About the IWTT - Board of Directors
As a think tank our mission is to be an “ideas organization” Promoting Research, Critical Thinking and Innovative Solutions on issues related to Women and Girls. We encourage the discovery of solutions to problems, and facilitate interaction in pursuit of these goals. We work to stay on the cutting edge of issues and will continue to meet and bring inspired people together to ensure that we provide current updates about issues related to women and girls.
Women are the fastest growing economy. As the world becomes more global, IWTT also works to empower women and girls by increasing intercultural understanding, driving economic growth, exploring collaborative opportunities and partnerships that uplift the human condition and improve the quality of life.
Brenda Morant (Founder/Chair)
Ms. Brenda Morant is a social entrepreneur and a champion of using innovative strategies and solutions to improve people's lives.
Women continually are recognized as the largest and fastest growing economy and as they strategically position themselves both collectively and individually, to have a greater impact in the economic mainstream, it is important that women are comprehensively prepared to participate in all aspects of society. Their impact on the global economy will be historic and have significantly multiplier effects. PepsiCo's Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Indra Nooyi, stated that "Women are the biggest emerging market in the world".
The International Women’s Center (IWC) is the program and implementation support “arm” of IWTT.
The IWC actively advocates for the personal and professional enrichment of women and girls of the global community through mentorship, intercultural exchange, entrepreneurship, business development, leadership training and the sharing of ideas. IWC’s motto is: “Educate a Woman, Educate the Community, Educate the World”. Presently, in the United States, we are one of a very few think tanks that are devoted to issues related to women and girls which is also co-joined with an International Women’s Center. IWTT is definitely a pioneer.
Dr. Girish Panicker (Agriculture Resident Expert)
Dr. Girish Kumar Panicker, Director of the Center for Conservation Research, Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi, is an internationally renowned agricultural scientist; an authority on C-factor (cover and management) research. Dr. Panicker had the privilege of exhibiting his research findings on organic fruit production at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C, the largest educational, research and museum complex in the world.
His advanced research methodologies on sustainable and organic production practices with plant and animal residues for a healthier environment are being podcasted globally by the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), American Society of Agronomy, International Society for Horticultural Science, USDA, and e-Organic-e-Extension. Invited by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Belgium, Dr. Panicker represented the United States twice to deliver lectures on conservation research on horticultural crops. Dr. Panicker received the 2011 Pride of India Award (Bharat Gaurav) in New Delhi, during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
Manori de Silva, Esq.
Manori de Silva is an Attorney at Carreras & Lemoine, LLP, Atlanta, Georgia. She assists small to medium-sized businesses
to do business in the U.S. and advises on various aspects of employment law. Manori regularly represents businesses in
lawsuits in state and federal courts. Manori is familiar with many aspects of European culture having lived in Europe for many
years. She speaks fluent Dutch and is proficient in French. Manori is also Vice President of the Netherlands-American Chamber of Commerce for the Southeastern U.S.
Dr. Paddy Sharma
Dr. Paddy Sharma is a Philanthropist, Entrepreneur and Business Executive and holds many key community positions such as
President, Rotary Club of Clayton County, Trustee of Clayton State University Foundation and Director of Indian American Cultural
Association. She has initiated several medical camps and other relief camps in India.
Dr. Paddy is from a family of educationists and received her Doctorate from Vanderbilt University. She believes strongly high values and the importance of cross cultural understanding in the educational systems and states that "Imparting Education to a Child is Educating a Nation”.
Dr. Paddy's also started "FIHI Hope Foundation" a Charity organization that helps young students to have a constructive effect of good education and clean living.
A proclamation for “Outstanding Georgia Citizen” was presents to Dr. Paddy in 2009 by Georgia Secretary of State for her commitment and dedicated service to the business and community at large.
Dr. Mary Lou Frank
Dr. Mary Lou Frank is a licensed psychologist and court approved mediator. She has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Psychology, a M.Ed. in
Counseling, and B.A. in Speech Communication from Colorado State University. She completed training in Advanced Negotiations
for Executives at Harvard University and mediation training at Brenau University and Georgia State University She is the Chair of
the International Law School Tournament Committee, an executive committee board member, and immediate past-President of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution. She is on the board for the International Women’s Think Tank and co-founder of the consulting group, Transforming Mediation. Dr. Frank is a Fellow at the Institute for Higher Education at the University of Georgia, teaches at Brenau and Middle Georgia State Universities, and serves on boards and committees for several international universities. She has worked in higher education administration as a department chair, dean, and academic vice president as well as being a professor for over twenty years. She has published research, articles, and in textbooks on psychological theory and practice, eating disorders, gender, leadership, psychology and law, and conflict resolution. Her textbook, “The Mind of a Peacemaker: The Psychology of Mediation,” is in second edition.of the University System of Georgia and serves as a state approved neutral for the
Dr. Linda Gray (Vice President, Small Business Development)
Dr. Linda Gray is a nonprofit business consultant with expertise in nonprofit start-ups, nonprofit management, grant
research and strategic planning and development for small businesses, grassroots faith-based organizations and community
organizations. She is a Certified Mentor with SCORE a Volunteer Resource Partner with the Small Business based
Administration (SBA) and is currently serving as an Executive Officer and Business Coach at the Dallas, Texas SCORE
Headquarters. As Resource Partner, Linda is responsible for recruiting and providing assistance in business planning and
proposal development, business certifications, registrations, and business financial packaging for minority, women owned, disabled and veteran businesses.
Judge Angela T. Butts
Municipal court judge of the Recorder's Court of Dekalb County, Georgia (USA)
The Honorable Angela T. Butts was appointed to the Recorder’s Court of Dekalb County as an associate Judge in March 1997. She has presided over thousands of Bench Trials in one of the busiest courts in the State of Georgia. Judge Butts also sits by designation in Dekalb County State and Superior Courts. She presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Municipal Court Judges as the Fourth District (Stone Mountain) representative; as a member of the Dekalb County Mental Health Task Force and the Advisory Board of the Dekalb County Task Force for Runaway, Homeless and Sexually Exploited Youth; and serves on the Academic Support Committee of Decatur High School.