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E-Connections: October 2014
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President's Message

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On October 23, 2014, I officially became the President of TIAW.  I am honored to take on this role to serve as the President for TIAW and to continue to work with the Board of Directors, our Associations and Individual Members, Affiliations and Sponsors for the success of TIAW. Thank you for your vote of confidence. 

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the many contributions of outgoing President Lisa Kaiser Hickey, who has resigned from the Board.  Under Lisa’s leadership, TIAW implemented a Global Ambassador program, transitioned to a new website, and developed new marketing materials to name just a few items.  TIAW will continue to reap the many benefits of her generosity and hard work for a long time.  

Sherry Fotheringham Gysler has graciously agreed to continue on the Board as Past President.  I am grateful to Sherry for her continued dedication and contributions to TIAW.   She is a tremendous leader, networker, role model and mentor.  I would also like to thank the outgoing board members for their remarkable support and guidance Pamela Heilman, Parliamentarian; Maxine Westaway, Micro Credit Program; and Tonya McNeal-Weary, Daughters Program.

It is my pleasure to announce the TIAW Board members for 2014-2016:

  • Sherry Fotheringham Gysler, Past President
  • Cristina Vicini, First Vice President  and Presidents’ International Advisory Council (PIAC) Chair 
  • Pamela Caudill, Second Vice President
  • Elizabeth Cotsworth, Secretary
  • Ann Watterworth, Parliamentarian
  • Katherine Gugulis, Vice President, Membership
  • Ade Onilude, Vice President, Marketing
  • Anne Izzillo, Director, FWA Charter Member representative
  • Isabelle Bordas,  Program Director, Women’s Leadership Network
  • Diane Tompson, Program Director, Entrepreneurship Program
  • Tiffany McVeety, Program Director, Micro Credit Program
  • Nilufer  Erdebil, Director at Large

Just a friendly reminder that nominations are currently being accepted for the World of Difference Lifetime Achievement award.  Please feel free to submit nominations through October 31, 2014.  

The World of Difference 100 award nomination process will begin in the next few weeks.  A special announcement will be made so that you can start nominating candidates within the various categories.   The TIAW World of Difference 100 Award recognizes women, and men, whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally or worldwide. Recipients will be celebrated at the World of Difference Awards gala during the TIAW Global Forum. 

A slight change from previous messaging based on member feedback, the Global Forum and World of Difference Awards gala will be held in Washington, DC, October 20-24, 2015.   Announcements will be made as soon as more details become available. 

In this issue of e-Connections, read about the “Go for the Greens” event, Enterprising Women of the Year award nominations, and TIAW Association member Women in Logistics and Delivery Services (WILDS). 

Remember to renew your membership so that you can take advantage of the many benefits available to you in support of economic empowerment for women.  Check out these benefits by clicking on the following link:  Also, take this opportunity to contribute to the funding of a village bank by going to    For those of you in the USA, remember your donations are tax deductible.

Again, I look forward to serving you as TIAW’s president and to a very close and collaborative engagement with our members, sponsors, affiliations and of course our new board.

Best regards.


Margaret (Peg) Weir


TIAW Partners with Enterprising Women Magazine

TIAW is a partner organization of Enterprising Women magazine. We are pleased to announce that it is time to submit nominations for the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards


13th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference


Enterprising Women magazine has announced that nominations for the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Award are now open on the magazine's website    Visit the magazine's home page and click on the link to submit your nomination.  The deadline for submitting a nomination is November 23, 2014 at midnight.

Considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for outstanding women entrepreneurs, the Enterprising Women of the Year Award recognizes outstanding women business owners from North America and around the globe. Award winners are recognized for building financially successful, thriving businesses; exhibiting leadership at the local, state, national or international level; and mentoring and giving back to support other women in business.

Winners will be recognized at the 13th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration and Conference, March 29-31 at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, culminating with the Gala Awards Dinner on the evening of March 31.  The event also includes the annual Hall of Fame Luncheon to recognize two outstanding women entrepreneurs who will be inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame.

The event also includes the annual meeting for the Enterprising Women Advisory Board, a 140+ member  board of outstanding women entrepreneurs, leaders of the major non-profit organizations that support women's entrepreneurship, and top corporate representatives. The event provides an outstanding opportunity to network with the prestigious members of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board and award honorees. Event registration is open to all women entrepreneurs and corporate representatives beginning December 1.


For more information, please contact Beth Blake at 

or call 919-300-0005


Visit to submit a nomination

Go for the Greens 2014 Event

Go for the Greens is a business development conference for women entrepreneurs.  TIAW is an event partner.  The event chair, Cindy Chace is a 2012 TIAW World of Difference award recipient and UPS director and co-chair Diane Sears, founder and president of DiVerse Media and holds leadership roles in National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) [both organizations are TIAW Association members].   Go for the Greens is a not-for-profit venture operated by the Go for the Greens Foundation Inc., a 501c3 based in Orlando, Florida. Its all-volunteer board of directors and planning team consist of leaders from the foundation’s supporting organizations. Corporate partners include Go for the Greens co-founders and 2014 Title Sponsors UPS and Walt Disney World. Strategic partners include 2014 Title Partners WBENC and Rally for the Cure.

The 2014 conference focused on a theme of Innovate. Collaborate. Celebrate.   The event offered attendees great opportunities for informal networking, one-on-one business matchmaking meetings, educational programming (especially around procurement, contracting – “green” and internationally), social events, and an optional golf networking event.   Several TIAW association member organizations were in attendance including, NAWBO, WPO, WBENC, WEConnect, NLOWE and others.  A trade delegation from Canada attended the conference and TIAW 2013 award recipient Louise Leger, Consul General of Canada spoke about trade.  Read more about the conference:

TIAW President Peg Weir and Past-President Sherry Fotheringham Gysler attended the event and are shown here with Cindy Chace and Diane Sears.


Women in Logistics and Delivery Services- WILDS

“Over the past ten years, we have had the privilege of watching many of our WILDS women move up to high levels of responsibility in the industry, both in government and private corporations.  Many of these women were mentored by senior WILDS women, and they are now reaching out to help younger women coming through the ranks.”   - Joy Leong

TIAW Association Silver-level member, Women in Logistics & Delivery Services (WILDS) is a nonprofit organization created to promote women's leadership in the postal and delivery industries. The organization provides networking, mentoring and training opportunities to address issues that women in these industries regularly face.  Postal Regulatory Chairman Ruth Goldway and Joy Leong, an attorney in Washington, D.C., co-founded WILDS after realizing that there were disproportionately few women in leadership positions in the industry.   Ruth Goldway and Joy Leong were recognized in 2012 as TIAW World of Difference award recipients for their efforts to economically empower women. 

WILDS members span a broad range of backgrounds and experience. They come from both the private sector and government; from the top levels of management to women just beginning their careers.

WILDS provides opportunities for its members to interact with other women in the postal, logistics and delivery industries through education and training programs, as well as social events. The WILDS' mentoring program matches experienced women leaders with newer members of the industry, providing them a comfortable arrangement to ask questions, solicit advice and learn from each other. Speakers at WILDS functions have included women who are CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, high-level federal officials, and Members of Congress.

An example of the strength of TIAW’s network can be found in Candace Johnson, TIAW 2012 Lifetime Achievement awardee, speaking at a WILDS event earlier this year following an invitation by Joy Leong.   The event was a major success like so many of WILDS’s events.  See more about WILDS via the following link:



 TIAW 2012 Lifetime Achievement awardee Candace Johnson speaks at a WILDS event in June 2014.

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