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Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2015, TIAW was founded in 1980 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as the National Alliance of Professional and Executive Women’s Networks, and grew from a small, but passionate group in the USA to a worldwide organization group of professional women who united to support the economic empowerment and advancement of women. You may also read about one of TIAW founders, Marian "Mandy” Goetze, here.

TIAW is now fully international, representing women and networks from all continents. As past president Hannah Sorscher said, "TIAW members are women who not only want to be inspired and connected through TIAW, but also want an opportunity to give back.” TIAW’s programs are all designed to achieve a greater global good through economic empowerment for women. Many international trips and friends later, TIAW continues to exercise leadership in building a global community of empowered women.

Past Presidents of TIAW


Deanne C. Laycock 1980-1983
Parkville, Maryland; USA

Judy Schunn 1984-1985
Miromar Lakes, Florida; USA

Nancy Ford 1986-1987

Lorri Pitchell Christopher 1988 – 1989
Norcross, Georgia; USA

Myra Leigh Tobin 1990-1991
New York City, New York; USA

Emily Neece 1992-1993
Fairport, New York; USA

Marsha A. Cohen 1993 and 1995
Washington, DC; USA

Marney Needle 1994-1995
Gulf Breeze, Florida; USA

Evin Willman 1996-1997
Jacksonville, Florida; USA

Kay Leaumont 1998-1999
Duluth, Georgia; USA

Donna M. Heivilin 2000-2001
Arlington, Virginia; USA

Maxine Westaway 2002-2003
Markham, Ontario; CANADA

Hannah Sorscher 2004-2005

Barbara (Bobbie) Gohn 2006

Stephanie MacKendrick 2007-2008
Toronto, Ontario; CANADA

Diane Morris 2009-2010
London, England; UNITED KINGDOM

Sherry Fotheringham Gysler 2011-2012
Toronto, Ontario; CANADA

Lisa Kaiser Hickey 2013-2014
Lakeland, Florida, USA

Margaret (Peg) Weir 2015-2016
Alexandria, Virginia, USA






About Us

Who are We?

The International Alliance for Women is organized as a 501(c)3 foundation in the USA. We are a global community of economically empowered women across all continents that welcome you to our members’ cities and countries, connecting you with their networks of business and community professionals.

What's our Purpose?

The International Alliance for Women connects leading women’s organizations worldwide to leverage their reach and resources, creating a global community of economically empowered women.

Through our Global Programs we seek to make a difference in the world for those women who are not empowered economically.