We are making a difference! Global Women's Leadership Network had its first U.S. project engagement in Ventura, Calif. (USA). The five-day session gave participants an opportunity to see World Council's outreach iPhone program in action. This progressive mobile application allows the credit union to reach out to current and potential members at remote access points. The participants visited farms, volunteered at community organizations, toured credit union facilities, had bike rides on the beach with the CEO to engage in discussions and formed lifelong friendships that reinforce that doing the right thing is also good business. Here are just a few comments:
You can appreciate why I feel “I left my heart in Ventura,” although I brought all of these shining stars in my heart – as well as brought back with me some ideas on how to perhaps contribute to the success of SMCU serving the underserved, Barry’s culture, vision, passion and commitment. I can’t wait to see the pictures and share the experience with our San Francisco “Sisterhood“ at our meeting in August.
- Connie Paniagua, San Mateo Credit Union, San Mateo, Calif. (USA)
We had a wonderful time on our trip. I met Joe Schroeder, CEO, from VCCU, Brandi Stankovic of Mitchell, Stankovic, and Associates, and Nicole Bice from World Council. All nice people. Joe's credit union is really neat. They know their membership and are working to make sure that they service them in every way possible. WOCCU put on a very informative and well organized conference. During our trip to the fields, we observed workers picking celery, which reminded me of going out on my grandfather's farm back home. Edith from the credit union sets up for business in their break room. She has programming on an iPhone so she can sign members up and make transactions. This was my first experience with a bilingual group, so it was very interesting to me to observe the interaction. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to go!
- Donita Wendt, Ser Technology, Dallas, Texas (USA).
It was a great time, and I really enjoyed spending time with all these ladies. It was good and made me feel more connected with GWLN and WOCCU. I still have a heart for reaching the people in the fields, and I think we can find a way to do that, especially here in Santa Cruz.
- Beth Carr, Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, Santa Cruz, Calif. (USA)