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Trish Tierney

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Trish Tierney


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  • International Women’s Day—Inspiring Change

    By: Trish Tierney on Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Change occurs after people take action, and action occurs when people are inspired. I love to be inspired. Who doesn’t? When I’m inspired, I feel an almost physical response—suddenly my day looks brighter, my life seems more exciting, my dreams more attainable, and those around me appear as potential partners with whom I want to share the thrill, build momentum, and take action. So, I ask myself “How and when am I most inspired?” If I can figure it out, I can share it with more people, and keep the inspiration buzz going and growing.


  • Women Leading Solutions to Global Problems: A View from CGI 2013 Annual Meeting

    By: Trish Tierney on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting this week, Khalida Brohi spoke on a plenary panel literally filled with rock stars including President Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Mo Ibrahim, Sheryl Sandberg and Bono, but Khalida shone brightest of all. Bono, at one point, interrupted her with a gasp and said “Khalida, you are awesome.” He is right. Khalida spoke about her work fighting to end honor killings in Pakistan, and of the many times she cried growing up as she witnessed tragedies unfolding around her. She spoke of her father, who dried her tears and said, “My dear, do not cry. Strategize.”


  • Find Your Passion, Find Your Impact

    By: Trish Tierney on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    In my senior year of college, I watched as most of my friends frantically faxed their CVs off and checked their answering machines for messages about interviews. People asked me, ‘Why are you so calm?’ I was not rushing about, because I already knew: I was going to Africa. We all have a place where we feel ourselves, a place to which we are drawn, and most of the time there is just no explaining it. My mom believes she was Native American in another life and feels most at home in New Mexico. My dad—an Irish-American through and through—cycles, speaks and drinks cappuccino like a native Italian. I first came to truly know myself sitting under a thorn tree in Namibia.


  • Women in the Global Economy: Authoring Chapters, Advancing Social Change

    By: Trish Tierney on Friday, March 29, 2013

    In September 2011, I had the good fortune to participate in the first-ever Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women in the Economy Summit. This historic event was driven by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and like so many initiatives launched during her time in office, it was designed not only to inspire, but to spur action for change. As I listened to Secretary Clinton and other dynamic speakers—women who had achieved the highest levels of success and impact in business, government, and civil society—the idea for a book was born.


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About the Author

Trish Tierney is Executive Director of the Institute of International Education in San Francisco, where she founded the Institute’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, and manages a diverse portfolio of global leadership, education and exchange programs in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, women-led NGOs, and private sector partners. Trish has led the growth of IIE’s women-focused programs, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. She began her international education career as a WorldTeach volunteer in Namibia, followed by positions at the World Bank and Cisco Systems. She holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.A. from Johns’ Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.



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