Pioneer Beth Welsh awarded top scholarship

Pioneer Beth, who is a Business Development Manager at Pioneer Mutual Credit Union in Barrhead, has won a prestigious scholarship to join the Global Women’s Leadership Network. Beth will begin her scholarship at this year’s World Credit Union Conference in Singapore in July.


In 2009, World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) established the Global Women’s Leadership Network to tackle the industry’s gender gap while also leveraging resources to strengthen the economic security of women and their families.


The Global Women’s Leadership Network is dedicated to forcing a balance among leadership positions. The Network provides an annual scholarship to female leaders within the credit union industry so they may develop new skills, tools and resources to make an impact. Since 2009, Global Women has awarded 47 scholarships to women from 22 countries. Scholarships are made possible through funding from annual membership donations and sponsorships, including the generous support of CUNA Mutual Group.


Beth has been awarded a complimentary Network membership and will participate in the 2018 World Credit Union Conference in Singapore on July 14 – 18. The scholarship is dedicated to advancing women and young leaders worldwide and leverages opportunities presented by the World Credit Union Conference to promote professional development throughout the conference week.


Focusing on professional development, Beth will engage in interactive dialogue sessions, to expand her knowledge and grow business relationships. Featuring internationally renowned keynote speakers, roundtable discussions and breakout sessions on diversity, gender inclusion and growing young leadership, attendees walk away with personal action plans, new skills, and professional resources. 



Beth Welsh commented:


“I am honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to attend the World Credit Union Conference. It will be an amazing learning experience, and fantastic to network with our sector leaders. I am looking forward to sharing the learning and inspiration I take from Singapore not only within Pioneer Mutual but the wider credit union community.”


Susan Mitchell, Chair of the Network added:


“We are changing lives and making a measurable difference in the lives of women. This is a human initiative. We need all people of the world to come together as a co-operative movement.”


East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton said:


“Congratulations to Beth on achieving a scholarship with the Global Woman’s Leadership Network. This is an incredible opportunity and I know Beth will use the experience to full effect and bring back new skills and ideas.


Pioneer Mutual provides an important service, offering affordable and reliable finance, and this scholarship will ensure Beth can keep taking it from strength to strength.”