Beth Welsh of Pioneer Mutual Credit Union received 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 practitioners were honoured at the annual awards ceremony this month in Manchester. Each year, the awards acknowledge the great contribution of credit unions and practitioners in demonstrating how the sector offers a competitive alternative to mainstream financial services in Great Britain and Ireland.
Beth was awarded the Minerva Award for establishing the World Council of Credit Union’s ‘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 UK now joins over 2,800 members, 100 Sister Societies from more than 21 countries. The Network’s 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.
Speaking about the Network, Beth said: “The British sector has strong female leadership in place, and the network aims to support and strengthen our skills by providing innovative workshops and networking opportunities for the female leaders of today and tomorrow.”
In its first two meetings, the foundations have been built for a strong Network. The second meeting ran a workshop on Resilience in Leadership, seeking to equip women leaders with the skills required for leadership to empower them and in turn portray a positive image to the female credit union leaders of tomorrow.
Beth added: “I am honoured and privileged to win the award and be recognised 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 Global Women’s Leadership Network and look forward to continuing to connect, inspire and empower the women leaders of today and tomorrow.”