MADISON, Wis. — Five women from five countries will attend the 2012 Global Women's Leadership Forum in Gdańsk, Poland, thanks to scholarships from the Global Women's Leadership Network. The network, co-founded by World Council of Credit Unions and the Canadian Co-operative Association, will hold its annual education and networking forum in conjunction with World Council's World Credit Union Conference next month.
"The Global Women's Leadership Network is designed to empower and support women credit union leaders worldwide," said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO. "This is one example of our focus on building a strong global credit union community."
This year's recipients include: Lara Thomas, founder of The MILLA Project in the United States; Jedidah Nyongesa Musamali, program manager at the Social Entrepreneurship Program under Goezraal Springs Empowerment Foundation in Kenya; Gail Rajkumar, executive director and public relations officer at TATECO Credit Union Co-op Society, Ltd., in Trinidad; Yamata Karki, program coordinator and social worker at the Prakritinagar Women Independent Group and Nayapati Savings and Credit Cooperative, Ltd., in Nepal; and Arou Christine Tanyi, network operations manager for the Cameroon Cooperative Credit Union League. The five recipients will receive a one-year membership to the network and a cash stipend to attend the 2012 forum.
"The Global Women's Leadership Network is dedicated to sharing resources to build an even stronger credit union movement worldwide," said Susan Mitchell, CEO of Mitchell, Stankovic Associates and Network chair. "I look forward to meeting the scholarship recipients, hearing their compelling stories and exchanging ideas that we can take back to our organizations to make a difference."
The Global Women's Leadership Network was formed in 2009 to promote the professional and personal development of credit union women around the world through one-to-one networking, social media, peer-to-peer partnerships and educational workshops.
This year's Global Women's Leadership Forum, scheduled for July 15 prior to the start of the World Credit Union Conference, will offer members the opportunity to connect face-to-face with women from other credit union movements around the globe, create lifetime alliances and learn from successful women outside the industry. Speakers include branding expert Jiao Zhang, a partner with marketing research and strategy firm Attune, and international development professional Gabriela Zapata, consultant for the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor.
On July 14, one day prior to the forum, the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions will host a charity golf tournament to benefit the network and help fund future scholarships and development programs designed to alleviate poverty by empowering women around the world with access to financial services. To register for the golf fundraiser, visit www.woccu.org/golf.
For more information and to register for the Global Women's Leadership Forum, visit www.LetsGdansk2012.org/wcuc_global_woman.
More information about the World Credit Union Conference can be found at www.Let'sGdansk2012.org.
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.