Women leaders from Hawaii credit unions kick off new chapter of Global Women’s Leadership Network

on "March 17, 2021 2:51 pm"

What started as a conversation at the 2020 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C.  lead to the creation of the Hawaii Sister Society (HSS) Chapter of the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN). That discussion between Kauai Government Employees FCU CEO Monica Belz and Elena Giakoumopoulos, Program Director of GWLN launched HHS.

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The inaugural HSS Zoom meeting on March 12 was the first in 2021 and commemorated International Women’s Day.

GWLN provides women with the opportunity and resource to make a measurable difference in the lives of others, in the lives of credit union members, and in the community. Sister Societies started in San Francisco and now over 130 sister societies are active in 28 counties.

The Hawaii Sister Society’s mission is to bring together a coalition of women leaders in and beyond the credit union industry to forge equitable COVID relief and transform Hawaii’s economy with women as key players in transformational change.

“Hawaii is unique in its economic and social challenges and we need to meet these unique challenges with a diverse set of skills, with women at the center to lead the way,” says Monica Belz. “We have the power and choice to overcome. We as credit union leaders should be at the forefront of the economic recovery effort.”

In addition to Belz, speakers and panelists included:

  • Keynote speaker Khara Jabloa-Carolus, Executive Director of Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women
  • Teresa Freeborn – Global Women’s Leadership Network Chair
  • Alejandra Seluja, CDFI Consultant
  • Renée Sattiewhite, President and CEO of the African-American Credit Union Coalition

A recording of the March 12 Zoom meeting is now available. For more information about HHS, contact Ivory Lloyd, Hawaii Sister Society Committee Chair, at 808.245.2463 ext 8000 or ivory@kgefcu.org.