Five women from five countries will attend the 2012 Global Women's Leadership Forum in Gdańsk, Poland, next week courtesy of scholarships from the Global Women's Leadership Network.
The network, co-founded by World Council of Credit Unions and the Canadian Co-operative Association, will hold its annual education and networking forum in conjunction with the WOCCU Conference.
Formed in 2009, the network was created to promote the professional and personal development of credit union women around the world through one-to-one networking, social media, peer-to-peer partnerships and educational workshops.
According to Brian Branch, president/CEO of WOCCU, it serves as just one example of WOCCU’s focus on building a strong global credit union community.
This year's recipients include: Lara Thomas, founder of The MILLA Project in the United States; Jedidah Nyongesa Musamali, program manager at the Social Entrepreneurship Program under the Goezraal Springs Empowerment Foundation in Kenya; Gail Rajkumar, executive director and public relations officer at TATECO Credit Union Co-op Society Ltd., in Trinidad; Yamata Karki, program coordinator and social worker at the Prakritinagar Women Independent Group and Nayapati Savings and Credit Cooperative Ltd., in Nepal; and Arou Christine Tanyi, network operations manager for the Cameroon Cooperative Credit Union League.
The five recipients will receive a one-year membership to the network and a cash stipend to attend the 2012 forum.
This year's Global Women's Leadership Forum, slated for July 15, will include speakers such as branding expert Jiao Zhang, a partner with marketing research and strategy firm Attune, to international development professional Gabriela Zapata, consultant for the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor.
"The Global Women's Leadership Network is dedicated to sharing resources to build an even stronger credit union movement worldwide," said Susan Mitchell, network chair and CEO of Mitchell, Stankovic Associates. "I look forward to meeting the scholarship recipients, hearing their compelling stories and exchanging ideas that we can take back to our organizations to make a difference."