Beth Welsh, Pioneer Mutual Credit Union, was honoured to receive the inaugural Minerva Award – For the Empowerment of Girls and Women at the ninth annual Edward Filene Credit Union Awards for Performance Excellence. Credit Union leaders from across the UK gathered on the 23rd November in Manchester at the Marriot, to celebrate the success of the nominees and winners at the awards, know at the ‘Oscars’ for the credit union sector. The awards recognise the many achievements of credit unions with 14 different categories within Leadership, Enterprise and Community, celebrating the entire range of activities in which credit unions participate; and the 2019 awards saw an unprecedented level of entries.
This year’s awards were a collaboration between the ICULD&E Foundation and the Co-operative College and the awards dinners opened the Centenary Conference of the Co-operative College, based in Manchester.
Beth was awarded the Minerva Award for establishing the WOCCU Global Women’s Leadership Network in Great Britain, which was launched in early 2019 and has continued to grow. Due to Beth’s efforts, the U.K. now joins over 2,800 members, 100 Sister Societies from more than 21 countries. The Global Women’s Leadership Network mission is to provide women with the opportunity and resources to make a measurable difference in the lives of each other, in the lives of credit union members and within their communities.
Through the establishment of GWLN in Great Britain is now connecting women locally and globally. The British sector has strong female leadership in place, and the network aims to support and strengthen the skills by providing innovative workshops and networking opportunities for the female leaders of today and tomorrow. This ambition has already been achieved through the two meetings, as through these meetings there the foundations for a strong support network have been built; with the second meeting running a workshop on Resilience in Leadership, equipping women leaders with the skills required for leadership roles in a male dominated world, which in turn empowers women and portrays a positive image to the female leaders of tomorrow.
Beth ‘was honored and privileged to win the award and be recognized on the same platform as some amazing credit unions, that are doing fantastic work within the sector. I am excited for what the future holds for the GWLN and looking forward to continuing to connect, inspire and empower the women leaders of today and tomorrow”