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Happy Mother's Day!

I want to wish every Mother a very happy Mother's Day! Did you know that...women's peace groups marked the first efforts at creating a day to honor mothers in the United States? This occurred around the time of the Civil War when women who had lost sons in the war came together. Ann Jarvis was the first to found a committee which would create a day called, "Mother's Friendship Day" in 1868. Unfortunately, Ann passed away before she could see her dream of an annual holiday for mothers come to pass. In 1872, Julia Ward Howe spearheaded a Mother's Day observance along with a "Mother's Day Proclamation". This movement lost momentum and dissipated. In 1877, a Mother's Day observance was held on May 13th in Albion, Michigan. Finally, in 1904 the first public request was made by Frank E. Hering for a "national day to honor our mothers."

To all my GWLN Sisters, have a wonderful day!


The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) lacks diversity among its employees. In an article by Credit Union Times journalist Heather Anderson, NCUA’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion points out that minorities only represent a small percentage of credit union employees; a percentage that is even smaller when it comes to high-er  level positions. Although women make up 46% of their employees, only one fourth of NCUA’s senior pay level positions are held by women.  Within the U.S. credit union industry, women comprise almost half of senior positions but minorities make up only 11%. To face this challenge, NCUA recommends (among other suggestions) that credit unions include diversity goals in their strategic plans.

What strategies do you suggest to promote the inclusion of minorities and women?

To read full article please click here
To read the report released by the NCUA’s Office of Minorities and Women Inclusion please click here

Don’t forget to take a look at our new Spring Newsletter!

Challenges Facing Women in Leadership Positions, Community Outreach, Facilitating Greater Access to CUs Worldwide, Impact of Women in Society

Are Women Better Leaders Than Men?

We hope you had the chance to have a look at some tips for better leadership that can be found at the resource library..

Recently, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, CEO and President of Zenger/Folkman, a leadership development consultancy, wrote an interesting article that analyzes men and women leadership. They surveyed more than 7,000 leaders and results showed that even though women leaders are outnumbered by men, their performance are more valued by their peers. The authors hypothesize that one of the explanation for this finding is that women leaders need to work harder than men to be recognized.

To read this article, please click on:



And don’t forget to give your opinion/experience as a credit union women leader!

Challenges Facing Women in Leadership Positions, Impact of Women in Society

Tips for better leadership

We know how challenging being a leader can be. Whatever sizes your country, credit union or company might be, you work hard raising awareness, promoting of credit unions and making our world a better place. We'd like to share some tips given by Mark Sanborn, President of Sanborn & Associates, Inc. to help you being successful leaders.

Please visit our Resource Library on the "Leadership Development" section to download the PDF file.

Thanks for your hard work,

-Global Women's Leadership Network

Challenges Facing Women in Leadership Positions, Member Discussions

Credit Unions' Access to Mobile Technology

Dear ladies,


Today, we all know that efficient telecommunications, even more mobile phones, are an absolute must to carry out our businesses. But did you know that women throughout the world have an unequal access to mobile phones?

In a very informative article, Cammie Erickson, from the non-profit organization “Business of a Better World” (BSR), talks about a “significant gender gap”. Using data from the “GSMA mWomen Programme” (attached as a PDF document in the article), she points out four policy recommendations to address this gap. More than providing better access, what Cammie Erickson considers as crucial is improving women’s literacy in technology. A few innovations and partnerships already exist to empower women through mobile technology.


To read the article, please click on:



What about you? Do you and/or your members have good access to this kind of technology? 


And if you’d like to have further details about the role and value of Mobile Technology in our Credit Union world, please read WOCCU’s President & CEO, Brian Branch’s post in CUInsight:



-Global Women’s Leadership Network

Challenges Facing Women in Leadership Positions, Engaging the Next Generation of CU Members, Facilitating Greater Access to CUs Worldwide, Internal Operations, Member Service, Technology

Canadian credit unions focus on International Women's Day

The Canadian Co-Operative Association highlighted International Women's Day in their newsletter today.  Take a look at what they're doing locally and around the world with credit union development.



Community Outreach, Engaging the Next Generation of CU Members, Events, Impact of Women in Society, Networking, Program Updates

Happy International Women’s Day!

On behalf of the Global Women’s Leadership Network I want to personally wish you a very happy International Women’s Day (IWD).

The day, March 8, has been observed since 1911 when oppression and inequality spurred women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change.

Today IWD is celebrated around the world and continues to raise awareness on the important issues affecting today’s women. I am honored to have you as a part of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, paving the way in the credit union industry and empowering women globally with access to much needed financial resources.

Take a moment to explore the deep history of the day and also check your area for local events. I hope you find inspiration and take time to celebrate our many collective accomplishments.

Enjoy your day!

Nicole Bice

Impact of Women in Society, Networking

Working from Home: The Future of Credit Unions?


We would love to know about the leadership methods you apply to your credit unions!

Attached is a great article written by Tony Schwartz, President & CEO of The Energy Project, dealing with management, productivity and work life balance.


In this article he gives a very interesting perspective of employees’ work management that he used for his company: working at home! Inspired by Best Buy’s corporate employees "Results Only Work Environment" program, he introduces a management technique based no longer on the number of hours an employee make but rather on giving them more freedom in their schedule while requiring them to produce more results.

What do you think about this article? What challenges and accomplishments might you expect from implementing this system in your CU?

Let us know!

-Global Women’s Leadership Network

Challenges Facing Women in Leadership Positions, Internal Operations

Keys to Sucessful Succession Planning

Heads up!

Sarah Snell Cooke, Credit Union Times' Editor-in-Chief and current member of the Global Women's Network, gives the well-qualified women executives some tips about getting into leadership positions in the credit unions world. In a very interesting column, she explains the pool of opportunities longtime leaders' retirement represents for women leaders. Among the concerned people, Crystal Long, President & CEO of GECU replacing our Network Member Harriet May; Carla Altepeter, also one of our members, who succeeded Dennis Cutter as President & CEO of Numerica Credit Union. She also introduces a new CUTimes' program called "Women To Watch", a great tool to shine a spotlight on exceptional female executives in the credit union industry.

To read the full article, please click on:


We hope to see many of you at the GAC breakfast next month!

-Global Women's Leadership Network


Challenges Facing Women in Leadership Positions, Engaging the Next Generation of CU Members, Facilitating Greater Access to CUs Worldwide, Impact of Women in Society

Mental Feng Shui

A colleague recently shared this with me and I thought you all might enjoy it as well. ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. TWO. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want. THREE. When you say, 'I love you,' mean it. FOUR. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye. FIVE. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much. SIX. In disagreements, fight fairly. SEVEN. Talk slowly but think quickly. EIGHT. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?' NINE. Remember that great achievements often involve great risk. TEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson. ELEVEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions. TWELVE. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship. THIRTEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. FOURTEEN. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice. FIFTEEN. Spend some time alone to relax and regroup.
Networking, Member Discussions
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