I joined the network to really make a difference. In February of 2008, Mike and I were window shopping in San Diego and saw the most amazing print from a book, Women Empowered. It was a pictorial of women around the world that have dedicated their lives to making a difference. That summer, I was invited to facilitate a Board planning session for the World Council of Credit Unions. It was inspirational and I was truly touched to see the work that credit unions are doing around the world. Soon after, I was invited by Dr. Branch to visit the WOCCU offices to learn about a new initiative that they were developing, the Global Women’s Leadership Network…
It clicked with me as I have always believed that women can be the hub of the home, the community and now of the credit union movement globally. What if we create a network of women who join together, combine their skills and create micro-finance and leadership opportunities?
From that time on, I have dedicated countless hours, volunteering as an advisor to help launch the initiative. I am proud of the effort, proud of the 100 members who are now sharing ideas and the numerous programs the WOCCU has now developed for women. 21 countries are now involved and we have funded numerous scholarships to help our credit union sisters attend educational forums.
We can make a difference! There are so many issues in the credit union industry today, that it gets tough to focus on the core purpose of “people helping people.” This initiative renews my faith…
Mitchell, Stankovic and Associates