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lifetime achievement award recipients

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.

Listed below are TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: 2013 - present.

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  • 8 Oct 2008 6:28 AM | Anonymous

    There are women throughout the world whose actions, efforts and inspiration truly do make a "World of Difference" in supporting the advancement of women. These are women who look to the world stage to make change, who show courage and determination in making a positive impact on the economic empowerment of women.

    TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes each year the extraordinary achievements of one powerful woman and affirms the power within every individual to make all the difference in the world in the betterment of women.

    This year's winner is a truly exceptional woman - a high-impact change agent who has made a significant international impact through a range of activities, all with her signature traits of determination, intelligence and grace.

    A graduate of American University of Beirut and Oxford University, Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani is an economist by training and is fluent in five languages. In 2001, she created The Arab International Women's Forum, a unique non-profit organization based in London to link Arab business and professional women in the 22 Arab countries with each other and with their counterparts in the international community. AIWF is the business voice of Arab women, breaking stereotypical images and creating greater public awareness of their success and prospects internationally.

    It is this crucial element of connecting at a high, strategic level many different spheres of influence that has particularly distinguished the work of Mrs. Al Kaylani and her organization.

    In addition to founding and acting as chairman of the AIWF, Mrs. Al Kaylani is Vice President of the Women's Leadership Board of Harvard University. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Suzanne Mubarak Women's International Peace Movement, the Khalil Gibran Chair at the University of Maryland, the Middle East Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and the Tanaka Business School at the Imperial College, London. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Edutrust Foundation.

    In 2006, Mrs. Al Kaylani was named by Women's eNews of New York, one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century and in February 2007, she was named one of the Muslim Power 100 Leaders in the United Kingdom, receiving the Education Excellence Award.

  • 8 Oct 2007 6:28 AM | Anonymous

    Dr. Riane Eisler is an eminent social scientist, macro-historian attorney, and activist for human rights, peace and the environment. Author of the international bestseller The Chalice and The Blade, now in 22 languages, Dr. Eisler is recognized worldwide as a leading expert on the link between economic and business policies and the quality of our daily lives. She has, for many years, lent a strong voice to the global issues that impact women, stressing that the greatest problems of our time-poverty, inequality, war, terrorism, and environmental degradation, among them-can be traced to flawed economic systems that fail to value and support the most essential human work: caring for people and the planet. In her new book, The Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, she provides the world with a blueprint for a more humane and effective economic system. Dr. Riane Eisler is truly a woman who through her actions, efforts and inspiration makes a "World of Difference" for the advancement of women.

  • 8 Oct 2006 6:27 AM | Anonymous

    Laura Liswood, Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders has made a difference locally, nationally and a major difference to women around the world. From 1992-1996 as director of the Women’s Leadership Project at Harvard, Laura identified global leadership contributions by women heads of state. She traveled the world and interviewed 15 current and former women presidents and prime ministers, which is chronicled in her book and video documentary, Women World Leaders. Her quest was to find out what it would take for a woman to become President of the United States.

    In August, 1996 Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdis Finnbogadóttir of Iceland, with the secretariat at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and more recently at The Aspen Institute in Washington DC

    Laura remains Secretary General of the Council, which is composed of women presidents, prime ministers, and heads of government. The work of the Council expands the understanding of leadership, establishes a network of resources for high-level women leaders, and provides a forum for the group to contribute input and shape the international issues important to all people.

    Laura has worked for many years to change the cultural message in the United States about women as leaders. In 1997 Laura co-founded The White House Project, dedicated to electing a woman President in the United States. Obviously we still have a way to go with this one.

    Over the years Laura has served in many important roles including CEO/President of the American Society for Training and Development. In 2001 Laura was named Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldmann Sachs. "On behalf of The International Alliance for Women it gives me great pleasure to present this, the 2006 TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award”.

  • 8 Oct 2005 6:24 AM | Anonymous

    Sally Armstrong is a Human Rights Activist, an Amnesty International award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, documentary filmmaker, teacher, author, and a contributing editor at Maclean’s magazine.

    Regularly receiving standing ovations, Sally Armstrong is a powerful and engaging speaker whose far-ranging career has given her a foundation for her message, which is inspirational for people in every walk of life.

    Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her awards, including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards foundation and the Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. She received the Amnesty International Media Award in 2000 and again in 2002. Her most recent documentary works include They Fell From the Sky, and The Daughters of Afghanistan. Her book Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan was published by Penguin Books.

    Sally Armstrong is also the author of The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor; Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women; and her most recent title, Ascent of Women: Our turn, Our Way: A Remarkable Story of World-Wide Change.

  • 8 Oct 2004 6:24 AM | Anonymous

    Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997) and more recently United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. Born Mary Bourke in Ballina, County Mayo (1944), the daughter of two physicians, she was educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), King’s Inns Dublin and Harvard Law School to which she won a fellowship in 1967.

  • 8 Oct 2003 6:23 AM | Anonymous

    Andrina Lever, a lawyer by training, is the founder and president of Lever Enterprises and acts as an advisor to major financial institutions and governments with respect to small business. She played a pivotal role in the organization of the first Canadian Businesswomen's Trade Mission to Washington DC in 1997. Andrina served as the Executive Director for the first Canada/USA Trade Summit for Businesswomen, another very important initiative.

    One of the founders of Women Leaders Network (WLN) that is part of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC), involving governments of 21 countries. WLN was created as a means for women to impact the policies of these governments as they relate to women in Science & Academia, Government, Civil Society and Private Enterprise.

    In addition, Andrina has directly helped raise funds for the women of various countries to ensure they could hold WLN conferences when their turn came to host these important meetings.

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