Heidi Forbes Öste Recognized for




The International Alliance for Women

honor 100 Awardees at

Global Forum on October 27


Heidi Forbes Öste, Global Social Strategist, 2BalanceU AB, has been selected by The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) as a recipient of the 2011 TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards. Along with fellow award recipients, Heidi will be recognized October 27, 2011 as part of the TIAW Global Forum at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

The 2011 awards recognize 100 achievers from 27 countries for their efforts in advancing the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally or worldwide. Recipients are selected from leaders of communities, organizations, corporations, regions or countries who have taken action to support women’s economic empowerment and advancement in society and in business.



Heidi is being presented with her award because of her outstanding, deep and long-term commitment to mentoring and advising entrepreneurial women in the developed and developing world.


Heidi is a true social entrepreneur with a passion for connecting people globally for building and maintaining beneficial relationships. She is highly knowledgeable in her field, dedicated to developing and implementing training and capacity building programs for women entrepreneurs and emerging leaders. Heidi inspires everyone around her with her dedication and caring. She is a true supporter of other women and their business development, always ready to offer advice or give a helping hand.


Heidi has spoken at global events on numerous occasions, delivering keynotes and workshop presentations on supporting women’s economic empowerment. She is an authentic person speaking with wisdom, passion and persuasiveness.


In response to the award, Heidi stated; “I feel honored to be considered for this award amongst other women whom I have profound respect for. My work in developing countries has helped provide me with a deeper appreciation of their potential. I am grateful for the perspective it provides in my corporate work.”


TIAW (www.tiaw.org ) is an international umbrella organization which strives to support and promote professional women through resources and networks. Founded in 1980, it has emerged as the global voice of businesswomen who want to make a difference in their communities. TIAW connects leading women’s organizations and their members worldwide to leverage their reach and resources. Located primarily in the Americas, Asia and Europe, they represent more than 35,000 members worldwide.


The TIAW Global Forum will be held October 26-28 when women leaders and thoughtful strategists from around the world gather at the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Sessions will be held on entrepreneurship, microenterprise, and women in leadership. The World of Difference Awards banquet will be held on October 27. For more information on the TIAW Global Forum, please go to www.tiaw.org.

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