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mandy goetze 21st century: award recipients

  • 1 Oct 2023 4:23 PM | Donna Meredith (Administrator)

    Diane Tompson is co-owner of three companies based in Tasmania. Powercom Consultants Pty Ltd, Novaris Pty Ltd, and Powercom Systems Pty Ltd. She is a founding director and co-owner of Novaris Technologies Malaysia.

    Diane’s passion is in the development and empowerment of businesswomen. She was the first Australian to become the President of TIAW, taking up that role from 2019 until 2020. Diane is still a member of TIAW’s board of directors and a Vice President. She has been appointed as a Vice President for the Pacific and Asian regions for FCEM, (Les Femmes Chefs d'Entreprise Mondiales).Diane is also a past National President of Women Chiefs of Enterprises (International) Pty Ltd {WCEI} and a current member of its board. All these organizations place her in a unique position for encouraging and helping other entrepreneurs to reach their full potential and to benefit emerging economies in the empowerment of their women. 

    Diane participated in the IORA Women Leaders Network from 2015-2018 as Australia’s representative, where she became involved in formulating a mentoring program for the businesswomen of the Indian Ocean Islands. 

    In 2005, she received the honour of being acknowledged as Tasmania’s, Telstra Businesswoman of the Year and in 2009, Diane became the first woman to receive the Gold Medal Award from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2011, she was a recipient of an IWEC award (the International Woman Entrepreneurial Challenge Award) and in 2014, Diane received a TIAW “Woman of Difference Award”. Finally, in 2015, Diane received an “Outstanding leadership Award” from the Women’s Leadership Congress held in Mumbai.

  • 30 Oct 2022 3:23 PM | Amanda Fitzgerald (Administrator)

    Pam is a versatile leader, with 30 years of experience in domestic and international law enforcement management and operations. From 1978 to 2007, she was a US federal criminal investigator. She spent most of her career with the legacy United States Customs Service and concluded her career as the Special Agent in Charge for the Office of Investigations, Office of Inspector General, US Department of State. Throughout her career, she has advocated for the advancement of women and mentored many.

    As the Customs representative to the Interagency Committee on Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE), she represented the women of Customs in fora impacting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in federal law enforcement.

    During her tenure as Assistant Customs Attaché, in Tokyo, Japan, Pam was a board member of Foreign Executive Woman (FEW) in Japan from 1995-1997. FEW is a multinational organization of over 200 foreign women working in Japan. She directed a multinational staff of 50 women over an eight-month period to present FEW’s Career Strategies Seminar to equip attendees to successfully compete in Japan’s job market. It was through FEW, she met Diane Morris, past president for FEW and TIAW.  Beginning in 2008, with Diane’s encouragement, Pam has held key TIAW board and committee member positions.  In more recent years, Pam has focused on the Awards and Microcredit programs.

    She continues to be a global citizen with her work as the co-chair of the TIAW World of Difference Awards, as the Chair of World Affairs Roundtable in Fairhope, Alabama, and as a volunteer with the Gulf Coast Citizens Diplomacy Council.

    In this “third phase of life” she is developing a new career as a milliner. In 2023, Pam plans to formally launch her millinery business, making bespoke ladies’ hats as “The Musing Milliner.”

    Pam resides on the gulf coast of Alabama with her husband Mike Turner. They are avid boaters, travelers, and ballroom dancers.

  • 24 Mar 2022 11:32 PM | Anonymous

    The Mandy Goetze Award, named for the founder of TIAW, is bestowed on women who have made significant contribution to TIAW.

    Sherry Gysler

    Sherry spent more than 20 years at the Royal Bank of Canada.

    During 1994-97, she created the foundational strategy for the bank’s national program for Canadian women entrepreneurs, and implemented a number of initiatives including championing funding to the first nationwide television documentary on women entrepreneurs; sponsorship of Canada's first national women's business association; support for the Women Entrepreneurs of Canada international conference; support for the first trade mission for women entrepreneurs to the USA held at the Canadian embassy in Washington; as well as support for other businesswomen's associations and initiatives.

    She also initiated the first national gender training program, educating

    bankers on how to attract and retain women business owners. Within the bank, Sherry started a network of advocates across Canada to champion women and their businesses.

    In 2008 she was also a recipient of the inaugural TIAW Women World of Difference Award for her advancement of the economic empowerment of women in the corporate category. 

    After leaving banking she joined the TIAW board as Director and then served as President for 3 years where she was successful in securing the Canadian Embassy in Washington which hosted the TIAW World of Difference Awards and conference. Sherry also represented TIAW at the UN Women Conference: Women's Economic Empowerment in Ottawa, Canada.

    She continues her involvement today in an advisory capacity.

  • 29 Sep 2020 1:11 AM | Anonymous


    The International Alliance for Women announces the 2020 Mandy Goetze Award recipient – Stephanie MacKendrick. 

    TIAW bestows the annual TIAW Mandy Goetze Award to a TIAW member who has made an outstanding contribution to TIAW, whether it is a long-standing effort or an exceptional achievement in a specific timeframe. MacKendrick has supported TIAW for many years in several roles, but most notably for her outstanding leadership in introducing the World of Difference awards and for continuing to co-chair the Awards Committee until last year.   MacKendrick will receive the award at the 2020 virtual forum where TIAW will also celebrate 40 Years of Empowering Women.

    Stephanie MacKendrick

    Stephanie MacKendrick is the CEO of Crisis Services Canada, a not-for-profit organization that created Canada’s national suicide prevention helpline. Stephanie currently sits as Vice- Chair of the Board for Samara Canada, a charitable organization promoting citizen engagement in politics and public life. In June 2020 her book, In Good Hands: Remarkable Female Politicians from Around the World Who Showed Up, Spoke Out and Made Change, was published.

    Stephanie’s career has spanned journalism, corporate communications and not for profit leadership. After 16 years as President of Canadian Women in Communications at forefront of women’s career advancement, Stephanie ran a consulting and coaching practice combining career transition coaching and gender diversity strategies for corporations. Stephanie has received numerous awards; WXN’s Most Powerful Women: Canada’s Top 100 in 2005 and 2012, Canada’s Telecom Hall of Fame (Advocate) for promoting women’s advancement, the Innoversity Angel Award for promoting diversity, 2012 Women of Influence Diversity Champion and in 2010 was admitted to the freedom of the City of London (UK). 

    In 2008 she founded/co-founded the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award which has recognized close to 500 recipients from more than 80 countries since it was created in 2008. She continued to support the awards as the Awards Committee co-chair until 2018 and remains actively involved as a member of the Awards Judging Committee.  MacKendrick, honorary past president, currently serves on the TIAW Advisory Group which provides guidance to the TIAW leadership upon request.

  • 25 Nov 2019 7:46 AM | Anonymous

    Peg, a lifetime member of TIAW, is a past President (2014-2016), former Chair of the 2015, 2013, 2012 Global Forum Planning Committee and previously the Vice President, Finance & Treasurer. In 2019, Peg assumed the role of TIAW World of Difference Awards Co-Chair and the TIAW Advisory Group. She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA), which is TIAW’s charter member. In 2010, Peg received the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award.

    Peg is passionate about advancing economic empowerment for women, especially through education, mentoring and microcredit activities. She is a past President of Executive Women in Government (EWG) and lifetime member, where she established a Mentor-Protégé Program and Corporate Sponsorship Advisory Board. She is the Scholarship Program Chair for the Professional Women of Winston Salem (PWWS). She has been a long-time active member of several organizations including Women’s Foreign Policy Group (WFPG), Women in Logistics and Delivery Services (WILDS), and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). She is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce.

    With over 30 years of executive leadership experience in the public and private sectors, both domestic and international, she has found great success, using her results- oriented leadership style, in the areas of global business development, strategic planning, operations, finance, risk management and program management. In her last position, as the US Postal Service, Global Business Development, Executive Director, Weir was responsible for a $2.5 billion revenue budget, developed a 5-year strategic plan focusing on increasing revenues, launched new products and services primarily in e-commerce and completed several bilateral agreements with foreign posts, particularly in the Asia-Pacific area.

    Peg holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA from Siena College. She has completed several doctoral courses in management with Walden University. For over 10 years, Peg was an adjunct professor with Syracuse University in the iSchool, teaching IT Capital Planning in the Information Management graduate program.

    Peg is an avid traveller where she often connects with TIAW friends and resides in Winston Salem, NC.

  • 7 Oct 2015 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    TIAW is pleased to announce that Diane Morris has been named the 2015 recipient of the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award.

    A graduate of the London School of Economics for whom she was the inaugural Chair of the Female Alumni Network, Diane has a marketing background, originally working in consumer magazines and advertising for IPC Women’s Magazines and Gillette in the UK, moving into international business media with BBC World, TIME and Fortune Magazine during the ten years she spent in Asia. She moved into conferences with DNMstrategies who were the producers and managers of the BusinessWeek conferences in Asia. Her experience of working in Africa, USA, and Asia has recently led to an invitation to become a tutor in International Marketing with the Institute of Export and International Trade.

    Since returning to London, she has been granted the Freedom of the City of London, and is a Court Assistant and the Fellowship Chairman of The Worshipful Company of Marketors, and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of World Traders. These Liveries are highly influential in the City of London.

    In parallel to her career, Diane has been very active in women’s networks, as President of Foreign Executive Women (FEW Tokyo) joining TIAW in 1994, and Programme Director of PrimeTime Business and Professional Women’s Association (Singapore). She moved back to London in 2001, joining City Women Network (CWN) on the recommendation of TIAW. She was responsible for the TIAW programme in London in 2003, successfully promoting its Women on Boards' programme to become part of the UK Government’s policy to encourage women into the boardroom. She is a Past President of CWN, and also a Past President of TIAW, 2008 -2010. She is a co founder of the TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards, and serves on TIAW’s Finance and Board Nomination Committees.

    She is also the Chairman of the Judging Panel for the European Union Women Inventors and Innovators Awards and a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation.

  • 7 Oct 2013 7:51 AM | Anonymous

    TIAW is pleased to announce that Maxine Westaway has been named the 2013 recipient of the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award.

    If there is a role to play at TIAW, chances are Maxine Westaway has been involved. For more than 15 years, she has undertaken a succession of roles, from TIAW member to board member, founding member of the TIAW Microcredit initiative, instigator and leader of trade missions, organizer and participant in TIAW International Trips to Bulgaria, Chile and Hong Kong, many Microcredit Donor Trips, TIAW Global Forum champion and organizer, President of the Board, Executive Director and head of Membership. Despite Maxine’s retirement last year she continues to be a very active supporter of TIAW and was recently appointed as the Director of the Micro Program where she continues to build on this flagship program.

    Everything Maxine does, she does with no less than a 100% effort. She has tirelessly championed TIAW since the mid 1990s when she first became involved and in her many roles since then has been unflagging in her support and passion for the organization.

    Based in Toronto, Canada, Maxine became involved in TIAW when she was promoting export business from Canada to China through a business she ran with her husband Allan – himself a stalwart TIAW Champion and recipient of the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award. Once she became a member, it wasn’t long until she began having a major impact on the organization, starting with her involvement in the organizing of the 1996 Global Forum which was held in Toronto that year.

    "There truly couldn’t be anyone more central to the development of TIAW for over a decade than Maxine Westaway,” said Lisa Kaiser Hickey, President of the Board of TIAW. "She has been tireless in her efforts on behalf of the organization and we are deeply grateful for her involvement in so many different aspects of the organization.”

  • 7 Oct 2012 7:48 AM | Anonymous

    Evelyn Brown has dedicated her life to serving others, both domestically and overseas, and she has a passion for helping others. She has long been involved in public service, with a career in government that spanned more than 40 years. Evelyn got her first taste of working in the international arena while working as Director of Accounting at the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As such, her responsibilities included financial management of both domestic and overseas operations that supported 75 domestic and 126 overseas offices co-located with the U.S. Department of State, in support of U.S. trade and related activities.

    One of her first encounters with the less than optimum conditions often experienced by women was during a trip to Namibia and South Africa she took with her sister. Evelyn recalls a group of small school children brought into their hotel to dance for the guests, for donations. Their knees and legs were scarred from practicing on concrete; their little skirts were poorly hand stitched; their shoes were twisted over. But the most memorable part of their performance was the pride and determination on their faces, resulting from their desire to perfect their performance and to change the course of their lives. She clearly remembers the pride and gratitude on the faces of the children when given a donation to help them continue their performances. When Evelyn returned home, she asked her sister about her involvement in The International Alliance for Women (TIAW). Her sister explained the mission and vision of the organization, its programs, and its activities and she told her sister that she wanted to help.

    Thus began Evelyn’s affiliation with TIAW. Since joining the TIAW Board, she has participated in discussions and planning for the TIAW programs and worked to raise funds for the organization, from selling TIAW micro pins and empowerment pins to actively spreading the word about the good works of the organization to soliciting donations from others, as well as personally donating funds. Evelyn attended her first TIAW international conference in Bulgaria in 2005 and has continued to attend subsequent TIAW conferences in Jacksonville, FL, Atlanta, GA, Palms Springs, CA, Toronto, Canada, and Washington, D.C. It was at the conference in Jacksonville, Florida celebrating the 25th anniversary of TIAW that Evelyn was asked by Donna Heivilin, past president of TIAW, if she would consider becoming the treasurer for two years. That two-year commitment as treasurer has lasted six years. During that time Evelyn has always generously provided her expertise and advice to three TIAW presidents along with the staff at TIAW headquarters

    When Evelyn learned of the TIAW Microenterprise Development Program, it immediately captured her heart. She reviewed the reports/videos of the women and their families and saw the difference that the small micro loans made in their lives. Evelyn, her sister, and a friend co-sponsored a village bank in Uganda, and she has continued to contribute time and resources over the years in support of TIAW and its programs.

    Evelyn has found the donor trips associated with the micro-enterprise program a unique experience. Evelyn has traveled to Ghana with Virginia Robinson where they met with the TIAW Micro Finance Institution partner there and saw firsthand the women in action repaying their loans and depositing funds into their savings accounts. She visited one of TIAW’s village banks in Mexico and recently traveled to Haiti with the Micro Program Chief Financial Officer to meet with a micro finance partner with whom TIAW will be working to help the women of Haiti, a first for TIAW presence in the Caribbean.

    Evelyn is the current national president of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), an association that supports the careers and professional development of government finance professionals working in federal, state and local governments as well as the private sector and academia and in the international arena. She is a past national treasurer of AGA, past AGA Chapter President of the Washington DC Chapter and ended her second term in 2011as an AGA Regional Coordinator for Chapter Development and Assistance for the Capital Region, helping to develop and mentor newly formed and ailing chapters needing assistance. She has served on the National Executive Committee and numerous other committees in AGA. Evelyn continues to serves as a mentor for the Capital Region in the organization to help develop future leaders that will help support and continue the legacy of an organization founded in 1950 and still thrives today.

    Her community service activities include a 14-year stint with the IRS' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. She also served as an instructor and counselor for the Department of Commerce’s Small Business Development Program assisting minority businesses in the DC area. She has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, Atlanta, and San Diego and is currently active in the mentoring and Early Careers Program for the Capital Region.

    Evelyn continues to be active in Executive Women in Government (EWG), a TIAW member network, and will always provide her strong, greatly valued support for TIAW.

  • 7 Oct 2011 7:47 AM | Anonymous

    We are delighted to announce Margie Armen as the recipient of the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award for 2011. Margie is well known in TIAW for her many years of dedication and service, including her board service as Secretary 2003-2005 and as Parliamentarian and Legal Advisor 2005-2008. Margie has also been a devoted, hard working member of the Microenterprise Development Program since 2000 serving as legal advisor. Now that this important program is once again being run solely by volunteers, Margie never hesitated to volunteer to take on the role of Chief Operating Officer of the program to oversee its day-to-day operations.

    Margie is always ready to provide any additional help TIAW may ask of her including to help organize the 2010 Global Cities event in Washington, DC. Margie has participated in a number of TIAW Donor Trip for the Micro Program to visit countries and women receiving micro loans from the TIAW program.

    In her professional life Margie spent over 28 years in the office of General Counsel of the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) and retired in 2006 as Deputy Assistant General Counsel.

    Margie is passionate about volunteering to make a difference. Margie helped found Capital Area Women, a women's self development and support group and was its Treasurer from 2002-05. She served on the Board of the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis (AABPA) for 15 years as General Counsel and she was AABPA President in 1994. She was President of Public Financial Publications, Inc. (publishers of the Journal, Public Budgeting and Finance) from 2002-07, capping 20 years of service on that Board. Margie joined Executive Women in Government in 1998, and she served as EWG Vice President in 2002-03.

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