The Global Women's Leadership Network, an advocacy group that connects credit union women leaders worldwide, has nine new participants from the Iowa Credit Union League.
Created in 2009 by WOCCU, the GWLN connects CU women executives to engage them in professional and personal development through programs, educational forums and social media. The network also offers international perspectives on common challenges that credit unions around the globe face, including growth strategies, alternative capital and operational efficiencies.
Among the new enrollees is Ginger Heckman, member business lending coordinator with Community Business Lenders.
"Women are fortunate in the U.S. to have already gained a high measure of respectability as business leaders. That didn't happen overnight; we needed a strong support network over many years. So it will be very exciting to be able to provide support and insight to women business leaders in developing countries as they strive to gain independence and respect," Heckman said.
Patrick Jury, league president/CEO, said GWLN will help provide an essential aspect to leadership development, which is continuing education and awareness.