|e-Connections: April 2013|
Dear colleagues and friends,
Global Forum is on the horizon for October 7 and 8 in the international gateway
city of Miami. The forum will focus this
year on the opportunities for growth on a global scale. You know and I know that women have arrived
at the global market gateway…we account for $20 trillion of global consumer
spending (65%). Accompanying our spend
is the World Bank’s prediction of a $5 trillion jump in our global income. You
will want to learn how TIAW and its association members and partners are
addressing growth issues for women. This
year you can attend not only our conference but also two adjacent conferences
that are aligned with our programming!
Please visit our website in the coming weeks for more information.
recently reported in Fast Company’s online story, "In both emerging markets and
developed nations, women's power of influence extends well beyond the
traditional roles of family and education to government, business, and the
environment. And this is just the start
of a sweeping change. Women around the globe have more control over their life
choices and path than ever before”. Read the story here.
Unfortunately, not all women have control over their life choices. A root challenge remains the education of girls, which leads to employment and entrepreneurship. According to the Economic Intelligence Unit, the principal areas affecting the journey to empowerment lies in labor policy, labor practice, legal and social status, business environment, access to finance and education and training. Click here to take a look at the resources TIAW has located to help you learn more.
Through TIAW, you can expect our aim to be sure on the economic empowerment of women. Our four channels of focus attack much of what is critical for economic growth… jobs and wealth from Entrepreneurship, leadership skills and development from Women's Leadership Network, education from Daughters and an expansion of global micro-enterprise is made possible through Micro Credit.
We are all daughters and some mothers, yet it is in our collective community of women that we "connecting to make all the difference in the world”.
Lisa Kaiser Hickey
by Julie Weeks, TIAW Director of the Entrepreneurship Program
TIAW members are experienced women in their fields, who have giving back in their DNA. Well, here’s a way to give back in a direct and impactful way. TIAW is partnering with the Cherie Blair Foundation on their Mentoring Women in Business Programme. Launched in 2010, the program has matched nearly 1,000 mentors and protégées from 55 countries, for 1-year periods of monthly support communications.
The response to the program thus far has been overwhelmingly positive, with protégées reporting gaining confidence and skills, hiring more employees, and gaining new clients as a result of being mentored, and mentors reporting tremendous satisfaction and honed leadership skills. Read the Foundation’s mentoring impact wall to see what they have to say for themselves about the experience!
What’s expected of mentors? To be a sounding board, to help your protégée/mentee think both short-term and longer-term about the challenges they face, and to connect them with resources that can help them grow their businesses. All mentees must be fluent in English and have access to technology, as the relationship is conducted online. On average, mentors and protégées meet online for 1-2 hours per month for one year.
The month-long sign-up period for mentoring begins April 25, so mark your calendars. Learn more about how the program works, what’s expected, and the rewards you’ll gain by being involved here: http://www.cherieblairfoundation.org/mentoring/ and go to this link to sign up. You’ll be matched with a protégée who is looking for the particular skills and experience you have to offer, and there will be training and support all along the way.
We look forward to a productive alliance with the Cherie Blair Foundation on this important initiative, and hope you’ll join in to make a difference!
An open forum was created aimed at representing the voices of people with disabilities and leading to important discussions about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and its sustainability. It was named "World We Want 2015” and had the general caption "Post- 2015 Global Thematic Consultation on addressing Inequalities, Co led by UNICEF and UN Women supported by the Governments of Denmark and Ghana”. Its focus was on people like you and I to participate and bring our views. The inclusion of all groups of people in the discussion is a great idea, worthy of emulation: having known that we are all in this MDG saga together and therefore achieving the same measurable global goals.
The biggest fear or concern is how many people with disabilities (PWDs) are brought around this table of discussion? Also, do these countries really have reasonable accommodation and accessible school environments so PWDs can start a school and continue to the graduate level? Do our learning and examinations methods suit the needs of PWDs? If they struggle to reach the pinnacle of life, does the society really see their productivity or still have its own prejudice? Women with disabilities have more painful obstacles because most employers think they cannot increase growth but rather bring complications such as maternity and child care; therefore, a huge social security department.
When do we fully include PWDs in our educational system in order to maximize our growth as a country, a nation, a continent, and a globe? There is still this fear because the decision making and the implementation power is in the hands of the "elected”.
by Maxine Westaway, TIAW Director of the Micro Credit Program
It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Hannah Sorscher March 20th from ALS. Hannah has been a truly invaluable contributor to TIAW's development in countless significant ways.
Hannah, a recipient of the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award in 2008, served as TIAW President 2004 and 2005 and prior to that as treasurer and secretary. Hannah was a passionate member of the Micro Development Program from its inception in 2000, serving as treasurer for many years and later as secretary until her battle with ALS made it impossible for her to continue. During her term as President, TIAW celebrated its 25th anniversary, published a 25th Anniversary History Book and raised the funds for 25 Village Banks as part of its Micro Development Program.
Hannah’s career in Citigroup led to senior roles in New York, Sydney, Tokyo, back to New York followed by London as Financial Controller for Europe, back to New York later capping her 30 year career as Chief Financial Officer for Citi Cards Canada in 2012.
Hannah first became involved with TIAW through Foreign Executive Women (FEW) in Tokyo, Japan and was led, by its connection, to also become a member in 1994 of another TIAW organization, the Financial Women's Association in New York.
Hannah's association with TIAW has been marked by her passion for the cause, her willingness to get involved, her great executive ability and energy.
An example of her fierce dedication and efficiency saw Hannah serving on the TIAW board while posted in London, often flying to North America to attend board meetings on a weekend. As the then secretary for TIAW she used her time on the long flights to prepare minutes so that they would be ready for the Board on her return to London.
In addition to her superhuman effort of donating her time and expertise so selflessly, Hannah and her husband Frank were strong financial supporters of TIAW over the years, including fully funding several Village Banks for women in developing countries.
Hannah participated in many TIAW International trips and conferences, always working hard to contribute all she could in time, energy and devotion to ensure they were a great success.
Hannah leaves her husband Frank along with
family members and her many friends around the world. We are all the better for having known Hannah
"Every successful woman inspires other women.”
Lisa Kaiser Hickey, President TIAW
Many of these women’s organizations have a mandate to educate women in the area of entrepreneurship, business development and growth for the purpose of economic empowerment. They fully understand that education offers the skills and knowledge needed to create life-long opportunities, opportunities that can change lives for the better. One of these organizations, Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE), has offered me as a business woman much support through their educational and growth programs.
Each year through NLOWE hundreds of women learn to take their single idea and change it into a viable business. It is the well defined education and growth programs offered by women dedicated to helping women that makes it happen. NLOWE along with its sister organizations throughout the world work tirelessly and many times behind the scenes to educate and grow business ideas into business actions, leading to successful economic ventures.
Education and growth come to us both formally and informally. The education I received from NLOWE was formal but much learning happened through informal discussions with other business women. To reflect Lisa Kaiser Hickey’s words, I was inspired greatly by the successful women I met along the way.
It is estimated that one out of three woman have a desire to be an entrepreneur. Chances are there are woman within your social or professional circle who dream of having their own business. You may not be in a position to offer or even suggest educational programs but you as a leader could be the inspiration they need for future success. Inspiration can be the driving force toward education and growth.
Who will you inspire in 2013?
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