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Global Women's Leadership Forum speaker: 'People value authenticity'
GOLD COAST, Australia (7/30/14)--The 2014 Global Women's Leadership Forum, held in partnership with Australian Women in Mutuals during World Council of Credit Union's World Credit Union Conference, included research presented by keynote speaker Louise Mahler about strengthening women's verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
 
Click to view larger image Dr. Louise Mahler, vocal intelligence expert, discusses powerful communication skills at the 2014 Global Women's Leadership Forum in Gold Coast, Australia.
The Global Women's Leadership Network meets annually in conjunction with the World Credit Union Conference. More than 125 women credit union leaders from 24 countries attended Monday's event in Gold Coast, Australia.
 
Mahler presented research on harnessing the art of face-to-face communication to improve women's leadership effectiveness in the digital age. She explained the qualities of both male and female leaders throughout history--based on body language, words and voice.
 
"People value authenticity. We need a model of authenticity, which is what I call vocal intelligence, to change the notion of perceived leadership," said Mahler, an opera performer of 15 years. "It all starts in the mind, which influences the body. The voice is an outcome. Once you learn how to unlock your authenticity and clear the body, you will hear the voice. Women cannot afford to get this wrong."
 
The forum also included a panel discussion on overcoming leadership obstacles faced by women credit union leaders. Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, president/CEO of $2.2 billion-assets Travis CU, Vacaville, Calif., moderated the discussion, which included Louise Petschler, president/CEO of Customer Owned Banking Association, Australia; Barbara Gascoigne, general manager of Jamaica Teachers' Association Cooperative Credit Union Ltd.; and Luse Tamani, secretariat officer of Oceania Confederation of Credit Union Leagues, Pacific.
 
Click to view larger image The leadership forum panel discussion presented perspectives on solutions to women's leadership obstacles from the U.S., Australia, Jamaica and the Pacific. (World Council of Credit Unions photos)
Winners of the 2014 Global Women's Leadership Network scholarships presented projects designed to solve a problem or meet a need at each of their credit unions or within their communities. Network members will vote during the conference on which of the six scholarship winners will receive network support for the implementation of their project. The winner will be announced during the World Credit Union Conference's closing ceremony today.
 
Prior to the forum, Louise Aubusson, Australian Women in Mutuals co-leader, was honored with the Global Women's Leadership Network's 2014 Athene Award Saturday evening at the Global Women's Leadership Networking Reception, sponsored by Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates. The annual award is named for the Greek goddess of reason, intelligence, arts and agriculture, and honors outstanding work in the area of women's leadership.


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