Women Steer Their Ships Toward Leadership at the Executive Readiness Summit

Credit Union Women Come Together in Washington for Seventh Year of GWLN Executive Readiness Summit 

RICHLAND, WA.— The Global Women’s Leadership Network’s (GWLN) brought more than 50 credit union women from 15 U.S. states and Canada together in Richland, Washington last week for the seventh annual Executive Readiness Summit to engage credit union women with thought leaders, industry experts and one another to learn more about how to unlock authentic leadership, what kind of leader they are and can be, as well as the cognitive science behind leadership.

Sponsored by Co-op Solutions, PSCU, eLeadership Academy™ and TruStage, the Summit was hosted by HAPO Community Credit Union to be held in person in Richland, Washington. 

“Hosting the Executive Readiness Summit for GWLN was not just an event; it was a powerful moment of inspiration and pride for our credit union. Bringing together diverse perspectives, fostering leadership development, and championing the growth of women in leadership aligns seamlessly with our commitment to ‘People Helping People’,” said Dolores Broeske, President and CEO of HAPO Community Credit Union. “We are immensely proud to contribute to a platform that empowers individuals to reach new heights, and we believe that through collaborative efforts, we can create lasting positive change within our community and beyond." 

With eight sessions held over two days, presenters focused on authenticity and science to help attendees steer their ships towards leadership and learn how to be an authentic, resonant and inclusive leader. Speakers included: 

  • Kasey Stinson, Vice President, Sales Enablement and Product Marketing, Co-op Solutions  
  • Sandra McDowell, CEO and Founder, eLeadership Academy™ 
  • Debbie Peterson, Self-Leadership Expert & Consultant, 
  • Breann Pauley, VP, Client Learning and Interim VP, Employee Learning, PSCU 
  • Dolores Broeske, President and CEO, HAPO Community Credit Union 
  • Ukeme Falade, Chief Financial Officer, World Council of Credit Unions 
  • Samira Salem, Vice President Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Credit Union National Association 

For it’s seventh year, the Executive Readiness Summit offered a dynamic, experiential and inspirational workshop for credit union women in mid- to high-tiered positions. 

“Both speakers and attendees actively engaged and brought their true selves. The interactive and practical workshop exercises all made for impactful sessions and an empowering atmosphere,” said Lena Giakoumopoulos, GWLN Director. “This event goes beyond the sharing of resources. The relationships built at the Summit are unlike any other. Added to that an amazing host in the entire team at HAPO, all make for an exceptional event.”   

GWLN aims to provide tools and resources for more women to grow personally and professionally, advancing to leadership positions in credit unions across the globe. GWLN membership is open to all women and men in the credit union industry. 

Global Women’s Leadership Network inspires, connects, and empowers women with the opportunities and resources to make a measurable difference …  in the lives of each other, in the lives of credit union members and in their communities. To learn more and donate, visit GWLN. To connect, find us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter

The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions is the partner organization to the World Council, established to advance the shared vision of expanding financial inclusion through a vibrant and growing global credit union system. Join us on a global journey to transform a billion lives worldwide using credit unions. Visit to start your journey today.

Author: John Do
World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: (608) 395-2000

Group Photo with Executive Readiness Summit Attendees
Group Photo with Executive Readiness Summit Attendees
Executive Readiness Summit Attendees Engaging with Speakers
Executive Readiness Summit Attendees Engaging with Speakers
Executive Readiness Summit Speaker Panel
Executive Readiness Summit Speaker Panel


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