The annual Leadership Forum is our most international and longest-running event. Held in coalition with the World Credit Union Conference in July, it draws in members from all over the world and gives them the opportunity to connect face-to-face with women from other credit union movements at three educational events, a reception and a lounge. Below are the descriptions of these five activities.
- Networking Reception: Taking place the evening before the Forum Workshop, this event invites our members, sponsors, donors and special guests to connect over drinks and appetizers. We also take this time to present our prestigious Athene Leadership Award to a distinguished individual who has demonstrated leadership in the global credit union movement.
- Forum Workshop: This all-day event features a speech by a prominent keynote speaker, panel discussions on issues facing women leaders in credit unions led by CEOs in the Network, a luncheon and a Knowledge Café with round table discussions.
- Network Lounge: The lounge provides a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the conference. Members can enjoy our couches and coffee and connect with other women leaders.
- International Sister Societies Workshop: Interested in bringing the Global Women's Leadership Network to your credit union community? Here you can learn about the Sister Societies and meet women leaders that have already established local groups.
- Networking Workshop: Engage with your peers in a dynamic, hands-on session ending in a creative work that emphasizes collaboration and fosters business relationships.
In 2013, we kicked off our fifth annual Forum with a lively Networking Reception on July 13, which was attended by 150 guests. At our Forum Workshop, 115 leaders came together to discuss issues facing women in professional roles all over the world. Our keynote speaker, Sheryl WuDunn, gave a rousing presentation on the discrimination faced by women on a global level, as highlighted in her book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The workshop featured panel discussions on advancing women in leadership followed by a Half the Sky book signing. The afternoon included a Knowledge Café with roundtable discussions on topics such as negotiating your value, succession planning and networking for influence.
For the next three days, the Network had its own lounge where members
and supporters could relax between sessions of the World Credit Union
Conference. The Sister Societies Workshop featured an introduction to
Sister Societies in general, as well as descriptions of our many Sister
Societies across the globe by the leaders from each group. The
Networking Workshop featured an art project led by Sarah Canepa Bang, president/COO of FSCC, LLC and chief strategy officer of CO-OP Financial
Services. This event allowed us to network in a fun and slightly messy
way; a whimsical departure from the more formal gatherings of both
the Forum and the conference.
Overall, the fifth annual Forum was a huge success. We hope to see you at our 2014 Forum in Gold Coast, Australia!
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