World Council’s Global Women’s Leadership Network celebrates 10 years

GWLN recognizes industry leaders

MADISON, WI (January 11, 2019) — The Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) begins 2019 with its 10-year anniversary announcing record growth and recognizing GWLN champions. The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) premier program was established in 2009 to provide credit union women with the opportunity to network and make a measurable difference in the lives of each other, in the lives of members and within their communities.

Since establishment, GWLN has grown to more than 2600 female and male members with nearly 100 chapters (sister societies) in the U.S. and internationally in 18 countries, has provided 52 scholarships to women from 22 countries, and raised over US $2.5 million to make a measurable difference for credit union families.

“Congratulations to all our volunteers and supporters for the incredible momentum in 2018,” exclaimed Susan Mitchell, Founding Chair of the Network and CEO of Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates and recipient of the 2018 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement at the recent GWLN strategic planning session with sister society leaders.  “We need to think big in 2019 to grow our membership and build our brand to create scale that will enhance our impact locally and globally.”

During the strategy session, GWLN announced that Andrea Rusnak, VP of Account Management, PSCU is the winner for the 2018 Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes the accomplishments of an emerging female leader working in the credit union movement, making a significant impact on the industry and advancing the mission of GWLN. The presentation of the award will be at the Global Women’s breakfast event at the 2019 GAC in Washington, DC on March 13, 2019.

Also at the same event, the 10th Year anniversary HE for SHE Recognition will be made to four individuals who have contributed to the network through their leadership and outreach, scholarship development, fundraising initiatives and continuous commitment. The four recipients of the special recognition are:

Additionally, the HE for SHE recipients will also be recognized at the 2019 World Credit Union Conference in the Bahamas.

The GWLN suite of programming provides women with tangible skills, tools and resources they need to lead and offers actionable steps for organizations to follow. GWLN membership is open to all women and men in the credit union industry and active participation in GWLN activities is strongly encouraged.

Andrea Rusnak, VP of Account Management, PSCU is the 2018 Emerging Leader Award recipient.

Brad Houle, CEO, CAHP Credit Union receives the 2019 HE for SHE Recognition.

David Doss, CEO, OneAZ Credit Union receives the 2019 HE for SHE Recognition

Joseph Schroeder, CEO, Ventura County Credit Union receives the 2019 HE for SHE Recognition.

Michael Stankovic, Partner, Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates receives the 2019 HE for SHE Recognition.

About World Council of Credit Unions

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach. World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 90 countries. Worldwide, 82,758 credit unions in 97 countries serve 404 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at


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