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Credit Union Professionals Create a Global Women’s Leadership Network Sister Society in Tennessee

The Tennessee Credit Union League and Strategic Resource Management are excited to announce the creation of the first Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) Sister Society in Tennessee.

“The mission and vision of the Global Women’s Leadership Network came to our attention last year – and notably – the absence of a Sister Society in SRM’s home state of Tennessee,” said Brad Downs, CEO of presenting sponsor Strategic Resource Management, headquartered in Memphis. “It was a perfect opportunity for our team – in collaboration with the Tennessee League and our chairperson Donna Young – to step up and provide an outlet that will train, inspire, and empower the next generation of women leaders.”

The Global Women’s Leadership Network aims 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 in their communities.

“We are absolutely thrilled to inaugurate a Sister Society here in Tennessee for the Global Women’s Leadership Network,” said Fred Robinson, president and CEO of the Tennessee Credit Union League. “This inspiring group of Tennessee women demonstrates a profound commitment to advancing female leadership within the credit union community. Their dedication and enthusiasm are vital for shaping our industry’s more inclusive and diverse future.”

The World Council of Credit Unions established GWLN in 2009 to provide women in the credit union arena a safe forum to discuss issues to further their professional and personal journeys. Since its inception, 4,900 individuals engaged from 86 countries.

“The Global Women’s Leadership Network shares my passion for developing and promoting a diverse group of women in the credit union movement,” said Donna Young, president of Cornerstone Financial Credit Union and chair of Tennessee’s Sister Society. “The focus of connecting locally and internationally allows us to support education and development of women who aspire to grow and lead.”

The following credit union professionals are members of the Tennessee Sister Society Leadership Team and Launch Event Committee.

Donna Young, Chairperson, Cornerstone Financial Credit Union
Patti Wubbels, Co-chair, Strategic Resource Management
Laura Parrish, League Liaison, Tennessee Credit Union League
Kameran Laux, Treasurer, US Community Credit Union
Lauren Bolus, Secretary, US Community Credit Union
Dawn Graeter, Launch Event Committee, Southern Security Federal Credit Union
Melissa King, Launch Event Committee, Southern Security Federal Credit Union
Kristin Robertucci, Launch Event Committee, ORNL Federal Credit Union
Tammy Owens, Launch Event Committee, Strategic Resource Management

To celebrate International Women’s Month, the Tennessee Sister Society will host a launch celebration on Thursday, March 21, at 10 a.m. at the Café at Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tenn. A virtual option will be available for those who cannot attend the in-person event. Watch for registration information!

“I am proud to chair this Sister Society and connect with women in Tennessee and throughout the world,” said Young. “We are amazed at the number of organizations and people who want to participate and support this movement. I hope you will join us as we develop and grow.”

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