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Announcing 2016 Scholarship Winners & Forum Keynote Speaker

In an effort to close the industry’s leadership gap, the Network has awarded a 2016 scholarship to four credit union women around the world. Our scholarship program nurtures the development of high-performing female leaders and allows participants to share experiences from other cultures.

This year’s scholarship recipients were:
  • Gertrude Chiomba, finance officer, Sunbird SACCO (Malawi)
  • Jane Wangari Ombongi, CEO, Mageresa SACCO Society (Kenya)
  • Almira Sagatovas, chairperson, Association of Credit Unions of Agro-Industrial Complex (Kazakhstan)
  • Laura Zavala, business development officer, Elevations Credit Union (USA)

The scholarship program included complimentary membership to the Network and round-trip transportation to the 2016 World Credit Union Conference and Global Women Forum event in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that took place July 17–20.

“I cannot express in words what winning this scholarship and being able to be a member of the Global Women's Leadership Network means to me,” Zavala said. “Thank you so much for for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime career growth opportunity.”

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Ser Technology, this year's Forum costs were only US$150 and offered a unique opportunity to connect with women from different cultures, communities and experiences. Registration for women from developing credit union movements were free.

The Forum event featured keynote speaker Betsy Myers, author of Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You. Myers currently leads workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. She served as chief operating officer of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign; President Clinton’s White House senior adviser for women’s issues; executive director of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Center for Public Leadership; and is founding director of the Bentley School’s Center for Women and Business.



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