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Greathouse receives Global Womens award
GLASGOW, Scotland (8/10/11)--Greta Greathouse, chief of party for the World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) development program in Haiti, has been honored with the second annual Leadership Award from the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), a WOCCU program.
Click to view larger image Greta Greathouse (left), head of World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) Haiti development program, accepts the second annual Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) Leadership Award in Glasgow, Scotland, as (from left) outgoing WOCCU President/ CEO Pete Crear, GWLN Chair Susan Mitchell and incoming WOCCU President/CEO Brian Branch applaud the honor. (Photo provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
The annual award honors outstanding achievements in support of credit union development, particularly worldwide credit union women’s leadership development. Greathouse received the honor during the GWLN Forum held last month with WOCCU’s World Credit Union Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Greathouse had directed WOCCU’s Haiti development program, the Haiti Integrated Finance for Value Chains and Enterprises (HIFIVE), for just seven months before a devastating earthquake struck the Caribbean island nation in January 2010, taking more than 330,000 lives and rendering more than one million people homeless. The program lost its headquarters building, but all staff members survived the earthquake and immediately set about rebuilding Haiti’s credit union movement. “Greta exemplifies the leadership that we all aspire to,” said Brian Branch, WOCCU’s new president/CEO. “When the earthquake happened and most expats left the country, Greta stayed. She took care of her staff and let them find their families, then had them report back to work. Credit unions were back up and operating out of tents days after the disaster, well before other financial institutions.” Significant progress has been made in the Haiti program since the earthquake, with HIFIVE this year taking over administration of a $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop cell phone financial transaction capabilities for Haiti’s residents. The country’s caisse populaires (credit unions) damaged in the earthquake also have begun rebuilding with the help of more than $1.2 million raised by the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions from the global credit union movement. “Great leaders inspire others to act,” said Susan Mitchell, GWLN chair and CEO of credit union consulting firm Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates in Boulder City, Nev. “Greta inspired members of the Global Women’s Leadership Network and the people of Haiti with her determination and commitment in never allowing the credit union to be cut off from its members. She knew it was a lifeline for the community. In dire circumstances, Greta demonstrated great leadership.” “My work to help to stabilize and to rebuild the HIFIVE project and the credit union sector in the difficult days following the earthquake was a team effort,” Greathouse said. “I share this award with my great team in Haiti and with the people of Haiti whose perseverance and dignity are an inspiration to me each day.” Last year, the organization’s inaugural award was presented to Stan Hollen, president/CEO of CO-OP Financial Services, for his support of GWLN and the global credit union movement.
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