6. Felicity Guerin – Answering the greater call with philanthropy and advocacy 

Welcome to In The Movement Podcast with your show hosts Christopher Kemm and Austin De Bey discuss all things happening in the credit union movement. Each episode will feature leaders talking about history and current affairs and how we can utilize our expertise to educate, communicate, and mobilize to better serve our movement.

Today, Felicity Guerin is dedicated to the credit union movement family. She was introduced to the credit union as her first career. “Working with Callahan was great because they allowed me to explore my passions within the credit union industry.” Through Callahan, she found Children’s Miracle Network and stayed engaged with them through her career with other credit unions.

Guest Bio

Felicity Guerin’s passion for the credit union movement began with her first “real” job at Callahan & Associates. Currently, Felicity works for the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL). She spent her first eight years at AACUL supporting the “Credit Unions for Kids” program nationally, in a position generously sponsored by CO-OP Financial Services. She is currently managing AACUL’s communications efforts and supporting the Executive Director on special projects.

Coordinating Credit Unions for Kids

Felicity loves to see credit unions coming together and cooperating on behalf of kids across the nation in Credit Unions for Kids. The #1 cause of bankruptcy in America is unforeseen medical costs and programs such as Credit Unions for Kids helps to mitigate this statistic. 

She also coordinates Children’s Miracle Hospital interactions with credit unions across the country and enjoys every minute of her work. “One out of five families use Children’s Miracle Hospital for a member of their family.”

AACUL Brand and Purpose

AACUL lives by four pillars of work advocacy, communicate, collaborate, and influence policy. She works with AACUL to make the process more effective and efficient. “My goal is for credit unions to see the league system as a whole, powerful, thought-leadership enterprise that they can benefit from.”

Listen in to find out what the GAC role is playing inside the credit movement, how AACUL is working with and supporting children’s hospitals, and why this is a good year for credit union advocacy. Learn who the speakers will be at this year’s credit union conference and how Felicity holds conversations with elected officials about promoting credit unions.

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Show Notes:

[03:23] Felicity introduces herself and gives her backstory.

[07:06] Coordinating credit unions for kids on a national scale.

[09:26] How AACUL influences policy for credit unions.  

[20:28] Washington Hilton credit union conference and convention.

[25:10] Why this year is a key year for advocacy.

[29:31] Speakers at this year’s conference.

[36:54] The politics of having conversations with elected officials.


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