Florida Global Women's Leadership Network Sister Society Session was a success!
The importance of professional women working together to develop the potential of women around the world cannot be overstated. Guest speakers included Linda Darling, SVP/COO Suncoast Schools Credit Union and Dr. Brandi Stankovic, Mitchell Stankovic & Associates.
Recognizing that a global initiative was inspiring but meeting once a year was not enough, key leaders of GWLN developed the concept of Sister Societies which allow more intimate exchange of ideas and networking within a regional or local area. There are three areas of focus: Personal Development, Professional Development, and Credit Union Community Development. Personal Development may include mentoring, networking, life balance, and issues that prevent moving up within the organization. Professional Development may include access, influence, sponsorship, being advocates, and exchange programs. Promoting women’s causes within each local community development is part of the CU brand and social mission.
Dynamic women leaders are recruited or volunteer to become local Sister Society champions. They work tirelessly to create programs and network opportunities for women within their areas. Group leaders and their progress to date has been documented in the update section of this recap. Meetings are held three times a year, rotating between member credit unions and offered free of charge including lunch sponsored by local credit union. Attendance is open to all potential members and “friends” who are encouraged to get involved. Letters of introduction are sent to CEOs in the area to provide information regarding GWLN and the Sister Society requesting they send women leaders within their organization to participate in the networking and program.
The Nevada members of the Global Women's Leadership Network of the World Council of Credit Unions mentored college students on Effective Resumes, Interviewing Skills, and Professional Behavior. The session included round table discussions, one-on-one coaching and interactive activities. The business students at the College of Southern Nevada were inspired to change their own behaviors and take control of their futures. They raved about the tips and techniques that were shared in the meeting. They loved having one-on-one time with the mentors. They also loved the sample resumes, interview techniques and professional behaviors shared. We truly made a difference in the lives of young people in Southern Nevada! Thank you again for your contribution!
The New York/New Jersey Sister Society hosted a very successful meeting with over 37 women in the credit union industry! Laurie Benjamin and Robin Meyers from Melrose Credit Union presented an update of the Global Women's Leadership Network followed by a discussion of the book, "Lean In" facilitated by Brandi Stankovic, MSA. The group was very engaged in the dialogue about advancing women in business and in life. After the session, the attendees enjoyed a beautiful view of Manhattan and a Halloween themed wine and cheese reception hosted by United Nations Federal Credit Union. Visit cuwomen.org for more information.
In 2012, Michigan became a leader in the development of World Council Global Women's Leadership Network's Sister Society with our inaugural meetings at Frankenmuth Credit Union and then Lake Trust Credit Union. We hit the ground running with 25+ participants. The group expressed a strong interest in developing projects and contributing to our communities, in addition to having opportunities to network and nurture leadership skills.
We celebrated our next meeting in Grand Rapids, MI at CU Answers. Brandi Stankovic, Partner of MSA, led an educational and networking session on the book, Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg. Copies of the book were given to participants. The book has caused quite the stir worldwide, and our Sisters across the globe have been benefiting from this presentation and discussion.
The NY/NJ Sister Society—an offshoot of WOCCU's Global Women's Leadership Network (GWLN)—will hold their next meeting Oct. 30 at United Nations FCU headquarters in Long Island City. The meeting portion of the event, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., will be immediately followed by a wine and cheese networking reception.
The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Brandi Stankovic, CUDE, of Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates. A review of GLWN's book of the month and an accessories drive for the Bottomless Closet organization are also on the agenda.
The NY/NJ Sister Society was founded by Melrose CU and Affinity FCU to enable area GWLN members to meet more frequently for networking, philanthropic initiative planning and professional development. At the international level, the GWLN provides credit union women with access to a global community of leaders dedicated to advising each other and cultivating the potential of credit unions in the U.S. and worldwide.
To register for the event or to request more information, email Robin Myers, Melrose CU, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSA had the opportunity once again to help plan and execute the 27th annual Black and White party for Aid for AIDS Nevada on August 24th. It’s one of the biggest social events in Las Vegas and AFAN’s largest annual fundraiser. This year's event took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, inside the Joint and additional ballrooms. The event raised over $130,000 which will go towards client programs & services.
Every year, AFAN receives tremendous support from strip entertainers. This year was no different! TV anchor Chris Saldana hosted with radio personality Lauren Michaels and “The Amazing Race” and Chippendales at the Rio stars Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis. Entertainment also included vocal impressionist Veronic DiCaire, “The D*Word: A Musical” cast members; and Britney Spears impersonator Derrick Barry of “Divas Las Vegas” and so much more!
MSA helped to launch yet another World Council of Credit Unions, Global Women Sister Society! The new Sister Society is in the Capital Area, Washington, D.C. and the inaugural meeting had great energy and commitment by all of the attendees. Information, ideas, and passion was flowing through the room! Please visit www.CUWomen.org to learn even more about the international group and join.
Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, joined us as this year at the Global Women's Leadership Network forum as the keynote speaker. The 5th annual Leadership Forum housed 115 leaders from across the globe to come together to discuss issues women face in professional roles all over the world.
Mitchell Stankovic and Associates is a founding sponsor and facilitator of the network. Mitchell also serves as the chairman of the network and plays in an integral role in the network worldwide.
The forum was fabulous!! The speaker was so interesting and engaging, the set up of the panel was a great idea, I loved it. The round table discussions were also informative, social and a great networking tool. How proud you must be that this network has grown 10 times the membership we started with. And Brandi is a lovely person, bright, warm, approachable, considerate, a great facilitator! - Laurie Benjamin, Board member of Melrose CU and Co-Leader of the NY/NJ Sister Society
Mitchell Stankovic & Associates is proud to support the Global Women's Leadership Network annual golf tournament.
This year, the Ottawa Open kicked off the WOCCU conference at Loch March Golf Club. A beautiful course was the backdrop for a day of fun. MSA was an integral part of the golf committee and planning process for the tournament, and the tournament was a success! CEOs, executives and other credit union supporters came together to raise money, play golf and network. We raised $105K in sponsorships – the most in tournament history – and many participants said it was one of the best event’s yet. Congratulations to everyone who participated, volunteered, planned and supported!