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  • 16 Sep 2020 8:58 AM | Anonymous

    September is a very important month for TIAW. This week we have notified this year’s successful awardees for the WOD award. All successful recipients have now received a letter from TIAW and will probably be announcing their news to friends, families, and colleagues in due course. TIAW will also be announcing the winners by social media over the coming weeks, so look out for their names and details by accessing our social media accessed through our website. Any queries may be sent to admin@tiaw.org

    Please allow me to congratulate all our awardees and to thank them for their contribution to the empowerment of women.

    A Virtual Awards Forum will be held on the 2nd October 2020 where there will be a series of inspiring speakers from around the world and further acknowledgment of all our awardees. We welcome anyone interested in attending to register your interest in attending our Virtual Forum, by signing up for our newsletter at https://tiaw.org/news. More details of the event will be released shortly.

    You can also become part of or continuing mission to connect leading women’s organisations worldwide to leverage their reach and resources, creating a global community of economically empowered women by becoming a member, Go to https://www.tiaw.org/join to be part of a community of women focussed on funding and supporting women to start their own sustainable businesses by way of micro-credit, mentoring, recognition, and promotion.

    Diane Tompson

    President TIAW

  • 19 Aug 2020 12:39 AM | Anonymous

    In this month’s newsletter I am pleased to announce that we have made donations from TIAW’s microfinance funds to FINCA’s female entrepreneur program. We are confident that this will enable budding entrepreneurs to begin their entrepreneurial journey. The loan will allow these women to not only generate money for resources to support their business but to also ensure financial security for their families. TIAW has for many years been a vehicle to empower women and this year in particular, aiding and supporting women less fortunate than ourselves is vital to ensure the improvement of the quality of life for so many people on this small planet of ours. To make more of these donations a reality, it is important for many of our loyal supporters to donate money, so please either become a member of TIAW, or donate to our website to help us continue to help these women. https://www.tiaw.org/donate

    This month, we chose to donate our money to FINCA for their initiative to fund an Emergency Fund which is described as follows:

     “To combat the threat that COVID-19 poses to the lives and livelihoods of the extremely vulnerable populations that FINCA serves, we launched the FINCA Emergency Response Fund. The Fund will provide emergency relief to low-income communities and bridge support to early-stage social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic as well as open FINCA’s financial system for disaster response cash transfers.”

    FINCA Afghanistan’s women-only branch was featured in an article in a leading UK publication, The Telegraph, on how female economic empowerment will be crucial in Afghanistan’s recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

    TIAW’s funding has been donated to FINCA with the request to specifically target female entrepreneurs. Next month our plan is to use CUFA to reach women in the Asia Pacific region. More information to follow. Our aim is to make the impact as wide as possible.

    This month, our WOD (Women of Difference) judges will begin the task of reviewing the nominations. I want to thank the nominators for their support in recognising those who have so diligently made a commitment to empower women. With so many nominations received, the judges will have a difficult task ahead of them. The results will be announced and celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony to be held on the 3rd October 2020. More information will be made available to everyone in September. I look forward to sharing our virtual celebration to honour our recipients.

    This year is the 40th year of the founding of TIAW, a great milestone for any organisation and one which should be celebrated as an enormous achievement by many passionate and enthusiastic individuals. Amongst the supporters of TIAW and its board, there is a total commitment in ensuring that TIAW remains as vital as the day it was first established.

    Diane Tompson

    President TIAW

  • 30 Jun 2020 12:18 AM | Anonymous

    Each year, the TIAW World of Difference Awards recognize women and men who advance the economic empowerment of women, whether on a small scale in the developing world or by effecting change in the boardrooms of the business capitals of the world. In the 40 years since 2008 was founded, the TIAW World of Difference Awards have garnered worldwide attention for the high caliber of achievement and change leadership, demonstrated by its recipients throughout the world and by their growing impact. Each year the awards celebrate the inspiring, courageous, tenacious and creative achievements, of the extraordinary champions of women’s economic advancement.

    Now, you can be part of this important movement to honour and encourage women’s economic independence and power. When women flourish, families, communities and countries, flourish alongside them. Take a few minutes to nominate someone who you know has truly made a difference to the empowerment of women. Whether your candidate has a high profile or works anonymously, whether they move in power circles or small villages, whether their impact is local, regional or international, we would like you to tell us how your candidate has made a difference.

    Submitting a nomination form is easy. Just complete the form https://tiaw.org/wod-nominate on the TIAW website with details of your coordinates and those of your nominee by July 20, 2020.

    The TIAW World of Difference Awards are inspiring, motivating and uplifting. Add your voice to this international choir that is truly making all the difference in the world.

    Empower Women. Change the World.

  • 25 May 2018 3:05 AM | Anonymous

    March 2018 - Powering Potential: Increasing Women's Access to Financial Products and Services

    “Women’s financial inclusion” is defined as women having access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs as individuals, economic agents and entrepreneurs.

    This report from FWA President's Circle Sponsor BNY Mellon, a companion to BNY Mellon's original Return on Equality publication, shines a spotlight on the opportunity to realize gains — in both gender equality and market returns — by increasing women’s financial inclusion around the world. BNY Mellon's aim is to inspire financial services providers to design and market products and services that fuel women’s full economic participation, and to encourage investors to steer their capital toward such companies.


  • 25 May 2018 3:02 AM | Anonymous

    January 2017 - Return on Equality: Opportunities that Help Close the Gender Gap

    The potential economic and development gains from gender equality are vast and well-documented — and yet they are currently being bypassed. This joint report by FWA President's Circle sponsor BNY Mellon and the United Nations Foundation explores the market potential of advancing gender equality.

  • 27 Jul 2014 3:00 AM | Anonymous

    As a woman entrepreneur, one of my real pleasures is connecting, sharing and doing business with fellow women business owners and leaders. Every day, I see women economically, socially and politically challenged to achieve the same success and validation that comes so easily to many of our male counterparts. Creativity has proven critical in meeting those challenges. Alone, few of us can single-handedly solve or address everything, but by connecting with peers in organizations such as TIAW, integrating efforts and sharing ideas always leads to considerable creativity. An extra benefit of becoming focused on solution is the quick diminution of focusing on the problem.

    Many people tell me that they are not blessed with an ounce of creativity, and I wonder how they face problems. For leaders, there is no choice. We all get stymied from time to time. When this happens to me, I like to choose a card from Roger von Oech’s Creative Whack Pack, happily a new app available for your smartphone. Here’s a few of my favorite cards:

    • Take a whack at it. Get started. It ‘s as easy as listing three to five things you can do to test your idea and then acting on your list. A decision made is not at all the same thing as action taken.
    • Borrow ideas. Did you know that Cubist art was the inspiration for WWII camouflage patterns? Ideas that work successfully in one application can usually be adapted to other ones.
    • Get out of your box. The card lists the quote of journalist Robert Weider, who said “Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.”
    • Trust Yourself. The best ideas don’t always belong to someone else. Think about the experience we’ve probably shared of keeping quiet and hearing someone else say what we had been thinking and only wished we’d said first!
    • Do something to it. This is the way I do things all the time. Transform one thing into another by adding a little, subtracting a little, changing a little. Either you’ll wind up with a great new product or stimulate another idea entirely.

    Creativity matters. Use yours to inspire yourself and those you lead.

    Lisa Kaiser Hickey

  • 13 Jul 2014 2:56 AM | Anonymous

    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

  • 16 Jun 2014 2:55 AM | Anonymous

    I remember with fondness a dear friend who often said “what goes around comes around”, usually in response to something smart that I’d said to him, and his words always provoked a laugh because I knew he’d eventually exact revenge. I think his words aptly address the nature of our actions: when we do that which is good, it comes back to us and usually in greater volume than the original act, and unfortunately the reverse is also true.

    Many public organizations, including the United Nations, describe social responsibility as the “Triple Bottom Line” of people, planet and profits. In other words, businesses take responsibility for the impact that their actions or products exact on the environment (planet) or their community of stakeholders (people) while maintaining their ability to be a sustainable organization (profitable). Social responsibility is always tied to ethics, or how a business operates with regard to the prescriptive of law and in the absence of it (e.g. when social values are at issue). I believe there is a perfect correlation between socially responsible companies and economically viable companies.

    Milton Friedman wrote in 1970 that “there is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits…” Although I admire and respect Friedman’s work, this was a point with which I simply could not agree. So, I conducted my own poll on Facebook, and was not surprised that 100% of the respondents disagreed with Friedman. I do not have their reasons for disagreement, but I can give you mine. Consider the view of Peter Drucker, who argued that businesses do not exist to maximize profits but to minimize costs, “costs of doing business and costs of staying in business; costs of labor and raw materials, and costs of capital; costs of today’s jobs and costs of tomorrow’s job and tomorrow’s pensions”. Just as surely as we invest in raw materials and pay wages to create products, we also invest in our people and their well-being and by extension we invest in the sustainability of our communities. This is just good business. I like the way that the founder and CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, expressed this thought when he said “It is the function of company leadership to develop solutions that continually work for the common good.”

    Advancing social responsibility can change the world. The Micro Credit Program of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) has followed the Grameen Foundation ideology by funding Village Banks all over the world. The women who have received micro loans through these banks have a reported 98% repayment rate. Their economic empowerment is contributing to economic expansion in their villages. Women who learn and earn are less likely to live in poverty.

    There are very clear benefits of social responsibility to the business. For one, it is differentiating and can even result in preference by customers given equal prices or products from competitors. For another, it leads to an internal good will among employees that frequently ripples externally as these employees model similar behavior. It also builds a culture that is justifiably proud and recognized as doing the right thing.

    Leaders, your path is clear. Do that which is in the common good, and it will come back to you.

    Lisa Kaiser Hickey

  • 4 Jun 2014 2:52 AM | Anonymous

    Although women represent about half of the world’s talent, our talents are not enlisted in equal numbers. Our challenge is to build our own capacity for leadership, put ourselves forth as capable candidates for leadership, and educate the organizations seeking leaders to connect with us as a viable talent pool.

    At TIAW, our Women’s Leadership Network is bringing forth some excellent tools to help you develop and market your leadership potential.

    First, you can work on building capacity through TIAW’s partner project, the Global Women’s Leadership Summit, which is expected to be the world’s largest forum for professional women in the world. GWALS is a collaboration of the world’s pre-eminent leaders to forward the advancement of women on a global scale.

    Ready for the next step? TIAW makes it easy with live links on our web site to become qualified as a Global Board Ready Woman. Once qualified, you can enroll for free in AESC’s BlueSteps program, which helps you craft your resume and market your skills for the job or position you seek.

    Finally, learn what is happening around the world in leadership. TIAW membership brings you free subscriptions to Dialogue, a global publication for CEOs. We also bring you the benefit of an annual subscription to the international version of Enterprising Women. Just open your email and enjoy!

    Own the challenge to achieve your potential. We know you can!

    Lisa Kaiser Hickey

    President, TIAW

  • 28 May 2014 2:43 AM | Anonymous

    Seventy five years ago, the founder of Douglass Signs was an artist and creative spirit who thoroughly enjoyed figuring out any challenge. It was L.J. Douglass’ passion for solving problems for others that led him to react to literally every sign request with a “Can Do!” approach. When he was asked to mark gas water heaters, he learned how to make decalcomanias (water slide decals), which led to the formation of the screen printing division of the company. He employed a young artist to help him design the new line of decal products. Within a few years, that artist – my dad, Tom Kaiser – faced a choice between incorporating the screen printing division at L.J.’s retirement or losing his job. Although there were many things he did not know, he, like L.J., was resourceful, passionate, and determined to succeed.

    Do you love what you do? Think back to the times that you made choices about jobs, education, or volunteering. The choices that lasted were most likely those with which you engaged with passion. Perhaps you had a particular talent; perhaps you just really believed in the organization or subject as one of value. Whatever your initial reasons, the more you experienced success the more likely you were to also develop other passions and ultimately significance as a leader in that organization or subject.

    It was my dad who helped me find my passion. He knew that I was not happy in my first year of college, and urged me to think about what I really loved to do. Considering that, I decided to major in fine arts and switched schools accordingly. The switch gave me a chance to work with my dad, and I learned the commercial side of art and design – and figuring out anything – under his tutelage. Years later, as I became the third artist-owner of the company, I yearned to give back to the arts. First was a decision for all charitable contributions to go to the arts and exhibit leadership with community arts programs such as Swansation and Kaleidoscope. Next was a decision to begin a serigraphy (fine art screen print) collection at the Polk Museum of Art. Currently, Douglass Screen Printers helps underwrite Kids Tag Art, a program started by the Polk County Tax Collector’s Office enabling fifth grade students to design their own license tags and help raise arts monies for their schools. The program has since spread into multiple Florida counties.

    I believe my love for the arts stemmed originally from the joy that comes from creativity and expression. However, following this pursuit also forced me to continue to be a student. There was so much I did not know -- but had to know – in order to successfully run a business. As certain subjects were mastered, others arose that seemed equally urgent to know. Learning soon became a new passion. Realizing that one of the best ways to learn was to teach others, yet another passion emerged. I now find myself seeking every opportunity to use the things I have learned so that I can make a positive difference for others. I am not sure I would have made a choice when I was of college age to be a servant leader, but that is where my passions have led me.

    Do you live your passions? Consider what you love to do and how it fits with your talents. Are there things you need to learn to be more successful, and do you know where to start to get the education you need? One of the best ways to learn about success is from someone who is exactly that, and can act as a role model to you. Once you’ve connected thought and consideration to your passion, set lofty goals that keep you motivated. Apply discipline and single-mindedness in pursuit of these goals, but always be open to other opportunities along the journey. Give of yourself when you can, and it will return to you ten-fold.

    One of my favorite sayings is a small poem by Rabindranath Tagore, who deftly expresses the concept of servant leadership with these words: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy, I awoke and saw that life was service, and behold, I discovered that service was joy”.

    It is my joy to serve the world’s women through the work of TIAW. I promise if you look for your passion, and you will find your joy. If you’d like to learn more about servant leadership, investigate the life work of Robert Greenleaf.

    Lisa Kaiser Hickey

    President, TIAW

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