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The British Global Women’s Leadership Network hosts its first meeting

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29 Mar 19

This week, credit union professionals from across the country came together for the inaugural meeting of the British Global Women’s Leadership Network.

The meeting was an opportunity to shape the direction, impact and aims for the years ahead.  “It was empowering to be in a room of inspirational women leaders from across the British Credit Union Sector” said Beth Welsh from Pioneer Mutual Credit Union who is leading the network.

The network is part of a Global movement that is dedicated to addressing the gender imbalance among credit union leadership positons worldwide.  Since its establishment, GWLN has grown to more than 2600 female and male members with more than 80 chapters across 18 countries.

The Network provides an annual scholarship to female leaders within the credit union sector so they develop new skills, tools and resources to make an impact in their credit union. Last year, Beth Welsh was awarded one of four scholarships for the GWLN which she began at the World Credit Union Conference in Singapore.

The scholarship is dedicated to empowering and advancing women and young leaders within the credit union movement. Speaking about her experience in Singapore, Beth said: “The key theme that I took from this was that we must embrace our differences and embed equality within our culture through attitude not through policy alone.”

Looking onto the future of the network, Beth added that: “I look forward to taking the GWLN forward in Britain and I’m excited for the next steps. The afternoon’s discussions produced exciting objectives for the network and the way forward. I would like to thank all of the attendees, No 1 Copperpot for hosting, and the sector for supporting the network.”

The Program Director for the GWLN,  congratulated Beth and attendees of this week’s meeting, for leading the charge to launch a new network in Britain, Eleni said: “Thank you for all you do and I’m thrilled to work alongside you as we continue growing the network.”

 

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