Goodbye & Thank You to IPWS Outgoing President Tiziana Figliolia!

IPWS Board Members past & present send our very best wishes to outgoing President, Tiziana Figliolia, who has graciously served on the IPWS Board of Directors for several years and has now relocated to Boston, USA with her family. We extend our sincerest gratitude for her genuine commitment to the IPWS community and to the development of the organization as a whole. Her unwavering vision & leadership has added great depth to IPWS as a modern & dynamic place for women of Shanghai to connect locally & globally.

Among other projects, Tiziana worked with the Board to launch the very first IPWS Leadership Summit and to modernize the Women Leadership Awards, which recognize & celebrate women (and men) leaders in our community. She supported the creation of the Shanghai Chapter of Mentor Walks Asia, along with M on the Bund, Britcham, Austcham and Amcham, and developed clear channels for young professionals & senior executives to gather and share experiences through focused, roundtable events.

As IPWS President & Board Member, Tiziana worked with all of us to set high standards and goals for the organization and for ourselves, individually.  Her executive acumen and thoughtfulness have been invaluable, and she will certainly be missed in the day-to-day operations of IPWS. Volunteering is a tough time commitment, and Tiziana has set a great example for all future IPWS Board Members to follow. We welcome Tiziana to her new role as IPWS Advisor, and look forward to her continuing insights, inspiration and contribution.  

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the IPWS community, we thank you!



Here is a message from Tiziana, as featured in our Annual Report:

In the past year IPWS continued to stay true to its mission and cradled a place for ideas to converge and people to connect.  The result is visible in the success of our growing community of professional women from all walk of life, nationalities, ages and professional background.  The diversity that is so much debated and sought after is a reality, and I believe what makes the IPWS community so special.

As I end my four years term as Board Member and President of IPWS, I am filled with excitement and enthusiasm for what lies ahead.

Next year IPWS will celebrate its 25th anniversary and I couldnt be happier to note such an important milestone for our powerful community. As we discussed at the IPWS Leadership Summit in May, Power is the medium to which we relate to one another, and while doing so creating value in a networked world.  I am confident that the transformation from a roundtable of 12 to our current network reach of 5000+ women will continue and power the journey to a more equal and better world.

If you are a member of IPWS, I want to thank you for your interest and commitment. If you havent yet joined, now is the time!

Tiziana Figliolia

IPWS President and Board Member


Tiziana Figliolia IPWS

Tiziana Figliolia – President 2014 – 2017, IPWS Board Member since 2013

Tiziana is a global executive with more than 20 years’ experience in Finance, Business Strategy and Operation fields. In her career she has worked for a variety of companies and industries ranging from small start-ups to large high tech companies.

Tiziana recently joined PTC, a global provider of technology and solutions in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. As the Sr. Vice President of Finance, Tiziana leads all Finance functions across Asia Pacific. She is also the lead and core member for the Global Customer Operation Transformation and the CFO Talent Development programs.

Prior to joining PTC, Tiziana worked for Autodesk where she held different executive roles in the CFO and Sales organization across Europe, US, Asia and Worldwide Emerging Markets. As of late she was responsible for APac Business Strategy & Operation, focusing on the enablement and execution of the company’s strategic initiatives, such as the move to SaaS/Cloud business model.

Having worked and lived in the US, Europe and Asia, Tiziana has developed a strong acumen in cultural diversity and the ability to effectively manage cross-functional and cross-cultural teams.

Tiziana is passionate about the power of purposeful communities. She was the President and Board Member of IPWS – International Professional Women Society for 4 years, and during her time relaunched the Women Leadership Awards (now in its 10th year) and was a trailblazer in creating the IPWS Leadership Summit, which is held annually since 2016 Tiziana also serves in the Scholarship Committee of the World Academy for the Future of Women.

Tiziana holds an MBA from USC Marshall Business School in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universita’ Cattolica in Milan, Italy.