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Connect. Inspire. Empower. 


What is a Sister Society's purpose?

  • Sister Societies are groups of GWLN members and non-members established on a local level to further GWLN's global mission by making a local impact.
  • The purpose is to convene credit union women, discuss credit union issues, exchange ideas, network with neighboring credit union leaders, and provide education to share lessons learned with Network members worldwide.

How many Sister Societies are there?

  • Currently we have 162 Sister Societies in 28 countries.
  • Attendees at local sister society events are strongly encouraged to join GWLN after their first sister society/ chapter meeting. This supports the initiative to offer scholarships and empowerment grants, provide education and learning opportunties and grow the network.

Who is eligible to join?

  • GWLN is open to all. Anyone directly connected to the international credit union industry can join as a member.  
  • Becoming a member takes less than five minutes and can be completed online here or via the mobile application.
  • Anyone connected to a credit union is welcome to attend sister society meetings.
  • You are encouraged to join other Sister Society meetings, virtually or in person.
  • If you are interested in starting a sister society in your area, contact us at

  • GWLN members are dues-paying (or have joined from a developing cooperative country). They receive full benefits of a GWLN membership. Please visit our Membership page for more information.
  • GWLN Sister Society attendees are NOT GWLN members and do not pay dues. They do not receive full benefits of a GWLN membership. Sister Society attendees can attend any GWLN Sister Society meeting, but they are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to join GWLN as a member.

What topics can we discuss at Sister Society meetings?

A sample of meeting topics includes:
  • Diversifying board representation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Fostering leadership skills
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • How to deal with harassment
  • Psychological Safety
  • Women in the workplace through COVD-19
  • Creating your personal mission statement
  • Racial disparities and its impact on communities 
  • Wellness, whole-hearted living and finding your success
  • Origin stories: female CU leaders share their journey
  • AND MORE! Have an interesting one to add? Let us know at