Help Advance Women’s Leadership in the Credit Union Industry


The Global Women’s Leadership Network is the credit union industry’s only international platform designed to facilitate greater gender equality in credit unions, including increasing the number of women in leadership positions. To advance this mission on a local level, Sister Societies of the GWLN have been established around the world. Last fall marked the launch of the first group of Sister Societies in our region: The Northwest Chapter of Sister Societies.

The Northwest Chapter is now part of a network of 44 Chapters across 16 countries, founded to encourage, prepare, promote, and develop women for credit union executive leadership roles.

The Sister Societies of the Northwest Chapter include:

  • Eastern Washington Sister Society
  • Western Washington Sister Society
  • Portland/Vancouver Sister Society
  • Willamette Valley Sister Society (Mid to Southern Oregon)
  • Treasure Valley Sister Society (Western Idaho)
  • Eastern Idaho Sister Society

Upcoming Meetings

The GWLN encourages Sister Societies to develop programs tailored to their needs with an emphasis on personal, professional, and community development. Each group does this through education programming, networking opportunities, relationship building, and mentoring. All of the Sister Societies of the Northwest Chapter have committed to meeting a few times per year, giving members the opportunity to network, gain insights on credit union trends, develop new skills, and participate in the global Credit Union Movement.

Several of the societies’ first meetings of the year are coming up. Read on for details about what you can expect from these events.

Western Washington Sister Society, Jan. 30, 3-5 p.m.

The Western Washington Sister Society will host its first event at NWCUA’s SeaTac Office. Melina Palmer, founder of the marketing and branding consultancy Defying Gravity and a longtime marketer for credit unions, will deliver a presentation titled “Consumers Are Weird: The Impact of Irrational Behavior.” Click here to register to attend.

Eastern Washington Sister Society, Feb. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

In February, the Eastern Washington Sister Society will host its first meeting of the year at Mizuna Restaurant in Spokane. Please contact Chrisanne Wisniewski at for more information, and to RSVP.

Portland/Vancouver Sister Society, Mar. 15, 4-6 p.m.

At the Portland/Vancouver Sister Society’s second meeting, leadership consultant Allison Clarke will present “The Power of Kindness,” a keynote demonstrating what happens when extra consideration and sincerity are infused into the workplace. The meeting will take place at Unitus Community Credit Union’s Unitus Plaza Branch in Portland. Please contact Carol Campbell at for more information, and to RSVP.

Questions about how to get involved with the Northwest Chapter of the Global Women’s Leadership Network? Please contact Carmen Vigil, NWCUA’s Community Manager, at

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