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TIAW Global Forum 2015


Our annual Global Forum

…brings together thought leaders from around the world to debate and progress issues on women’s economic development.

Consistent with the 35th anniversary, “Beyond Sustainability: Women’s Economic Empowerment” is the theme of this year’s Global Forum.

“Beyond Sustainability: Women’s Economic Empowerment”

October 21-23, 2015

Crown Plaza The Hamilton- 1001 14th St. NW, Washington D.C.  20005

Wednesday October 21, 2015

Pre-Global Forum Breakfast Program (click here)

Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza, Washington, DC

8:00 a.m.-Noon     Enjoy a light breakfast while you network then hear from speakers about key issues related to human capital challenges, the federal budget and its impacts, and cyber security. This is a complimentary event in Washington DC for Federal government personnel, invited private sector personnel and TIAW Global Forum attendees.

Click Here for further information and to register for the breakfast.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. TIAW Member Association President’s Luncheon
by Invitation only

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception (Open to all registered for Conference and Award recipients only)

Location: Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Thursday October 22, 2015

Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza, Washington, DC/Sphinx Room

Beyond Sustainability: Women’s Economic Empowerment

Building the future from the past!

 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration available throughout the day.

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. TIAW Welcome

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Honorary Patron Andrina Lever introduces Keynote speaker and 2015 TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award recipient – Selima Ahmad, 2015 TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. TIAW GLOBAL FORUM 2015 SUPERPANEL

2015 is a milestone for both TIAW and women. This year, TIAW celebrates its 35th anniversary as well as the theme ‘Beyond Sustainability: Women’s Economic Empowerment’. Reflecting TIAW’s leadership in this area, for the first time, the G7, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya and the United Nations Women Report on the Progress of the Women’s World have all recognized the importance of economic empowerment for women. Building on these ground breaking documents as well as the TIAW 2014 Call to Action, the Super Panel shall discuss and make recommendations of what needs to be done to ensure that women’s economic empowerment becomes embedded and goes beyond sustainability.

Panel Chair and 2015 TIAW Honorary Patron: Andrina Lever, 2003 TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Barrister and Solicitor, Founder of Lever Enterprises, consultant and advocate for small business and international trade.


Selima Ahmad, 2015 TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Founder, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Recipient of Oslo Business for Peace Award, 2014

Honourable Sarmite (Sam) Bulte, P.C., B.A., LL.B., 2008 TIAW World of Difference Award Winner is a lawyer and former Member of Parliament who currently serves as an international consultant providing advice on public policy, advocacy, government relations, governance and entrepreneurship to not-for-profit organizations, businesses and governments.

Gladys England, 2015 World of Difference Award Winner, Owner Oasis Juice Bar, Sierra Leone, Cherie Blair Foundation Protégé.

Virginia Littlejohn, 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Global Advisor for WEConnect International, CEO and Co-Founder Quantum Leaps, an organization that works on strategic initiatives to fuel the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.

Naderah Chamlou, 2015 World of Difference Award Winner, International Development Expert and Former Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist for the MENA Region at the World Bank.

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break and Networking opportunities.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Transformative Leadership is Now!

The leadership today is shaping the future. Transformative leadership can be defined as being built on a foundation of integrity and driven by self-awareness and sense of purpose. It addresses inequity, improves the lives of others and makes or influences positive change. Findings from the Women’s Transformative Leadership in Africa report from the MasterCard Foundation will be used to initiate the conversation and integrate with other leadership observations from the panel including the influence of women on boards, C-suite, etc.

Panel Chair: Cristina Vicini – International Non‐Executive Director and Board Advisor; TIAW Board First Vice President and Director, Presidents’ International Advisory Council (PIAC), WODA Winner

Rev. Sally Muggeridge: Board Member, Total UK; Founder Trustee, Tutu Foundation UK, 2015 WODA winner
Ineke Bussemaker:
CEO, National Microfinance Bank of Tanzania (NMB plc) , 2015 WODA winner
Marsha Firestone,
PhD: President, WPO, Women Presidents Organization, 2010 WODA winner
Prof. Morten Huse:
Professor of Management & Governance, University of Witten/Herdecke; Professor of Organization and Management, BI Norwegian Business School, 2014 WODA winner
Katarzyna Twarowska:
Executive Director, Audit, E&Y Poland, President, Women Leadership Foundation, Warsaw,  2015 WODA winner

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking Facilitated Group Activity


Kelly Watkins, President, Expressive Concepts, Global Thought Leader on Corporate Effectiveness & Employee Development – sharing experiences from all 7 continents, TIAW Ambassador

2:00 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.  Status and Forecast of Women on Boards

An update on how 2020 and various other initiatives are going will be discussed, then how women in the audience can be part of the transformation that needs to take place.  An update on the 30% Club Canada in general as well as talk about the securities regulators in Canada and disclosure rules around diversity as compared to the US and other jurisdictions.

Stephanie MacKendrick, TIAW 2015 Co-Chair World of Difference Awards, President, MacKendrick & Associates International Inc., Board Career Coaching. Gender Diversity Inclusion & Retention Strategies
Stephanie Sonnabend, 2015 World of Difference Award Winner, Co-Founder and Chair, 2020 Women on Boards

2:45 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Break and Networking opportunities.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Show me the Money!

Hear from speakers discussing philanthropy, angel investing, micro credit financing, crowdfunding and other means to obtain funds. Being prepared – understanding financials! Why is certification so important? How these different avenues are influencing sustainability for economic empowerment for women.

Panel chair: Roz Morris: MD TV News London Ltd and Blogger Huffington Post UK, 2010 WODA winner


Tiffany McVeety: Author, Entrepreneur, International Speaker and Entrepreneurship Navigator, TIAW Program Director – Micro Credit

Paola Bonomo: Director, South Europe, Facebook, independent Board member, angel investor,  2015 WODA winner

Elizabeth Vazquez: CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International, 2010 WODA winner

Candace Waterman, Chief of Staff and Business Operations for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

Pamela Prince-Eason:(invited) President and CEO, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. FREE Time before Awards Reception

TIAW World of Difference Awards Reception and Dinner

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza, Washington, DC/Sphinx Mezzanine and Ballroom

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. TIAW World of Difference Awards Reception

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. TIAW World of Difference Awards Dinner

  • The Mandy Goetze 21st Century Award – Diane Morris
  • World of Difference 100 Awards
  • World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award – Selima Ahmad

Award Winners – Individual and Group photos will be taken during and following the reception and dinner.

Friday October 23, 2015

Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza, Washington, DC/Sphinx Room

Beyond Sustainability: Women’s Economic Empowerment

Leverage all your resources to move to the next level

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration (Networking and coffee until program begins)
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Kick off for the day!

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. I Did It My Way!

Hear entrepreneurs and business leaders discuss the paths in the journey to success and share their words of wisdom. Data and information will be shared regarding trends and forecasts impacting women’s economic empowerment.

Panel Chair: Diane Tompson – TIAW Program Director of Entrepreneurship. Co-owner of three companies working under the banner of the parent company, The Powercom Group, based in Tasmania. She is a founding director and co-owner of Novaris Technologies Malaysia. Novaris is a leading edge electronic manufacturer producing lightning and surge protection products.


Elena Fedyashina: Executive Director, The Committee of 20, 2008 WODA winner

Tanya Hine: Consultant at Consultant Administration & Accounting, 2015 WODA winner

Michele Piercey, US Entrepreneur working in Arab countries

Nancy Ploeger: President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Julie Weeks: President and CEO of Womenable, 2010 WODA winner

David Chavern, newly appointed President and CEO at Newspaper Association of America, previously key leadership positions with US Chamber of Commerce, 2015 WODA winner

10:15a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break and Networking opportunities.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Experts’ Roundtable Discussions  

Experts from various areas of entrepreneurship, leadership, finance, government, and technology will share their knowledge and experience with attendees in a roundtable discussion format.    Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in 3 different discussions where they can ask questions, make connections, and have some great takeaways. This mentoring/coaching/information-sharing approach allows the mentor and protégé to learn from each other during each discussion and on into the future.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interactive Facilitated Session and Conference Closing

Please note: The agenda is subject to change and will be updated accordingly.

Global Forum Speakers

TIAW’s prestige draws outstanding speakers to the Global Forum such as:

  • Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State,
  • Corazon Aquino, Former President of the Philippines,
  • Gloria Steinem (US), Social and women’s rights activist, and
  • Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette (Canada)

This year’s event includes several prestigious speakers.  CLICK HERE for the entire list of speakers, as well as their bios.

Event Location and Hotel Information:hamilton_crowne_plaza_hotel_

Hamilton Crowne Plaza, located at 1001 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

TIAW’s block of rooms are now fully booked at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza.   There are several hotels in the area.  Below are a few that are near the hotel:
Hilton Garden Inn             Loews Madison Hotel       JW Marriott
815 14th St. NW                 1177 15th St. NW                 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC 20005     Washington DC 20005     Washington DC 20004
Tel.  1-202-783-7800        +1 -202-862-1600              +1-202-393-2000





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