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When women join the Global Women’s Leadership Network, they are asked, "Why did you join?" Members’ top answers—regardless of age, position, country or culture—include: networking, mentoring, making a difference or helping others, leadership development and participating in open and honest discussions. Since its inception, the Network has involved more than 600 women from 40 countries, all with a common vision and drive. Think of what can be accomplished when 600 women around the world put their heads, hearts and talents together!


The Network is a World Council of Credit Unions initiative to advance credit union women in leadership and is sponsored by both credit unions and system partners including Gold Level Sponsor CUNA Mutual Group


The Network provides a unique opportunity for credit union women to make a global impact by sharing business knowledge, resources and experiences with industry peers. Regional Sister Society groups have been established in multiple locations in the U.S. and throughout the world.


By supporting the professional development of credit union leaders, the Network empowers members to expand their credit unions’ impact and make a difference in their communities. Together, members position themselves for growth and help their colleagues discover the power of an international network in influencing their careers and impacting credit unions worldwide.


Six women from Azerbaijan, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Thailand and the U.S. recently received a 2014 Global Women’s Leadership Network scholarship. Scholarships facilitate Network membership and participation in the Global Women’s Leadership Forum and World Credit Union Conference in Gold Coast, Australia.


This year’s recipients will compete to receive additional support for the implementation of field projects that they will lead in their communities. Designed by the recipients themselves, these development projects will harness the energy and expertise of Network members around the world, who will have an opportunity to volunteer and assist with implementation.


Anyone can and is encouraged to get involved! Those who decide to take a personal interest in the projects will foster the scholarship recipient’s professional development, as well as make a tangible difference in the international credit union community.


Network members cite many reasons for participating, but Triza Tsiga Magreta, a 2014 scholarship winner from Malawi, appreciates the nurturing environment.

"Women in group undertakings have an edge to learn from other successful fellow women in a trust-covered environment," she said. 


Learn more about the Network and nominate yourself or someone else for involvement!.

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