Unitus hosts local Sister Society, helps women advance

Credit union leads the local chapter of the Global Women’s Leadership Network with another meeting to improve leadership opportunities for women, support women in need

PORTLAND, OR (March 21, 2019) — At their headquarters in downtown PDX, Unitus hosted more than 30 professionals in last week’s meeting of the local Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) Sister Society, helping them expand career opportunities and collecting donations for women in need.

This was the first 2019 meeting of the Portland/Vancouver Sister Society, and the second consecutive year Unitus has hosted the group’s gathering. Each event features a highly successful professional who facilitates an engaging dialogue with attendees. During last year’s event on March 15, 2018, Guest Speaker Allison Clarke led a discussion about the power of kindness. As a takeaway gift for attendees, Unitus purchased copies of her book The Kindness Habit: 5 Steps to Maximize Your Happiness and Impact for all in attendance.

This meeting featured Teri Bosley, President and Owner of Monarch Performance Group, who gave a presentation on how women can advance their careers by building executive presence. It took place only a few days after International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on March 8, 2019.

“Since they began 10 years ago, the Global Women’s Leadership Network has provided women an excellent resource to advance, network, and make a true impact in their industries and communities, said Karen Salman, Assistant Vice President of Operations Support at Unitus and member of the Sister Societies’ Northwest steering committee. “Their impact goes far beyond leadership building; during last week’s meeting for example we collected more than 400 health and hygiene items to donate to homeless women through WHAT, Women’s Housing and Transition.”

Since beginning in 2009, the network has recruited more than 2,600 members (both male and female), established 55 chapters throughout the US and in 18 other countries around the world, and raised more than $2.5 million for credit union families. Learn more about the Global Women’s Leadership Network by visiting this website.

About Unitus Community Credit Union

At Unitus, we’re dedicated to improving lives in the communities we serve. As a member-owned local credit  union, we invest in people by doing the right thing. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, we  provide support for community groups through volunteerism and financial donations. Our 105,000 members count on us to serve them and their communities; our 300+ employees share that passion for service. Learn  about the local impact Unitus makes by visiting

About the Global Women’s Leadership Network

The Global Women’s Leadership Network facilitates greater gender equality in business and leadership positions worldwide. By sharing best practices, leadership journeys, and education, local GWLN chapters called Sister Societies help women develop the leadership potential and career advancing skills they need to advance. GWLN helps women strengthen their economic security, and helps companies gain a competitive advantage by employing the transformative vision of women leaders.


Autumn Foster

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