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Global Women's Network Scholarship Winners Announced
MADISON, Wis. (7/3/13)--
Click to view larger image Seventy women from around the globe met at last year's Global Women's Leadership Forum in Gdansk, Poland. Nearly 100 women, including seven scholarship winners, will attend this year's event in Ottawa, Canada. (Photos provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
Seven women from Canada, Kenya, Macedonia, Malawi and Thailand will join nearly 100 women from 11 countries for the fifth annual Global Women's Leadership Forum in Ottawa, Canada, thanks to scholarships from two credit unions and a service provider.
The scholarships are from Lake Trust CU,  Brighton, Mich.; Numerica CU, Spokane Valley, Wash.; and The Members Group (TMG) in Iowa.
The annual forum will be held in conjunction with World Council of Credit Unions' World Credit Union Conference at the Ottawa Convention Center July 14-17.
Recipients of the 2013 Global Women's Leadership Network scholarship recipients are:
  • Lisa Marie Bonin, corporate procurement specialist, Servus CU, Canada;
  • Kruewan Chonlanai, manager, Central Finance Facility Department, Credit Union League of Thailand Ltd.;
  • Barbara Gascoigne, general manager, Jamaica Teachers' Association Cooperative Credit Union Ltd.;
  • Jelangat Irene, SACCO operations manager, Belgut Rural Women SACCO, Kenya;
  • Triza Tsiga Magreta, general manager, Mudi SACCO, Malawi;
  • Cheryl Rettschlag, manager, Banking Support Services, Servus CU, Canada; and
  • Eleonora Zgonjanin Petrovikj, CEO, FULM Savings House, Macedonia.
They will receive varying levels of support to participate in the forum as well as a one-year network membership. TMG also sponsored an additional scholarship for Elenita San Rogue, CEO, Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions.

In honor of former Entrust Financial CU CEO Susan Adams, who died April 8 after a battle with cancer, Phoenix-based Arizona State CU, established the Susan Adams Scholarship Fund to support women from developing countries through their participation in the Global Women's Leadership Network. The scholarship will offset membership dues and costs associated with the network's annual forum for the next three years, said World Council. Entrust is based in Richmond, Va.

"Susan supported initiatives that were all about making life better for those in need," said David Doss, Arizona State CU president/CEO, who served with Adams on the PSCU board of directors. "As a woman in the industry, she cared about the opportunity that she could provide as a mentor and leader to others."  He noted that Adams and her husband, who retired last year, served the credit union industry for more than 30 years.

Attendees of the 2013 Global Women's Leadership Forum will hear from Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of New York Times bestseller Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The book inspired a PBS television series and international women's rights movement, said World Council. She will present research from her book and participate in a panel discussion about economic empowerment.

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