ST. LOUIS (4/10/14)--Established nearly five years ago, the Women's Association of Credit Union Leaders (WACUL) offers both support and networking resources for female credit union leaders in Kansas and Missouri.
WACUL was founded by Lisa Ginter, chief operating officer of $1.8 million-asset CommunityAmerica CU, Lenexa, Kan., and Glenna Osborn, president of $42 million-asset Missouri Central CU, Lee's Summit, Mo. (Missouri Difference April 8).
"WACUL is a powerful networking forum that allows women leaders to learn, grow, and exchange ideas for purposes of development," said Ginter. "The greatest takeaway from this type of group is the friendships that get formed. Women in leadership positions are growing, and this provides an avenue to form bonds and learn at the same time."
Ginter and Osborn said the fellowship benefits not only the women, but also their credit unions. For example, WACUL assisted one of its members in paying league dues to the Missouri Credit Union Association, a gesture that ensured that that credit union had access to the tools and resources to best serve its credit union members and community.
The first official WACUL meeting was held June 24, 2010. The organization now includes 28 members.
"It's not the intention of WACUL to separate women from men," said Osborn. "Men hold pivotal leadership roles in the industry as well--leaders from both genders are needed to create a healthy corporate environment. Rather, WACUL's meetings are tailored to speak to female professionals and help them develop stronger executive skills."