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Global Womens Leadership Network names scholarships
MADISON, Wis. (5/25/10)—Eleven women who are current or potential future leaders in the credit union movement will receive scholarships to attend the 2010 Global Women’s Leadership Forum thanks to donations by members of the sponsoring organization, the Global Women's Leadership Network, a program of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU).
Click to view larger image Named as this year's network scholarship recipients are Eliane Jose Ferreira, Brazil; Elenora Zgonjanin Petrovic, Macedonia; Elena Koleda, Belarus; Maria de Lourdes de Jesus Montalbo, Mexico; and Catherine Mwamba, Purity Maina, Mercy Macharia and Susan Gachora, all from Kenya. In addition, the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada will fund scholarships for Swanzie Success Mawerenga, Malawi; and Rose Angeyamgo, Uganda; and the Louisiana Credit Union League will fund a scholarship for Natalia Vydrina, Russia. The photo above shows the network's first forum in Barcelona in 2009. (Photo provided by the World Council of CUs)
The scholarship recipients all will receive a one-year membership to the leadership network and free registration to attend the July 10-11 Global Women's Leadership Forum at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Several of the recipients also will have their travel expenses and registration covered for The 1 Credit Union Conference, scheduled concurrently at the same location. The Global Women's Leadership Network, which debuted last year at WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona, Spain, was formed to recognize the important role of women in credit unions around the world, as well as their roles at the community and family levels, said Brian Branch, WOCCU executive vice president and chief operating officer, when announcing the scholarships. "Through our development work we have seen how important women have become in helping sustain and build credit union movements not only through their institutional involvement, but through participation in savings and lending groups that help support their families and strengthen their communities," said Branch. "Our goal is to support those current and potential women leaders and help bring their commitment and expertise to new levels of achievement. The Global Women's Leadership Network provides women with an international network that engages them in professional and personal development," he added. WOCCU reports that the network now counts more than 100 women from more than 20 countries among its members. There will be a July 14 session at the conference for those interested in learning more about the network or becoming a member. There is a second invitation-only forum event offered by the network this year in conjunction with The 1 Credit Union Conference, a joint event that combines the Credit Union National Association's America's Credit Union Conference and WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference. The July 11 session will focus on educational presentations, confidential peer-to-peer exchanges and candid discussions on business-driven topics. The network also is hosting T-Up Fore WOCCU, a golf tournament fundraiser, the proceeds of which will help fund future network scholarships and development programs.
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