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Nine Iowa CU execs enroll in global womens group
DES MOINES, Iowa (1/6/11)--Nine executives from the Iowa Credit Union League and its affiliated organizations are new enrollees in the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), an international education and advocacy group created in 2009 by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU).
New enrollees in World Council of Credit Union’s Global Women’s Leadership Network from the Iowa Credit Union League and its affiliates are, from left, front row: Tina Hoffman, vice president of marketing, TMG Financial Services; Marybeth Foster, executive director, Iowa Credit Union Foundation; Dianne Taylor, management consultant at the league; Cynde Urness, senior vice president of product management, The Members Group; Darlis Wambold, senior executive assistant, the league. Back row: Miriam De Dios, vice president, Coopera Consulting; Ginger Heckman, member business lending coordinator, Community Business Lenders; Julie Vande Hoef, director of government affairs, PolicyWorks; and Anne Whatley, general counsel, Affiliates Management Company. (Photo provided the Iowa Credit Union League)
“An essential aspect to leadership development is continuing education and awareness, and for credit unions that takes on a worldwide scope,” said Patrick S. Jury, league president/CEO. “As members of the GWLN, our enrollees will have the opportunity to collaborate, learn, and share solutions with other credit union leaders both in the U.S. and across the globe.” GWLN connects credit union women leaders with a worldwide network that engages 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. “These are not just challenges for credit unions, but also challenges for the socioeconomic development of the communities in which credit unions operate, including Iowa,” Jury said. New enrollee Ginger Heckman, member business lending coordinator with Community Business Lenders, agrees. “Our mission at CBL is to build stronger communities, one business at a time, and being a part of the Global Women’s Leadership Network is really going to facilitate that,” Heckman said. “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.” The leadership network also helps strengthen financial stability for families. In many countries, women often are family financial decision-makers but sometimes lack expertise or face stigma about a woman’s role. By interacting with other professionals in a business forum, network members have access to unlimited resources and can learn from their peers. “Connecting through the leadership network will be a great way for us all to benefit from best practices,” said Miriam De Dios, vice president of Coopera Consulting and new GWLN enrollee. “We’ve seen in the U.S. that as women gain financial confidence and experience, both in the family realm and in business, that helps provide overall economic growth and stability to an entire generation and region.”
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