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What is a Sister Society?

 
 
 

What is a Sister Society's purpose?

  • Sister Societies are GWLN chapters established on a local level around the world to further the 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 145 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 in purchasing a pink item, makes a contribution to the program, and encourages male colleagues to join as GWLN members too.
 

How can I join?

  • 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, especially when offered virtually!
  • If you are interested in starting a sister society in your area, contact us at cuwomen@woccu.org
Distinction between GWLN SISTER SOCIETY MEMBER and GWLN CHAPTER ATTENDEE

  • 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 chapter attendees are NOT GWLN members and do not pay dues. They do not receive full benefits of a GWLN membership. Chapter attendees are allowed to attend GWLN Sister Society meetings but are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to join as a member.

What topics can we discuss at Sister Society meetings?

  • Diversifying board representation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Fostering leadership skills
  • How to deal with sexual harassment
  • 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 cuwomen@woccu.org