Honors and Recognition
TWI frequently receives recognition for the outstanding achievement of its programs. Some recent examples appear below.
New York City was the venue of the 15th annual Women’s eNews gala, celebrating the work of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century 2016.” Sema Başol was honored as one of the “awe-inspiring individuals dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls across the globe.”
The 21 honorees were recognized as “changemakers for women and girls across seven sectors, including advocates for teen education, reproductive health, and women’s philanthropy.” Sema was recognized as one of “Three Who Enrich Women’s Economics.
On International Women’s Day March 7 in Bursa, Turkey, the Bursa Business Women’s Association (BUKIAD) recognized Sema and DLD for their work with women in Turkey. On behalf of DLD, Sema received the “Role Model Women’s Organization” award. This was DLD’s first award in Turkey. DLD was chosen from all women’s organizations based in Turkey for this award. BUKIAD is an association of business leaders whose mission is to encourage, strengthen and support female entrepreneurs and women in all walks of life, business and government.
Sema Başol was a guest speaker at the “Assembly of Turkish American Association” (ATAA) conference in Washington, DC. As a member of the “Turkish American Women Stars” panel, she spoke about the role of TWI in developing leadership and career skills in university women in Turkey. Now in its 36th year, ATAA’s purpose is to promote greater public awareness and understanding of Turkey’s rich culture and modern day society.
In 2011, TWI co-founder Sema Basol was awarded the Soroptimist Ruby Award (For Women Helping Women) by Soroptimist International of Manhattan Beach, CA (SIMB). The award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.
At an Upwardly Global Toastmasters event organized in collaboration with The Expat Woman (expatwoman.com), TWI co-founder Sema Basol joined a panel of women describing their experiences in the U.S. The audience learned from their experiences about how to integrate into the American culture and workplace.
TWI co-founder Sema Başol was featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Turkish Health and Education Foundation as an alumna of Üsküdar American Academy. Sema was acknowledged for making a significant difference in Turkey despite now living most of the year in the U.S. Read the full article sev.org.tr