It’s been a busy few months at TIAW!
With COVID-19 held mostly at bay in Australia, we were fortunate enough to have the first of our revitalised Global Cities events on a sunlit day in Sydney on International Women’s Day. We were even more fortunate to have the support of an amazing partner – Alteris Women, an outstanding initiative by the Alteris Financial Group.
The initiative was the ‘brainchild’ of Alteris’ CEO, Keith Jones, but it has been developed and is now owned by the women who work at Alteris. The women at Alteris have created a community to support other women with the knowledge to be in control of their financial life in a way that aligns with their lifecycles, needs, and what they value most. As a partner for TIAW, they could not be more aligned with our mission and vision. As Lisa Fuentes, head of Corporate Services at Alteris stated, the organisation has empowered her professional, personal, and financial journey – and is now seeking to extend that opportunity to other women in the community. Their generous support of this event made it possible for us raise more than USD1500.00. That money will be distributed by CUFA (our Microcredit partner in Asia) and will support financial education for women entrepreneurs in the region. We cannot thank the women (and men) of Alteris enough for their support.
As the pandemic rolls into its second year, we know that it has, and will continue to have, a disproportionately large effect on women – socially, psychologically, and of course financially. Each year TIAW recognises up to 100 men and women whose work supports the financial empowerment of women in their community, and around the world. The World of Difference Awards are now open, and we would love to hear the stories of those women and men that are working to build a better future for women – which, as we know builds stronger families, communities and nations. Go to The International Alliance for Women - WOD: Nominate and tell us about them so we can shine a light on their stories. Nominations close June 30, 2021
While we hope that the horizon in some part of the world is lightening as vaccines rollout, we cannot forget that in much of the world, the pandemic rages on. On a personal level, the world of TIAW is a little darker due to the loss of one of our invaluable ‘Old Girls’. From Lisa Mezzetti of The Old Girls Club:
‘The Old Girls Club has lost one of our leaders, our mentor, our best example of Southern grace and charm, and a friend to all of us: Myra Leigh Tobin…she had been ill for some time.
Myra was a leader of corporate women for more than 50 years. As one of the first women in the commercial insurance industry and throughout her career, all with Marsh & McLennan, she marked a long series of firsts: the first woman hired with an M.B.A. (1970); first woman managing director (1982); first woman named to be National Services Officer for Casualty, a global position; first Head – of any gender -- of the Chemical/Pharmaceutical Insurance Committee world-wide (her position at retirement).
She was a role model and mentor for women in a male-dominated industry and made sure to promote those women into managerial positions’.
Vale Myra and thank you.
Stay safe and be well.
Empowering Women; Changing the World