pleased to announce that Diane Morris has been named the 2015 recipient of the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award. 


The Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award is an award that is bestowed annually to a TIAW member who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and success of TIAW, whether it is a long-standing effort or an exceptional achievement in a specific time frame.


Diane Morris, a graduate of the London School of Economics for whom she was the inaugural Chair of the Female Alumni Network, has a marketing background, originally working in consumer magazines and advertising for IPC Women’s Magazines and Gillette in the UK, moving into international business media with BBC World, TIME and Fortune Magazine during the ten years she spent in Asia. She moved into conferences with DNMstrategies who were the producers and managers of the BusinessWeek conferences in Asia. Her experience of working in Africa, USA, and Asia has recently led to an invitation to become a tutor in International Marketing with the Institute of Export and International Trade.  




2015 Global Forum and World of Difference Awards 100 event - Hotel Information




We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Global Forum and World of Difference 100 Awards dinner/gala will be held at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, located at 1001 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005.


Rooms may be reserved with a special rate of $275 per night and includes breakfast. This special rate is available through September 29, 2015.


Please use the following when making your reservations:


Reservation Block Code:            TAJ

Reservation Phone #:                1-877-622-1970

Booking Link:                            TIAW Conference 2015


Additional information regarding the Global Forum and World of Difference 100 Awards will be forthcoming.

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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.