The first-ever Colorado Sister Society meeting was a great success. Among the attendees were CFOs, EVPs, VPs, CEOs and SVPs! The group was led by Nicole Brusewitz, CUDA, VP of Education and Events at the Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA). Scott Earl, President/CEO of MWCUA, also stopped by to lend some encouraging words to this new group. Brandi Stankovic of Mitchell, Stankovic and Associates kicked off the meeting with an introduction to the Network and an update on Network activities, which was followed by roundtable discussions on Women in Leadership.
The meeting also included a discussion on how the Colorado Sister Society can get involved in the 2015 World Credit Union Conference, which will be held in Denver. They discussed hosting a series of events that would allow Network members to experience the culture of Colorado, including activities such as a hiking trip, barbeque, and credit union visits.
The meeting of the Arizona Sister Society of the Global Women's Leadership Network, World Council of Credit Unions on May 29 offered another tremendous opportunity for learning and networking, as well as contributing to the community. Participants enjoyed a great opening from Jaquetta Ward, Association Support Manager at the Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA), who hosted the event with her organization. Thanks to Brandi Stankovic from Mitchell Stankovic for her update on the growth of the organization. She reported that we now have more than 600 members in 15 chapters across the globe - including our partner group that started in Colorado on May 28. Brandi's presentation featured a discussion of issues from Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. The topics spurred thoughtful discussions about the nature of leadership and how we can promote our own success and that of other women in credit unions.
On the final day of the CO-OP Financial Services THINK 14 conference, Young leaders Brandi Stankovic from Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates; Andrew Johnson from Members 1st Federal Credit Union; and Jaime Crooks from OhioHealthcare Federal Credit Union joined General Session speakers Susan Cantrell from Accenture and Mark Thompson from Virgin Unite Mentors on stage for a revealing discussion about the experience of being young credit union leaders.
“When I can have a voice, a say, in what my experience can be, I’m super excited and engaged in what I’m doing,” Stankovic says. “That’s not just for emerging leaders – it’s for everybody.” For more information on the THINK Conference, please visit: http://co-opthink.org/
Susan Mitchell and Brandi Stankovic helped launch the CO-OP THINK14 Evolution Sessions with a presentation on Organizational Design and Leadership Transitions, entitled Future So Bright Gotta Wear Shades. Transitions are the norm in credit unions, and good leadership requires fundamentally examining resources and planning.
In addition to reviewing credit union strategies to employ, the MSA team also led the group through an energetic and interactive look into rock n roll. We do things a little differently here at MSA.... and it starts with FUN. For more information or a copy of our presentation, please contact us.
MSA is working with the CO-OP Financial Services Marketing team to bring the learnings of the THINK conference and brand to your credit union. Part of this initiative is the facilitation of the newly created THINK Starter program. A THINK Starter is a special team of credit union leaders who will bring their voices directly into the conversations throughout the THINK conference by asking questions, raising concerns, floating ideas and sharing experiences so that we can all make the connection between what’s possible and what’s relevant - then determining how to put those ideas into action.
John Barnfather - Caltech EFCU
Jackie Buchanan - Genisys CU
Chris Chippindale - Ent FCU
Perry Crutchfield - Piedmont Advantage CU
Marilyn Davis - Ent Federal Credit Union
Lori Duran - California Coast CU
Brad Ganey - Catalyst Corporate FCU
Tony Hildesheim - Redwood CU
Danny Jones - Spokane Teachers CU
Kimberly McCumber Ploof - Covera Card Solutions
Mark Michaels - San Francisco FCU
Margarete Mucker - Star One CU
Melia Peters - Schools Financial CU
Lori Reeves - Financial Partners CU
Michael Sullivan - McGraw-Hill FCU
Shirley Taylor - BECU
Laura Thompson - Orange County's CU
For more information, please visit the CO-OP Website, http://co-opinsightvault.com/2014/05/what-is-a-think-starter/