|Board of Directors|
President, TIAW Board of Directors
Chair, Presidents’ International Advisory Council (PIAC)
Italy / Belgium
Cristina Vicini is an International Non‐Executive Director and Board Advisor; active in Europe and North America and internationally accredited for the governance of listed and non‐listed companies. For 25 years in the technology and innovation sector, Cristina spent almost ten years with the international governmental organizations in Brussels before holding various management and leadership positions with world leading groups like Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft and Volkswagen, and responsibilities spanning from strategic positioning and multi‐million business development with the international public sector, up to P&L executive rôles in Europe and beyond.
Cristina’s further experience as an entrepreneur includes the international development of the
family‐owned company – electro‐mechanical engineering and manufacturing for the medical sector – as a COO for international operations, international development and innovation, leading a.o. to the award of a new technology patent (non‐invasive bio‐medical sensors) in the USA in September 2010.
Cristina is also one of the Corporate Women at the core of the "EU Business Schools‐Women on Board” and the "Global Board‐Ready Women” initiatives, supported by European Commission’s Vice‐President Viviane Reding and in partnership with the Financial Times Non‐Executive Directors’ Club and the Forté Foundation.
Cristina is fluent in five languages, holds a Masters of International Management from Boston
University and a Masters with honors in Computer Science from the
University of Brussels (ULB).
Margaret (Peg) Wier
Immediate Past President, TIAW Board of Directors
Margaret (Peg) Weir is the TIAW President of the Board of Directors and Chair of the 2015 TIAW Global Forum Planning Committee. Previously, she was the TIAW Vice President, Finance & Treasurer where she developed strategies to insure financial stability and sustainability resulting in a positive net income for the organization. She was chair of the Global Forum in 2012 and 2013. She is a past President of Executive Women in Government (EWG), where she established a Mentor-Protégé Program and Corporate Sponsorship Advisory Board. She has been a long-time active member of several organizations including Women in Logistics and Delivery Services (WILDS), Federally Employed Women (FEW), Women in Technology (WIT), National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and Women’s Foreign Policy Group (WFPG). She is also a member of the US Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, Peg received the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award.
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 arenas 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 courses towards a doctorate degree in management with Walden University. For the last 14 years, Peg has been an adjunct professor with Syracuse University in the iSchool, teaching IT Capital Planning in the Information Management graduate program.
Peg resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
2nd Vice President, Operations
Pamela Caudill is a veteran law enforcement leader with 30 years of experience with U.S. Customs and State Department both in the U.S. and abroad. She began her career as a Special Agent with the U.S. Customs Service, serving on both the U.S./Mexico and U.S./Canada borders. Pamela served as Assistant Customs Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan; was a Program Manager in Financial Crimes at U.S. Customs Headquarters, where she oversaw investigations of transnational money laundering by narcotics trafficking and terrorist groups; and was a field manager for Customs at Los Angeles International Airport at the time of the 9/11 attacks. After the formation of the Department of Homeland Security she served as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles and selected to oversee one of the first terrorist financing investigative units. In 2004, Pamela was appointed as Special Agent in Charge with the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC where she directed investigations involving State Department personnel, contractors, programs and resources across 263 embassies and consulates globally. Pamela has served on the board of directors of The International Association for Women (TIAW), as both Secretary and now as Vice-President-Operations in addition to membership on several key committees. Since 2008, she has served on the board of the Fairhope Airport Authority.
Vice President, Finance and Treasurer
Brenda Walker, CPA is a Partner with KPMG LLP’s Federal Advisory Practice and has over 25 years of management consulting and financial accounting experience. Her experience includes audit readiness activities, program management, business transformation and financial system development and integration. She delivers financial management software solutions and consults with clients to optimize their processes to ensure business and mission success. Ms. Walker’s recent work experience includes specializing in Financial Performance Management by implementing business intelligence tools and dashboards to give her clients full visibility into their operational and business metrics.
Ms. Walker serves on The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) Executive Board as the Vice President of Finance. She is active in the American Society of Military Comptrollers, Association of Government Accountants, Women in Defense, and Executive Women in Government organizations. She was a 2011 TIAW World of Difference award winner, earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Moorhead State University and currently resides in Fairfax Station, Virginia with her husband, Randy and her two sons.
Elizabeth Cotsworth served 37 years for the US federal government and was a member of the Senior Executive Service, its highest career rank, from 1994 until 2010. Twice, she received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, one of the nation’s highest recognitions of government service. In connection with her government career, Elizabeth represented the US in a number of international meetings and organizations. She served as a member of the Bureau of the Environmental Policy Committee of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2000-2002.
In addition to her TIAW Board position, Elizabeth maintains her membership in Executive Women in Government (EWG), a member organization of TIAW. She served as EWG President in 2010-11. Since retirement, she volunteers in several community organizations in her home town of Arlington, Virginia, USA.
Ann is a senior partner in the Business
Law Group at Cassels Brock &
Blackwell, as well as a member of the
mining group. She has a corporate
practice with an emphasis on mergers
Ann has acted as external commercial
counsel for corporations in a wide
variety of industries, including mining,
healthcare, food, automotive parts,
building materials, printing and other
industries in the manufacturing sector.
Ann also frequently acts as counsel to
Canadian subsidiaries of international
corporations and assists international corporations with setting up their
Ann is involved in many areas of
community endeavour. She is
currently a member of the Canadian
Women’s Foundations Girls’ Fund
Committee, and a member of the
board of directors of The International
Alliance for Women. She is the past
Chair of the Canadian Women’s
Foundation Professional Breakfast,
and past Co-chair of the CWF 100
Fundraising Committee. Ann is a past
director of Ronald McDonald House
(Toronto) and has also served on the
boards of Organization of Women in International Trade – Ontario and
Association for Corporate Growth
(ACG) – Toronto Chapter. Ann regularly speaks and writes, and
has been a lecturer at the University of
Western Ontario’s Mining Law course
since its inception.
Sherry Fotheringham Gysler
Sherry Fotheringham Gysler spent more than 20 years at the Royal Bank of Canada and during the period 1994-1997, she created the foundational strategy for the bank’s national program for Canadian women entrepreneurs. She provided support and championship for 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; 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. She attended the 1997 OECD conference on women entrepreneurs in Paris where she became a founding member in the creation of the Global Banking Alliance for Women that was formed to facilitate sharing of global best practices in the delivery of financial services to women. In 2008 she was also the recipient of the Inaugural TIAW Women World of Difference Award and joined the TIAW board as Director of the Daughter program , where she developed an eMentoring program for young women. She has served as Ist VP and is currently President of TIAW. Sherry most recently represented TIAW at a CIDA / UN Women Conference: Women's Economic Empowerment in Ottawa, Canada.
Multifaceted marketing professional, primarily working the luxury retail sector. Founded and created Women in Marketing an annual forum & network in 2004,followed by The Women in Marketing Awards in 2010. Past company award winners have included Burberry, Diageo, Oglivy & Mather UK. Individual award winners from Google and Havas Worldwide, P&G UK and BT to name a few. Honoured to be a TIAW World of Difference Award winner in 2013 for Women in Marketing.
Vice President, Membership
Program Director, Entrepreneurship
Diane Tompson is co-owner of three companies working under the banner of the parent company, The Powercom Group, based in Tasmania. In addition, she is a founding director and co-owner of Novaris Technologies Malaysia. Her company Novaris is a leading edge electronic manufacturer producing lightning and surge protection products.
Diane is a member of the Tasmanian Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a past National President of Women Chiefs of Enterprises (International) Pty Ltd and is a current member of its board engaged in the role of International Chair of the WCEI International Committee. She is currently a Commissioner for the Pacific and Asian regions for FCEM, (Les Femmes Chiefs D'Entreprise Mondial) and in December 2012, Diane was appointed Vice President of Communications for TIAW, (The International Alliance for Women)
In late 2013, Diane was selected by the Australian Research Council to become a member of a panel responsible for awarding grants for Innovative Collaborative Research. The research undertaken will occur between Tertiary Institutions, in particular Universities, and Manufacturers.
In 2005 she received the honour of being acknowledged as Tasmania’s, Telstra Business Woman of the Year and was named number 22 by BRW for Australian Entrepreneurial Women in 2006. In 2009, Diane became the first woman to receive the Gold Medal Award presented to her by the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in 2011, was a recipient of an IWEC award (the International Woman Entrepreneur Challenge Award) presented in New York and 2013 a TIAW, WOD award.
Director, Micro-Credit Program
Tiffany McVeety has a unique ability to mobilize resources—time, talent, and capital—to support entrepreneurs. As CEO of Girandola and the Entrepreneurial Edge Academy, Tiffany teaches the global language of entrepreneurship. A message of inspiration, hope, community, prosperity and purpose are delivered through her keynotes and presentations. She shares best practices, builds networks, and develops leaders that become innovators and successful entrepreneurs locally and globally.
She is the author of The Entrepreneurial Edge Small Business Toolkit, ...a must read”used worldwide to coach entrepreneurs toward startup success.
Tiffany was Director of a U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Women's Business Center where more than 1,200 entrepreneurs came each year for counseling to plan, start, and fund their ventures. Tiffany is founding director of GROW Washington, the premier product-focused business incubator and has taught entrepreneurship at three Northwest Colleges.
Tiffany hosted the nationally recognized radio show, BizLine Radio, on KKNW in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and her business column, Entrepreneurial Edge, was syndicated by Business Pulse.
Today she designs and builds sustainable programs to vitalize, optimize, and unleash entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership through advanced workforce skills training and outreach programs for colleges, countries, companies, and communities. She is winner of two consecutive Department of Commerce Export Awards that sent her to six countries to share her vision of the Future of Entrepreneurship.
Tiffany's guidebooks distill complex business concepts into simple solutions and strategies that microenterprises and multi-national corporations alike can use to instill innovative cultures and entrepreneurial skills
Tiffany earned her Master of Business Administration with a focus on Information Systems Management and her Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurial Business from Seattle Pacific University.
Program Director, Women's Leadership Network
Financial Women's Association of NY (FWA) Charter Member Representative
Ms. Zagorin serves as the Client Service Officer at Sidley Austin LLP. In that capacity, she is responsible for key client service initiatives, working with management on business initiatives, leading client teams and client advocacy and overseeing Corporate Responsibility activities. Ms. Zagorin provides advice, counsel and strategic input to the firm’s management, CMO and other senior professionals. She has been at Sidley since 2001 and has been responsible for global practice and business development initiatives, global marketing and media relations.
Ms. Zagorin has been on the Board of New York Cares since 1988 and currently serves as a Vice President, and is a member of the Executive, Audit and Communications Committees. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Arts and Business Council of New York, the Friends Committee of the Bronx Charter School for Excellence and serves as a Vice Chair of the Global Agenda Committee of the Financial Women’s Association. She previously served as the Chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress and has lectured and written on a range of issues in legal firm management and legal research.
Director at Large
Nilufer Erdebil is founder and CEO of Spring2 Innovation, a company specializing in increasing innovation in organizations. Nilufer has over 17 years of experience in innovation within various fields including telecommunications, application development, program management and IT management. Throughout her career she has always had a passion for technology, business, commercializing technology and navigating change. Having worked in a number of international organizations and lived on three continents, Nilufer has a global mindset.
Prior to launching Spring2 Innovation, Nilufer began her career working at Procter & Gamble, in sales, and moved into software engineering. As a software designer she has worked on leading edge technologies and products, in a variety of international defense and telecommunications companies, including General Dynamics, CrossKeys Systems (now Oracle) and Marconi Wireless (now Ericsson). After going back to school to earn an MBA, she has worked in a number of Technology, Project Management and Marketing positions at Bell Canada.
It was in Technology Development at Bell Canada while working in the Advanced Solutions Innovation Center that she truly began to understand and become passionate about that special mix of environment, people, partners, and insight that made innovation possible.
Nilufer is a 2014 recipient of the Ottawa Forty Under 40 Award. She has a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University.