LAS VEGAS – Stan Hollen, president and CEO of CO-OP Financial Services, has received the first of what will be an annual award for contributions to worldwide credit union women's leadership development from the Global Women’s Leadership Network, a program of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). The award was accepted by Kimberley Hester, CO-OP Financial Services’ executive vice president of network services, at a reception for the 2010 Global Women’s Leadership Forum held in conjunction with The 1 Credit Union Conference, the recent joint event co-sponsored by Credit Union National Association and WOCCU.
“Stan Hollen is a key leader within the credit union industry,” said Susan Mitchell, network chair and chief executive officer of credit union consulting firm Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates in Boulder City, Nev. “He believes in developing future leaders – especially women leaders – throughout the credit union movement. His actions support the network’s vision to provide women with the resources to make a measurable difference in the lives of each other, of credit union members and their communities.”
Hollen was recognized for his ongoing support not only of individual U.S. women credit union leaders, but also of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, according to Mitchell. At Hollen’s direction, CO-OP Financial Services sponsored the network’s inaugural golf outing, an event that raised more than $40,000 for the network.
"It is with pleasure that I accept this award from WOCCU and the Global Women's Leadership Network," said Hollen. "I believe in supporting the credit union industry and leadership development is of critical importance as we face future challenges. It is an honor to know that I have helped to create opportunities for women."
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.