As a mom of three girls, there is a certain feminism that must be maintained so they know that they can be and do anything that they want to. I encourage them to make their own choices, even though it makes me nuts sometimes. Still, whatever I am doing must be working because while they love Disney princesses, they tend to be fonder of those that make their own way and don’t need a man to help them along.
The credit union industry is a very women-centric one. Daily, I meet or speak with more women CEOs and executive team members than any other industry I have worked in. In fact, of the 14 League employees, 10 are women. It’s nice to see that some of the stigmas of the 1950s have faded.
Since I started working with credit unions 10 years ago, I have seen more and more women promoted to top leadership roles and recognized for their talents and skills, often times surpassing men. I am more of a level playing field kind of girl, but it is encouraging to see that women aren’t being forgotten simply for being women in today’s day and age.
About five years ago, the World Council of Credit Unions created the Global Women’s Leadership Network bringing together women from credit union systems around the world to support each other, network, and help improve their credit unions, communities, and lives. They currently have 530 members from more than 40 countries.
The Network has regional chapters that meet throughout the year. An upcoming meeting will be held on April 8 right in my own state at Affinity FCU where women from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut will gather together and hear from two local women credit union leaders. I plan to attend; it will be my first meeting, but I am interested to see what it is all about.
Having the opportunity to meet other women in leadership positions throughout the industry seems like a no-brainer. I’ll learn a few things about how they have succeeded, about myself and equally as important, have stories to share with my daughters about successful women.
I’m lucky to live in a country and work in an industry that treats women pretty equally. Many cannot say the same thing. I encourage you to consider attending the event. And in the name of equality, I think a few guys should attend, too…maybe you’ll learn a few things.
Click here for more information and to register.