Register Online Now for the 2013 Global Women’s Leadership Forum in Ottawa, Canada

Half the Sky co-author Sheryl WuDunn to discuss women’s economic empowerment

April 11, 2013

Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: (608) 395-2000
Sheryl WuDunn, New York Times bestselling co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, will present research from her book at the Global Women's Leadership Forum, July 13–14.

MADISON, Wis. — The Global Women's Leadership Network has opened online registration for the fifth annual Global Women's Leadership Forum, an exclusive event for network members, July 13–14, prior to the 2013 World Credit Union Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Registration for both the network and the forum are now available at

"The purpose of the Global Women's Leadership Network is to support women achieving management and leadership positions in the global credit union movement," said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO. "The Global Women's Leadership Forum provides members the opportunity to network with colleagues from very diverse backgrounds and expertise within and outside the industry. The forum brought together 70 women leaders from around the world at last year's event, and we expect a much larger gathering this year in Ottawa."

Participants at this year's forum will hear from Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of New York Times best-seller Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which inspired a PBS television series and international women's rights movement. She will present research from her book, as well as participate in a panel discussion centered on economic empowerment.

"It is my pleasure to be part of such a wonderful gathering of important women who are helping change the world," WuDunn said. "I am excited to share with you the struggles and opportunities for women all around the globe." 

The Global Women's Leadership Forum, which serves as the Global Women's Leadership Network's flagship event, will also offer several opportunities for members to share ideas and learn from their credit union counterparts around the globe. Educational and international networking events will include:

  • Worldwide Foundation Golf Tournament (July 13, separate fee and registration apply)
  • Global Women's Networking Reception (July 13)
  • Global Women's Leadership Forum Workshop (July 14, members only)
  • International Sister Society Meeting (members only)
  • Networking Lounge (throughout the conference, members only)

The Global Women's Leadership Network is a World Council of Credit Unions program. It is the world's only peer-to-peer credit union women's leadership organization that connects women around the world to engage in personal and professional growth, international credit union development and peer networking and support. More than 350 women from 35 countries have been involved with the network since its inception, with regional sister societies in multiple locations including Canada, Fiji, Jamaica and the United States.

Women credit union leaders and volunteers can sign up for membership at Credit unions, service organizations and vendors are also invited to join and may appoint two women leaders to represent their organizations. Sign up for the forum at or email for more ways to get involved.

Learn more about the 2013 World Credit Union Conference, July 14–17, at

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 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 68,882 credit unions in 109 countries serve 235 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at