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There are women throughout the world whose actions, efforts and inspiration truly do make a "World of Difference" in supporting the advancement of women. Whether it is a small village project in a developing country that has ripple effects throughout the community, or an event or initiative on a global scale, the TIAW World of Difference Award recognizes the power within every individual to change the world we live in for the betterment of women.

Each year, TIAW bestows the TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual TIAW Global Forum to recognize one woman who has truly made a difference in the lives of women.

The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) is delighted to announce the 2023 World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award recipient - Barbara Mowat.

Barbara is President & Founder of GroYourBiz Ltd. and Impact Communications Ltd., a multi- faceted consulting company that features management training and consulting, and international product, business, and market development for the global marketplace. Barbara is a trade and international business development specialist, who has helped tens of thousands of businesses over the past 35 years.

She created the well-respected Uniquely Programs, that assisted 12,000 Canadian entrepreneurs access increased markets; created and owned a national magazine (Home Business Report), a retail store (Uniquely Canada) and an e- commerce site. She is an international leader in the development of SME enterprises, and her work has assisted entrepreneurs and facilitated trade throughout Canada, South East Asia, USA, South America, Europe, Afghanistan, India and Africa. She also created and produces the EXCELerate conferences, which initiated the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge, where GroYourBiz™ is a partner/sponsor.

Barbara has been broadly recognized for her significant contributions and numerous achievements, including:

  • ·       2014 Champion of Change Award presented by WPO Vancouver Chapters and GroYourBiz
  • ·       2013     Vancouver’s YWCA Women of Distinction Connecting the Community Award
  • ·       2011     Recipient of the TIAW Global World of Difference Awards for the advancement of women’s economic and social empowerment
  • ·       2011     PWN (Professional Women’s Network) 15th Anniversary celebrating “most dedicated supporters of women in business”
  • ·       2011     Order of Abbotsford
  • ·       2010     Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case recognizing outstanding individuals who have helped to advance equality for women and girls in Canada
  • ·       2010     Ambassador Award for WBE Canada
  • ·       2009     Global EXEC Women’s Canadian International Women of Influence Awards™ for Emerging/Growth Company
  • ·       1994     Nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurship Awards in the category of “Supporter to Entrepreneurship”
  • ·       1993     Winner of the Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Impact on the Local Economy
  • ·       1992     Awarded the Commemorative medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation

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