GAC Coverage: Global Women’s Leadership Network Marks 10th Anniversary With New App

WASHINGTON–The Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) marked its 10th anniversary here by unveiling a new app.

GWLN Rusnak & Mitchell

Available for both iPhone and Android users, the app includes a calendar of events, our GWLN blog and information about membership benefits.

The Global Women’s Leadership Network made the announcement during its annual GWLN Breakfast in conjunction with CUNA’s GAC.

"It's about access. If we can take our telephones to countries like Nepal, if we can take our telephones all over the world, then we can reach people,” said GWLN Chair Sue Mitchell. “I am so excited to say Elevations Credit Union stepped up, after our breakfast last year, to give us this gift.”

According to Mitchell, Colorado-based Elevations CU developed the app in just six months.  

Mitchell, who is also CEO of the consulting firm Mitchell, Stankovic and Associates, spoke at the breakfast about how far GWLN has come in its first 10 years—and where the organization is headed. Mitchell was recently profiled in here as part of a series during March on women leaders in credit unions.
Award Presented

In addition, GWLN presented its 2018 Emerging Leader Award at the breakfast to Andrea Rusnak, VP-account management with PSCU. The annual award recognizes young women active within the field, making a significant impact on the industry and advancing the values of GWLN’s mission.

Rusnak’s duties at PSCU include serving as the company’s executive sponsor for promoting women’s leadership in the credit union industry.

“If we don't help bring people along with us and give them a seat at the table, we won't be successful. I appreciate everyone being here,” said Rusnak, who also chairs the San Francisco Sister Society Chapter of GWLN. “Your support means the world to all of us. And I do appreciate your support and recognition of me today. I'm incredibly humbled to receive this award.”

GWLN Breakfast

A View From North Macedonia

During the breakfast, members and supporters also heard from other GWLN Sister Society Leaders who spoke to the question of what GWLN means to them.

Eleonora Zgonjanin Petrovikj, CEO of FULM Savings House in North Macedonia, spoke in person about watching her own sister society grow over the past decade.

“We are very young, but all the knowledge that we get is thanks to the knowledge of most of the women that I know here, share with me,“ said Zgonjanin Petrovikj.

The leaders of several other sister societies—from Malawi to Minnesota—provided their answers to that question in video messages played for those in attendance.

He for SHE

“HE for SHE” recognition at the breakfast went to four men 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: 

  • David Doss, CEO, OneAZ Credit Union
  • Brad Houle, CEO, CAHP Credit Union
  • Joseph Schroeder, CEO, Ventura County Credit
  • Michael Stankovic, Partner, Mitchell Stankovic & Associates 

"I look forward to the day that men don't have to be recognized for supporting women," said Schroeder.

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

According to GWLN, this year’s breakfast at GAC was the largest to date, with nearly 250 people in attendance.

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