Abraham McLaurin, a Sooper Credit Union member, was selected as this year’s Brayman-Beach Scholar. Abraham, a graduate of Regis Jesuit High School, will attend Ohio State University this fall as a business major. While at Regis, Abraham earned an overall 3.68 GPA while studying honors science and math classes. Abraham is the recipient of several prestigious awards including: Outstanding Women’s Homeless Initiative Award, the Bronze Cross Award for academic excellence, and the Loyola Award for embodying the values of a Jesuit Scholar. He volunteers as a youth basketball coach and was committed to 175 hours of community service each year while at Regis. Abraham served on his high school yearbook committee, volunteered as a Special Olympics organizer, and was appointed a Presidential Ambassador where he worked directly with the Regis Jesuit High School President to promote Regis Jesuit High School to new and potential students.
Each year the Foundation awards young professionals and Development Educators an opportunity to attend the World Council Meeting. This year the program will provide three $6,500 scholarships for young professionals and directors (age 35 or younger) and Development Educators (no age requirement) to attend the World Credit Union Conference offered by the World Council of Credit Unions in Suntec City, Singapore, July 15-18, 2018.
The Center for Credit Union Leadership is proud to announce its 2018 cohort of Executive Leadership Scholars. This group of elite emerging leaders will join 17 other Scholars as they prepare to develop and challenge their own leadership skills. All Executive Leadership Scholars are selected using a comprehensive process including application submission, letters of recommendation, leadership skills assessments, and panel interviews to participate in a five year journey where they will learn leadership skills, operational principles, and credit union philosophy all under the watchful eye of an experienced executive coach. Once they have completed the Mountain West Credit Union Association’s Leadership Institute, Western CUNA Management School, and the Development Educators Program, Scholars, working with a credit union mentor, will engage in problem solving and project management using an action learning hands-on process in an actual credit union environment. Once Executive Leadership Scholars have completed their journey they will be ready to serve as credit union leaders.
Maggie Camacho, White Crown Federal Credit Union
Maggie joins two members of her 2013 cohort as she completes all the requirements for the ELP. Maggie joins Jeremy Gibson, Trona Valley FCU and Angel Phillips, Reliant FCU as she puts her new skills to work at the executive level. Maggie has been President of the Denver Area Chapter, was selected as a 2017 20 under 40 young professional and worked in a wide range of operational areas. Maggie has recently joined the team at White Crown FCU as Vice President of Strategic Initiative. Congratulations to Maggie for all her hard work!
The Center for Credit Union Leadership’s new Mentor Program connects emerging credit union leaders with mentors to help new leaders assess and develop their leadership philosophy through telephone and video-based meetings with their mentors and a structured Leadership Development Plan. The process, provided by the Center, examines the candidate’s values, assumptions, and beliefs to create developmental goals for the candidate. Eight mentors have been intensely trained and are now beginning their first connection with their mentees. “This program is a one of a kind, It’s the only one I know of that identifies credit union leaders early in their career and connects them with seasoned mentors. The program holds a good deal of promise and could be a great tool for retaining talent in our movement” says Dr. Dan Santangelo, the Center’s Executive Director. Our list of mentors includes: Paul Kirkbride of Ent, Colleen Knoll of Public Service Credit Union, Ray Lancaster of Pyramid Credit Union, Brian Lee of Landings Credit Union, Choua Ly of Partner Colorado Credit Union, Annett Matthies, President of Aspen Edge Consulting, John Rivera of Bellco, and Scott Sager of Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union.
The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation is please to present the recipients of the 2018 Chief Executive Scholarships. Every other year, the Foundation Awards outstanding CEOs and C suite officers a $9,000 scholarship to attend the highly prestigious Chief Executive Institute. This eminently qualified group of credit union executives, will participate in an eight-month 5 session learning experience designed to help C suite executives position their credit unions for growth, innovation and market competitiveness using the Baldrige leadership model.
This year as in the past, The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation will award one $5,000 scholarship to a student who is a member of a Colorado-based credit union seeking a business degree from a four-year accredited institution.
The scholarship is named after two Colorado Credit Union leaders, Susan J. Brayman and Carroll Beach. Susan served as a Colorado Credit Union System senior executive and Carroll served as a Colorado Credit Union System CEO. Together they served for more than 50 years.
There is no better way to convey the “people helping people” philosophy and the generous nature of our credit union community than by helping your young members achieve their dream of higher education. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 30, 2018 at 1:00pm
The World Council of Credit Unions will hold its annual conference in Suntec City Singapore in July, and the Gary Plank Scholarship will help young credit union professionals and Development Educators attend. The deadline for the 2018 Scholarship is March 9, 2018.
This annual scholarship is named in honor of the retired Arizona League President Gary Plank, who once served as the Chair of the World Council of Credit Unions. This year the program will provide three $6,500 scholarships for young professionals and directors OR Development Educators (no age requirement) to attend the World Credit Union Conference offered by the World Council of Credit Unions in Suntec City, Singapore, July 15-18, 2018. To learn more about this once in a life time opportunity, and to apply CLICK HERE.
If you missed out on the last round of the Foundation Executive Leadership Program, you won’t want to let this opportunity pass you again. The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation will select three new candidates for an incredible, fully-funded, five-year leadership development journey that includes instruction in organizational leadership through the Mountain West Credit Union Leadership Institute, credit union philosophy immersion with the Development Educators program, credit union operations training at Western CUNA Management School, 48 months of executive coaching, and a hands-on capstone mentorship program. This is the only comprehensive program built to develop leaders specifically for to become the next generation of CEOs. The application deadline extended to December 15, 2017 so act now to build your team and develop your next generation of credit union leader at. Executive Leadership Program. Click here to download an application, NOW!
The Mentor Relationship is Valuable for Both the Mentor and the Mentored.
Being a mentor is, of course, largely about giving back. But, it’s also one of the best ways to sharpen your skills and learn new things.
“If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” – Yogi Bhajan
Acting as a mentor is also one of the most proactive things you can do to advance your own career goals. According to a Sun Microsystems study, mentors are 20% more likely to get a raise and SIX times more likely to get promoted.
Having a mentor helps you develop and advance your career in a way that you just can’t do on your own. Ask most any successful person and they will tell you that they would not have accomplished as much without the guidance and support of at least one mentor along the way.
But, finding a mentor can be challenging.
The Center for Credit Union Leadership can help.
If you are looking for a mentor that can help you build your leadership brand and get to the next level, click here to find out how the Center can help you find the right mentor.
If you are ready to share your skills and experience with emerging leaders who are eager to grow and make an impact, click here to apply to become one of the Center’s mentors.