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Congresswoman Jackie Speier to join us at the upcoming GAC breakfast

We are excited that Congresswoman Jackie Speier (representing California’s 12th congressional district) has agreed to speak at the Global Women’s Leadership Network breakfast at the GAC on March 1st. She has a strong record on consumer finance issues; she was an early supporter of the independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and she is an advocate for credit unions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Challenges Facing Women in Leadership Positions, Community Outreach, CU Boards / Volunteers, Internal Operations

Busia Brainstorm - Suggestion #2

Mairi MacGregor wrote in with this suggestion...."In the UK, a lot of schools set up a 'walking bus'.  This is a way of getting everybody to walk together to make sure everyone arrives safely, everyone in a line of 3-4 abreast, with adults at the front, middle and rear and passing designated points at certain times.  Often parents volunteer, but with children in a home it could be helpers at the home, or if you have kids up to 18 they could supervise the younger ones.  Some schools will issue fluorescent bibs so that children are easily seen and identified as part of the walking bus." 


What a great idea!  Thanks for sharing this with us, Mairi!

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

Busia Brainstorm - Suggestion

Why not get some three wheel bicycle taxis for the older kids to pedal the younger kids to school? 


Busia Brainstorm

One of the biggest challenges for Stella and the staff at the children’s home is to keep the children clean and healthy in a home that is filled beyond capacity, has dirt floors, and lacks an on-site water supply.  Because of these reasons and many more, the Busia Compassionate Centre and WOCCU have purchased new land and plan to build a new home for the children.  

With this new home comes a new challenge – getting the kids to school. The land is located about 1.5 miles from the local public schools that the children attend. Fifty-five children ages 7 to 18 will travel this distance twice a day to attend classes.  What is the best way for the children to travel as safely and efficiently as possible?

Help us come up with a solution as we discuss this issue!
Challenges Facing Women in Leadership Positions, Community Outreach, Facilitating Greater Access to CUs Worldwide

What did you do to celebrate International Credit Union Day?


10/23/10- Veracruz, Mexico: Greetings from Mexico!  Caja Yanga celebrated International Credit Union Day and the Day of the Board Member by welcoming a delegation from SERVUS Credit Union of Canada.  During the celebration we signed a partnership agreement with SERVUS and showed the group how we utilize PDAs in our credit union.  Eventaully, a few of the Caja Yanga staff will be traveling to Canada to get a better understanding of credit union operations in Canada!

On a personal note, I am getting ready to assume my new position as Manager of Internal Controls at our credit union.

Best Wishes,
Maria de Lourdes de Jesus Montalbo
Caja Popular de Ahorros Yanga
Veracurz, Mexico

Challenges Facing Women in Leadership Positions

Continued Growth

The cooperative credit in Brazil has gained more credibility every day, with a membership of more people and businesses of medium and small size, this growth has been greater than our technological capabilities to innovate with an even faster. As at the beginning of our history were functioning most strongly in the rural sector would like to share strategies used in other countries to work with small companies and strategies to mobilize additional resources in the medium and long term.

I salute all the women in strengthening their tireless cooperatives jkbgrando@hotmail.com

Engaging the Next Generation of CU Members

Pacific Congress - Our GWLN vision lives!

Our GWLN vision lives! Each time we take a next step in our journey towards uniting CU women worldwide, I am in awe of my new sisters. In Papua New Guinea at the Pacific Congress, WOCCU held an impromptu GWLN development session. There were women from all the islands attending and their stories were inspiring. Leaders in their communities, leaders in their homes and leaders at their credit unions. Yet, their greatest pride were their children and their greatest commitment was to a better future for their members! Women globally share our vision!

CU Boards / Volunteers

GWLN Professional Development session at the Pacific Congress

I had a blast teaching a Professional Development session on Presentation Skills for Women at the GWLN Session in PNG. We discussed self confidence, importance of perceptions, strong posture, researching custom content, using relevant media, knowing your style, and engaging the audience with interaction. We challenged each other to construct a personal brand elevator speech that we can stand, deliver and build upon our networks by making an excellent first impression. Go ladies, I believe in you...

CU Boards / Volunteers

The Global Glass Ceiling: why empowering women is good for business

vbreunig@woccu.org posted on August 27, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Recommended reading. I whittled down my thick pile of magazines as I flew to Seattle recently. (By the way, thanks to network member Shari Storm, Verity, for setting up a lunch with seven area credit union marketing directors; we had a lively discussion about the Vegas Forum.) One article flew to the top of my "to share" pile. Check out The Global Glass Ceiling: why empowering women is good for business. It's from Foreign Affairs, a bi-monthly somewhat academic but varied read my best friend from high school recommended to me a year ago. Global Women's Leadership Network members can subscribe for a special subscription rate of $27 (a 15% discount) here: www.foreignaffairs.com/woccu. The article includes interesting case studies from companies such as General Electric, Nike and Goldman Sachs. I apologize if I just added another magazine to your thick pile of reading!

Brian's Blog

nbice@woccu.org posted on August 13, 2010 at 8:57 AM

One of the blessings of working at WOCCU is that we frequently have the opportunity to travel around the world and witness the credit union movement "in action".  We can see first-hand the effects of new regulation or the impact of an innovative savings product on a small farming community.  In addition to sharing these experiences with you on this blog, you should check out Brian Branch's personal blog at http://makingadifference.posterous.com/.  Brian Branch is WOCCU's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and he keeps a blog of his travels and international experiences.  I've copied the lastest entry for you to get a sneak preview but visit Brian's Blog for the full entry...


Posted on August 7, 2010

"Residents in rural towns in Mexico knew that at a particular hour on one day a week a representative from the credit union would be present to take deposits or loan payments or to disburse loans.  Still the credit unions looked for ways that they could expand the hours of access for their members. 

Credit unions in Guatemala had addressed this by placing POS devices in the store or restaurants or gas stations which were owned by members of the credit unions..."

Community Outreach
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