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  • 12 Nov 2021 1:39 AM | Anonymous

    Once again, we are proud to recognise outstanding women and men from around the world, whose contribution to the economic empowerment of women is significant, ongoing, and heartfelt. In addition, we are delighted to recognise two outstanding women whose contributions demand special recognition:

    • ·        Irene Natividad – 2021 TIAW Lifetime Achievement Awardee; and,
    • ·        Sherry Gysler – 2021 TIAW Mandy Goetze  21st Century Awardee.

    Our World of Difference Virtual Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on Zoom on November 19 and 20, 2021.  Please Join Us!



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  • 2 Nov 2021 11:12 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Member Associations, Members and Friends of TIAW,

    You are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Members of the International Alliance of Women, to be held at 8:00 am Australian Eastern Standard Time, Saturday, Nov 06th, 2021.

    A copy of all relevant documents will be supplied upon request to admin@tiaw.org which will include the President’s Report on all activities for the past two years.

    The purposes of the meeting are as follows:

    • 1.      To acknowledge actual notice and to waive the requirement of 30 days’ notice of Annual General Meeting of Members
    • 2.       To elect or reconfirm Directors for 2021 and 2022 as appropriate.
    • 3.      To ratify actions taken by the officers and Board of Directors since the last annual meeting and to release their liability
    • 4.      To transact any other business that may lawfully come before the meeting.

    Member associations (one vote each) will vote on items as indicated above. The proxy will be used only if a designated voting representative of the member association is not in attendance.

    Members may attend by Zoom – see below.

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    Schedule:  November 05, 2021 (See below for times in zones) (November 06, 2021,       at 8:00 AM AEST)
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  • 30 Jul 2021 7:43 PM | Anonymous

    I was asked earlier this week why I was so passionate about the work of TIAW – why does this work matter when there is so much in the world that needs ‘work’.

    My answer?

    • ·       It is good for women.
      • Women’s financial empowerment is central to realizing women’s rights and gender equality. Financially empowered women have greater access to and control over productive resources, decent work, and broader control over their own time, lives, and bodies.
    • ·       It is good for businesses and communities.
      • Organisations greatly benefit from increasing employment and leadership opportunities for women generally showing increased organizational effectiveness and growth. Communities flourish when women flourish.
    • ·       It is good for the world.
      • When more women are paid to work, economies grow. Women’s financial empowerment boosts productivity, increases economic diversification and income equality in addition to other positive development outcomes

    Each year TIAW recognises up to 100 women (and men)  whose work supports the financial empowerment of women in their community, and around the world. The World of Difference Awards tells  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 (tiaw.org) and tell us about them so we can shine a light on their stories. Nominations close this weekend – don’t miss out on the chance to celebrate someone!

    I am very sorry to again report sad news: Candace Straight, a long-term member of TIAW and of The Old Girls Club since its inception, passed away in June.  Candy spent decades working to elect women to government positions and supporting the education and advancement of women.  As one friend stated: she “absolutely believed in moving the needle for women  She truly was an inspiration and will be sorely missed. 

    Inspiring people and words have been very much on my mind as we move through the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic - where we have seen the world both move closer and also draw further apart under the pressures of this global challenge. In particular, I keep thinking of an African proverb: ‘If you want to go fast, travel alone; if you want to go far, travel together.

    We have a long way to travel and much work to do. Why not join us on the TIAW journey by becoming a member? Go to www.tiaw.org to find out more.

    Stay safe and be well.

    Donna Meredith

    Empowering Women; Changing the World

  • 25 May 2021 7:42 PM | Anonymous

    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.

    Donna Meredith

    Empowering Women; Changing the World

  • 22 Mar 2021 7:40 PM | Anonymous

    The TIAW World of Difference Awards recognize women, and men, whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally or worldwide. Economic empowerment means contributing to the ability of women to earn a living or in some way directly contributing to the economic betterment of other women, as distinct from other worthy contributions that are not within the scope of these awards.

    We are pleased to announce that the 2021 World of Difference Awards applications are now open and we invite you to nominate eligible candidates. They may be working on a small scale in the developing world or making an impact at the topic of the world’s biggest businesses – and whether they are well- known or an unsung heroine or hero, we want you to tell us your candidate’s story. Tell us about their extraordinary achievements and efforts in furthering the economic empowerment of women.

    Please note that individuals cannot nominate themselves.

    Award categories:

    • For individual women include: Community, Corporate, Education, Entrepreneurship, Non-Profit/NGO, Public Service/Government;
    • For individual men: Champions for Women’s Economic Empowerment;
    • For organizations: Corporate Initiatives for Women’s Economic Empowerment.

    For more details, see category descriptions within the nomination form.

    Nominations are now open and will close on April 30th, 2021.

    The 2021 award recipients will be celebrated at a global virtual event October 6, 2021 (details to follow).

    Nominate your candidate today!

  • 12 Mar 2021 7:38 PM | Anonymous

    This week we celebrate International Women’s Day around the world – and at TIAW we particularly celebrate one of our own extraordinary women. The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada has announced that TIAW Board Member, Narmin Ismail, has been awarded a Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division). The Meritorious Service Decorations are among the highest Canadian distinctions that can be awarded.

    The Meritorious Service Decorations recognize individuals who have performed a deed or an activity in a highly professional manner, or at a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to Canada. Such actions can range from advocacy initiatives and health care services to humanitarian efforts and contributions to the arts.

    Narmin has been recognised for establishing the Spark of Hope Foundation to provide university scholarships to young women from disadvantaged countries. As Founder of the Spark of Hope Foundation, Narmin set a clear and bold vision for the Foundation, developed strategic and operational plans, and recruited a powerful team to help execute those plans to meet the Foundations mission of empowering young women, primarily in the developing world, through education

    In less than seven years, the Foundation:

    • has provided 175 scholarships to women at the undergraduate, master’s & PhD studies at 57 institutions of higher learning;
    • has over 80 alumnae starting to make huge impact;
    • has 12 on-ground and collaborative partners;
    • accessed over $9.7 M in donations and partner funding.

    Narmin will be recognised at an awards ceremony later this year in Ottawa.

    We are fortunate to have Narmin as one of our Board Members – and on behalf of the Board and our Members, congratulations!

    Donna Meredith

    President, TIAW

  • 25 Feb 2021 7:36 PM | Anonymous

    Like many of you, we suffered a loss in 2020 – one of our directors, Robin Johnston, passed away late in the year. Robin was a graduate of Hamline University, in St. Paul Minnesota, magna cum laude, and of Brown University where she received a Masters’ degree in Sociology. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Robin practiced law in a number of private law firms and was for a number of years the Senior Medical Center Counsel at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. Robin later established her own law firm concentrating in the representation of health care providers and other non-profit institutions.

    Vale Robin and thank you for your service to TIAW.

    On a happier note, late last year we entered into a relationship with Grameen America. Grameen America is dedicated to helping entrepreneurial women who live in poverty build business to enable financial mobility. Founded in Queens, NY, in 2008, Grameen America builds on the legacy and proven model of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus. His revolutionary but simple idea that all people can lift themselves out of poverty through their own entrepreneurial spirit has dramatically altered how the world views global poverty.

    The impetus to find an American partner in our Microcredit work came from one of our greatest assets – the women who have been at the heart of TIAW for many years, and who refer to themselves as “The Old Girls Club (TOGC).” These are long-term TIAW members and many former directors/officers who have remained life-long friends and still get together once a year because their friendships became so strong. TOGC approached the Board late last year with a desire to fundraise in the name of our Founder Mandy Goetze, as a way of celebrating her in our 40th year. I am delighted to announce that the significant funds raised by TOGC have now found their way to Grameen America, where they will make a difference to women in the Camden/Trenton area of New Jersey. To the women of TOGC, and to our VP Microcredit, Amanda Fitzgerald (who worked tirelessly to support this sensational initiative) – our sincere and lasting thanks!

    While much of the world is still suffering through the worst of the pandemic, Australia is remarkably back to a form of normal life – allowing us to have the first of our revitalised Global Cities events here in Sydney on International Women’s Day (March 8), https://events.humanitix.com/tiaw-global-cities-sydney-iwd, with proceeds going to our microcredit fund. We’ll share the day with you on our social media platforms and in the next newsletter – along with the details about our amazing sponsor for this event.

    I look forward to the day when all of us can gather in safety once more – but in the meantime, stay safe and be well.

    Donna Meredith

    Empowering Women; Changing the World

  • 3 Dec 2020 8:13 PM | Anonymous

    It is my honour to take over the role of President of TIAW from Diane Tompson, who has, with our Board, dedicated herself over many years to ensuring that the work of empowering women continues and grows.

    This year we have renewed our relationships with FINCA (www.finca.org) and made 3 contributions to their Emergency Fund. This fund is focussed on addressing the disproportionate financial impact of COVID -19 on women around the world.  We have also donated twice to our new partner, Cufa (www.cufa.org.au), who are committed to ending poverty across the Asia-Pacific region.  Our donations will support female village entrepreneurs and the delivery of financial education to women in Cambodia and Myanmar.

    Women around the globe are fierce, determined, and dedicated; they lead their communities, and when financially empowered, they create good in the world. If, at this time of year, you are looking to assist women less fortunate than you, please go to https://www.tiaw.org/donate as we seek to raise $10,000 before the end of 2020. 100% of funds donated to TIAW go to our development partners whose proven programs have tangible outcomes that benefit women around the world. You can also help by making us your charity of choice on the AmazonSmile Program where you benefit others every time you shop on Amazon. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2696929

    While financial empowerment is the focus of our work, the work of our Awardees also empowers women in many other ways. 

    In particular, the Board and I would like to congratulate Natasha Stott Despoja AO, our Lifetime Awardee for 2019, on her appointment to the United Nations Committee for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW is often described as an ‘international bill of rights’ for women, enshrining the key principles for national action to end discrimination against women. We are delighted to celebrate Natasha as she is recognised once again for her lifetime commitment to empowering women to make a better world.

    Donna Meredith

    Empowering Women; Changing the World

  • 26 Oct 2020 9:37 PM | Anonymous

    Due to the untiring work of the board of TIAW, at 40 years old, TIAW remains one of the leading, global charitable foundations dedicated to the economic empowerment and advancement of women all over the globe.

    There was no doubt that two years ago when I first inherited the role of President, that TIAW needed a complete change of operations and imperatives. It is my pleasure to announce that TIAW has been restored to its former vision of empowering women and now it is time for me to hand over the leadership to my successor and in true TIAW tradition, it will be my pleasure to support the new President in her role. Before I do however, I would like to take a moment of reflection on the work that has been done over the past 2 years by our team of exceptional women, who have accepted every challenge presented to them with a tenacious ability to get things done when it was needed.

    Collectively we have:

    1. Restored the Awards programs and Forums. Last year we held the first forum and awards ceremony since 2016. This year we celebrated our 40th Anniversary with a Virtual Ceremony, view in the Awards/Global Forums section of our website, https://tiaw.org/global-forum
    2. Improved governance at Board level. Reviving various committees with the Committees and Executive Board meeting monthly.
    3. Increased Board participation including more diversity and an international focus.
    4. Reinvigorated the Past Presidents Committee (formerly the PIAC committee, reformed as the TAG committee {The TIAW Advisory Group},
    5. Compiled a strategic plan to give us the necessary modelling which would be needed to keep progressing improvements and initiatives.
    6. Improved the communication with our stake holders which was restored as a matter of priority, including the development of a new website and monthly newsletters.
    7. Engaged strategically on social media to assist in communicating to a new audience and spreading our positive messages to communities across the globe.
    8. Restored and increased our Association members.
    9. Revitalised micro finance, the signature program of TIAW. In doing so we have discovered an organisation who manages funds in the Asia Pacific region and have finally been able to make good a promise made to our patron Amanda Ellis, to fund the economic empowerment of women in the Asia/Pacific region. We have signed new MOUs with both FINCA and CUFA.
    10. Restored the Cherie Blair Foundation Partnership to move forward, we an updated Mentoring program.
    11. Simplified the operational side of the organisation.         
    I would like to thank the Board of 2019-2020. All board members have elected to stay on the executive board for 2020-2021, which will offer stability and a continuation of our strategic plan, thereby ensuring the ongoing success of the organisation.

    To the wonderful supporters of TIAW I say to you, watch this space, because we are about to accomplish even more remarkable feats, we need you as our support network. You too can help TIAW by donating to the micro finance program, joining TIAW as a member or in a practical contribution by offering us a helping hand.

    I am confident that our new President Donna Meredith will be able to build on the success of the past two years and as you read her Bio, you will agree with me that the next two years of TIAW will be very fruitful and exciting.

    Donna Meredith

    Managing Director, Keystone Corporate Positioning

    Principal, Interaction Associates Australasia

    Donna Meredith is Managing Director of award-winning consultancy Keystone Corporate Positioning and leads Interaction Associates’ Australasian operations. Prior to co-founding Keystone in 1997, Donna held senior management positions in several commercial divisions of Qantas.

    She is a specialist in branding, marketing, strategic change management, human resource management, facilitation, organisational design and culture, and developing the capability of leaders at all levels. For the past 23 years, Donna has designed and delivered high-stakes facilitation services, strategic planning, marketing and brand positioning strategies, HR and IR support, leadership development programs, communication strategies, sponsorship strategies and cultural change programs in Australia and internationally.

    In 2011, she became Principal of Interaction Associates’ Australasian operations. Interaction Associates, headquartered in Boston, USA is a learning and development company with a 50-year record of success in teaching practical, sustainable models for leading and enabling teams. Interaction Associates tools and models are based in a deep understanding of group dynamics, and in the specific behaviours that allow leaders to enable their people and enhance their involvement.

    Diane Tompson

    Honorary Past President

    The International Alliance for Women

  • 29 Sep 2020 12:30 AM | Anonymous

    Awards recognise significant contribution to the
    economic empowerment of women

    Dear Members and Friends,

    I am so excited to share with you a media release for the 2020 awards. Congratulations to all our recipients and thank you all for everything that you have done to empower the women of the globe.

    Diane Tompson

    President of the International Alliance for Women

    The International Alliance for Women has publicized the 2020 recipients of the prestigious 2020 World of Difference Awards ahead of a virtual Awards Ceremony being held on Saturday, 3 October at 5am (AEST). (See the links below to participate)

    Celebrating its 40th anniversary, TIAW is one of the leading global charitable foundations dedicated to the advancement of women all over the globe.

    The World of Difference Awards recognize extraordinary women and men from around the world who have contributed to the economic empowerment of women, leadership and innovation, across categories including education, community, entrepreneurship, government, NGOs and more. Over 700 deserving individuals have received awards since their inception.

    The 2020 TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon distinguished former US Ambassador and co-Founder of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), Ruth A Davis.

    Australia’s former High Commissioner & Ambassador to the Indian Ocean islands, Susan Coles, was selected for a Public Service / Government Award for her work enabling international mentoring program Business Without Borders to flourish in the Indian Ocean.

    Canadian author and journalist Stephanie MacKendrick was recognised for her vast contribution and service to TIAW with the Mandy Goetze Award, named after one of the founding board members of the organisation

    TIAW President Diane Tompson explains the organization’s focus is on building an ‘inclusive economy’ for all, driven by increasing women’s participation and contribution.


    “TIAW has been uniting, supporting and promoting women and their chosen networks across all continents, and in turn supporting and strengthening the global economic fabric for forty years,” says Ms Tompson. “As Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated: ‘Women belong in all places where decisions are made’ and we are seeking to ensure that they are in those places.”

    Education category awardee Mam-Yassin Sarr-Fox explained the impact her award will have.

    I think that education is the most powerful space in development, and I am honored in that space. This award will go a long way in inspiring young people, especially young girls, and for this, I am grateful.”

    The 2020 awardees have come from across the globe, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, France, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.


    Biographies of some of the many winners of the 2020 World of Difference Awards

    Ambassador Ruth A Davis – Lifetime Achievement Award

    Ruth A. Davis is the chairperson and co-founder of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) foundation. Founded in 2007, IWEC’s mission is to connect and develop a global network of successful women business owners through working with international chambers of commerce and women’s business organizations.  IWEC is devoted to promoting women’s economic empowerment by creating an international network of businesswomen.

    Ambassador Davis is an internationalist who retired from the U.S. Department of State with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the Foreign Service of the United States. Her assignments in the U.S. Department of State include Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2001-2003), Director of the Foreign Service Institute (1997-2001), Ambassador to the Republic of Benin (1992-1995), and U.S. Consul General in Barcelona, Spain (1987-1991). She was also posted in Kinshasa, Nairobi, Tokyo and Naples as a Consular Officer. Ambassador Davis was detailed to Howard University in Washington, DC as Distinguished Advisor for International Affairs and she served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2005-2008.

    She has received two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards, the Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award for mentoring, the 2005 Department of State Equal Opportunity Award, the Secretary’s Distinguished Award conferred by Colin L. Powell, and the International Career Advancement Program’s Award for visionary leadership and fostering diversity within foreign affairs. In 2015 she was named by the Economist Magazine as one of the ‘Top Diversity Figures in Public life’ and in 2016 she received the American Foreign Service Association’s Award for Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy and the Link’s Co-Founder Award for International Service.

    Susan Coles – Public Service / Government Award

    In her role as Australia’s High Commissioner & Ambassador to the Indian Ocean islands (Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles and the Comoros) Susan Coles was a major influencer in the development of the women’s Coaching and Mentoring program, “Business without Borders”. Susan effectively enabled the implementation of the program by supporting two entrepreneurs each representing two countries on either side of the world, Australia and Mauritius, to apply and ultimately be successful in being awarded a grant from the Australian government. The Mentoring program was devised to assist entrepreneurs in growing their businesses by empowering them by building their business acumen and capabilities. This program has been so successful that has been supported through five years of operations and three tranches of grants. In fact, Susan was so convinced of the effectiveness of the program that she accompanied the founders of the program on visits to all regions of the Indian Ocean Islands, her presence giving an enormous encouragement and demonstrably showing how important the program was to its women. She met with Presidents and senior government officials often persuading them to visit the workshops and official launches; and facilitated Australia’s then Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott-Despoja, to connect with the program on her visit to the region.

    Other projects Susan championed in her time as High Commissioner included the Women in Uniform networks set up by a seconded Australian police officer, empowering Mauritian and Seychelles women in police, fire, prison and nursing services; and training for all Mauritius magistrates in combatting gender-based violence through the court system, led by visiting experts from Australia.

    Stephanie MacKendrick – Mandy Goetze Award

    Since 2018, Stephanie MacKendrick has been CEO of Crisis Services Canada, the not for profit organization that created Canada’s national suicide prevention helpline. Stephanie’s career has spanned journalism, corporate communications, not for profit leadership and most recently as author of “In Good Hands: Remarkable Female Politicians from Around the World Who Showed Up, Spoke Out and Made Change” to encourage young women to consider running for elected office as part of their career planning.


    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 currently sits as Vice-Chair of the Board for Samara Canada, a charitable organization promoting citizen engagement in politics and public life. She was a founding co-chair of the 30% Club Canada steering committee, a global campaign that originated in the UK and seeks to raise the proportion of women on corporate boards in Canada to 30%. Stephanie also served as President of the Board of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) in 2006 and 2007. 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.

    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).

    About the Mandy Goetze Award

    Marian E. (Mandy) Goetze has played a pivotal role in TIAW right from the beginning when she attended planning sessions in 1979 as a representative of the Baltimore Executive Women's Network. She was a founding board member when the organization was first created in 1980 and named the National Association of Professional & Executive Women’s Networks. Mandy has been here throughout our evolution from NAPEWN to TIA (The International Alliance) to where we are today as The International Alliance for Women. Mandy was behind many of the initiatives that built TIAW’s impact and influence, including a series of ten annual Washington Briefings where she brought policy-makers and women leaders together to hear about the most important issues of the day. She also organized four European meetings that led to what was then the National Alliance to adopt its international orientation.

    As someone who represents the heart and soul of this organization it was only fitting that there be an award in her honor: the Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award; an award that is bestowed annually 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 time frame. To this day, Mandy Goetze remains a thought leader and true inspiration to the entire TIAW community.


    Full List of 2020 World of Difference Awardees

    Community Awards

    ·       Melek El Nimer (Lebanon)

    ·       Aparna Nagesh (India)

    ·       Liz Reinert (United States)

    Corporate Initiatives for Women’s Economic Empowerment Awards

    ·       Rasha Al Agouz (Saudi Arabia)

    ·       Michele Piercey (France)

    Education Awards

    ·       Neelofar Ali (United States)

    ·       Aurélie Jean (United States) 

    ·       Jill Klein (United States)

    ·       Debby Rooney (United States)

    ·       Mam-Yassin Sarr-Fox (United States)

    ·       Dr Shaheen Shariff (Canada)

    Entrepreneurship Awards

    ·       Jennifer Classen (South Africa)

    ·       Holly Galbraith (Australia)

    ·       Melanie Gleeson (Australia)

    ·       Dr Trisheetaa Tej (India)

    Non-Profit / NGO Awards

    ·       Ingun Bol de Bock (Netherlands)

    ·       Gabriela Fiorini (Peru)

    ·       Rachel Ho (Malaysia)

    ·       Kirthi Jayakumar (India)

    ·       Crystal Little (United States)

    ·       Regina Llopis Rivas (Spain)

    ·       Luciana Malamud (Argentina)

    ·       Justina Montalico (Peru)

    ·       Nancy Ploeger (United States)

    Public Service / Government Awards

    ·       Susan Coles (Australia)

    Champions for Women’s Economic Empowerment Awards

    ·       Nicholas Haines (United Kingdom)

    ·       Sunhit Mehra (India)

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    ·       Ambassador Ruth A Davis (United States)

    Mandy Goetze Award

    Stephanie MacKendrick

    Live event:

    The virtual event will be broadcast live from Australia on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 

    5 AM (AEST). Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12PM PDT); 3PM(EDT); 8PM(BST); 9PM(EET)  

    Taped event:

    The taped event will be rebroadcast, available from Australia on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12 PM (AEST). Friday, October 2, 2020 at 7 PM (PDT); 10 PM (EDT); Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 3 AM (BST); 4 AM (EET)   


    Please use the following ZOOM link to connect to the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81350935081?pwd=SFNJYys1U2VsV2FwRGd0VE1wVUxPUT09

    Meeting ID: 813 5093 5081
    Passcode: 626601
    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbFFJTS53s


    Please feel free to share the event details and the great news about your TIAW World of Difference Award with your network, using any of the following hashtags and logos: #TIAW #WODA #Worldofdifference #Womenempowerment #womendevelopment #womenentrepreneurs #empoweredwomenempoweringwomen #microfinance #womeninbusiness #womenledbusiness #IWECRuthDavis


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