Advancing Women in the Credit Union Industry

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Managing Editor/Publisher

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View content about financial freedom for women, leadership and volunteering insights, and the tight rope that female leaders often walk. 

What do you want from your life? Personally? Professionally? Financially? In the latest issue of Advancing Women, we bring you a video from  Bridget Grimes, CFP, founder of WealthChoice, who discusses financial freedom and what stops women from achieving it. 
For professional fulfillment, check out our feature article about finding a leadership style within yourself. And then read about creating a credit union culture in which women can better learn and develop professionally. 
If your goal is for more personal fulfillment through volunteering, read what several credit union board chairs and directors say about their involvement in the industry and how you could translate that to any kind of volunteering. 

It’s been 10 years since the Global Women’s Leadership Network was formed. GWLN Chair Susan Mitchell looks back on the progress made and talks about what’s to come in 2020. I had the great pleasure of attending my first Sister Society meeting this past spring and it felt wonderful to be in a room with other smart, capable women looking to lean on and learn from each other. I highly encourage joining the network and finding a local chapter.

I believe these groups are needed, even in the credit union industry that has a better track record of women at the top than others, because there are still times when women face a price for ambition. CUES member Mai-Linh Hoang, VP/marketing at $1.2 billion Collins Community Credit Union, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wrote a powerful essay about the tight rope female leaders have to walk between aggression and ambition and how we can all work together to improve this situation. 

As always, we are pleased to bring you information and inspiration for current and aspiring female credit union executives and those who support them. Please share it with your colleagues and peers. 

And let me know what topics you would like to see in future issues! Email

Theresa Witham is managing editor/publisher at CUES.

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