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Global Women's Network Spreads The Word In Florida
ORLANDO, Fla.  (6/25/13)--"Moving up the corporate ladder" was the topic of discussion for more than 60 women credit union leaders convened at a Global Women's Leadership Network luncheon in Orlando last week. The event was held in conjunction with the League of Southeastern Credit Unions Annual Convention and Exposition.

Panelists at the event included network members:

  • Laida Garcia, president/CEO of Floridacentral, Tampa;
  • Pat Wesenberg, board president of the Credit Union National Association and president/CEO of Central City CU, Marshfield, Wis.; and
  • Laurie Maddalena, founder and CEO of Envision Excellence, an executive coaching and organizational development firm.
"From the high degree of participation and positive feedback received, it is clear that the Global Women's Leadership Network is making a positive impact in the lives of program attendees and their members," Garcia said. "Word is spreading about the benefits of connecting with credit union women around the world and of taking advantage of networking opportunities like this one."

The speakers addressed questions related to attaining leadership positions in the credit union industry and provided advice on the professional development of women seeking such responsibilities, including the role of mentoring.

Several participants expressed interest in forming a Global Women's Leadership Network sister society in Florida. Network member Fredda McDonald, executive vice president credit union experience for PSCU, presented the World Council of Credit Unions with funds on behalf of the Florida-based credit union to support further development of regional sister societies and other international networking opportunities through World Council.

The Global Women's Leadership Network connects women from credit union movements around the world and engages them in professional and personal development through social media and educational forums. Sister societies are local groups of the network's members who meet regionally to discuss important issues impacting women credit union leaders and to build local cooperative projects.

There are nine active sister societies in Canada, Fiji, Jamaica, Malawi and across the U.S. For more information, use the link.
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