The IRWA has recently been granted Non-Government
Organization Special Consultative Status by the United
Nations (UN) through its Economic and Social Council.
This Special Consultative Status will allow IRWA to
participate in UN meetings and events, interact with
other organizations holding the same status and impact
the world with our body of knowledge and body of
experience. In this role, we have the opportunity
to contribute our services and technical expertise
to a number of activities including information
dissemination, policy advocacy, joint operational
projects, and intergovernmental processes.
IRWA has joined the ranks of just more than 4,000
organizations in the world with this special status. In an
effort to spread our purpose and become an outward-facing organization, we now have the wonderful
opportunity to be heard by a truly global audience and
contribute to its agenda.
IRWA Headquarters successfully completed
a new staff development program, Project Eli
(Emerging Leader Innovator). Led by Deidre
Alves, IRWA’s Chief Learning Officer, this
challenging program was offered to a select
number of high performers at headquarters.
The program was designed to provide the tools
needed to develop their area of impact and
purpose as an emerging innovator.
Project Eli Objectives:
• To develop leadership, self-awareness and
• To increase individual sphere of impact within
• To cultivate an enterprise-mindset
• To participate in deep-case dynamic analysis
• To craft a unique and innovative solution,
product, or service for IRWA
Throughout the three-day program, the Project
Eli team had the opportunity to assess their
strengths and weaknesses, challenge themselves
with various exercises and gain a number of
high-performing skills and tools. The program
ended with a successful team collaboration,
resulting in the creation of an exciting product
for the Association. This staff development
program is just one of the many ways in which
Headquarters is working to ensure the delivery
of quality products and services to the entire
IRWA Granted Special UN Status
Staff Completes Emerging Leaders Program
Inside the Association
The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Deidre Alves, M.Ed., celebrates her five year anniversary with IRWA.
IRWA staff is recognized at the culmination of Project Eli. From left is International President Jerry Colburn, SR/WA, DeOnna Koonce, Carlos Gonzales, Amir Vafamanesh, Astrid Anaya and Mark Rieck. Kneeling in front is Deidre Alves and Ethel Navales.