iSAW Launches New Platform, LIFT, to Advance Gender Equality on a Global Scale

Our allies at the international Smart Advancing Women (iSAW) organization have announced the launch of its new global platform for professional women, LIFT (Learning and Intelligence For Tomorrow) on March 8th 2021, to coincide with International Women’s Day. Powered by Unily, a leading enterprise digital workplace provider, LIFT is an innovative learning and intelligence habitat for women to collaborate and hone their professional and technical skills and personal power in order to advance in the business world – pioneering a distinctive and impactful change. iSAW’S LIFT platform leverages the power of technology to challenge the gender parity timeline and accelerate change.
According to the World Economic Forum, we will not see gender parity in our lifetimes, with estimates showing it will be on average another 99.5 years, and for some countries over 200 years. iSAW’s goal is to accelerate gender equality worldwide, bringing this number down. Working together with Unily, iSAW has launched LIFT to unite women from around the world to build on female empowerment, professionalism, and personal growth, using technology as a vehicle for supporting enterprises and individuals to overcome gender disparity in the workplace.
“I choose to challenge that gender equality will not be achieved within 100 years,” asserts Nancy Speidel, iSAW Founder and CEO. “We all know the power of technology can change the world; iSAW is excited to be partnering with Unily to launch our LIFT platform, bringing the full force of Unily’s award-winning digital technology, converted to 25 languages, to address gender inequality in the workplace in a way never done before.”
The purpose of iSAW and the LIFT platform is to strengthen the position of women globally as a strategic talent pool and enhance each individual’s career: this is done by providing awareness on gender equality at a local, regional, and global level; arming members with the latest business knowledge in their industry and function; building their personal power; and creating an expansive international network for women to succeed in a bold new world in a bold new way.
  • iSAW members will enhance their professional and personal power through interactions with each other and thought leaders, primarily via LIFT, nurturing a local and international iSAW community.
  • The learning experience is underpinned by data analysis, insights, and benchmarks to highlight what ‘good looks like’ in gender equality, to shine a light on those organisations which excel, and illuminate the path to take for those wishing to improve.
  • All members are driven by a values-based culture of constant striving to learn, lead and lift others.
Founded by Nancy Speidel, a senior leader in Information Technology, and co-founded by Ebtehal Alrewaily, an international scholarship recipient with a masters in Physic, and Lynn O’Connor, a diversity and inclusion director, iSAW thrives on a combination of their areas of expertise, creating an innovative digital solution to expedite the advancement of gender equality. The iSAW Foundation is chaired by Martin Elliot, VP of Information Technology, who also brings a wealth of experience in technology and is a champion for gender equality.
iSAW is currently working with nine Universities and over 300 students to support its efforts and create content for its GRID – Gender Research Insights Database. If you would like to learn more about iSAW’s services and how you can become a member, please visit
At The Training Room Online (TTRO), we believe that gender equality is essential for improving the wellbeing of everyone, and achieving inclusive sustainable development in the World.  Gender equality is a human right, and whilst there has been much progress in improving the circumstances of women and girls in some parts of the world, there remain significant challenges to achieving this goal.
As an organisation, TTRO is committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their gender identity have access to equal power, resources and opportunities, and are treated with dignity, care and respect.

TTRO chooses to challenge the statistics that it will take 100 years to achieve gender equality!

About iSAW

International Smart Advancing Women or iSAW, is an organisation with a mission to make a dramatic impact for women in the workplace and to contribute to narrowing the gender equality gap globally. iSAW’s services are underpinned by its virtual LIFT (Learning and Intelligence For Tomorrow) platform, powered by Unily, an award-winning digital workplace technology creating interactive information streams, in 25 different languages, tailored to individual iSAW members interests. iSAW is headquartered in the USA and UK, with activities in over 14 countries and expanding worldwide. To learn more about iSAW and its offerings, please visit

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