AACUC Podcasts

African American Credit Union Coalition President/CEO Renée Sattiewhite and Local Government Federal Credit Union President/CEO Maurice Smith joined us on the show recently to discuss moving forward with the 8th Cooperative Principle initiative — Diversity, Equity and Inclusion -- to make it official, rounding out the current seven cooperative principles.

According to Renée and Maurice, this initiative has been in the works for quite some time -- especially as the DEI movement has gained considerable steam over the last several years. It's time to make it official, which could happen as early as this fall.

Renée and Maurice discuss what's involved to make it official, the significance to credit unions and other cooperatives (business case for DEI), what credit unions need to do collectively to help make this happen, and much, much more.

For information, visit DEItalks.com and there you will find everything you need to know about the 8th Cooperative Principle to educate yourself and get involved.

Check it out and let us know your thoughts. And watch the entire interview below for all the details.

If you want energy, drive, and passion for credit unions, then you need to look no further than African American Credit Union Coalition President/CEO Renée Sattiewhite. Renée is on a mission to take the AACUC to an entirely new level of service to credit unions and their members. And it's all happening right now.

Renée joined us on the show for an extended conversation on how she and AACUC weathered 2020 like the rest of us -- and even thrived with record fund raising in the later half of the year, doubling their previous year's contributions. Renée has wasted no time in putting these resources to work, setting up her organization to succeed in 2021 and well beyond.

We also talked about AACUC's recent Hall of Fame event where five legendary individuals from the credit union industry were honored and inducted: Anthony Bailey, Gerald Brooks, Lynette Smith, John Pembroke, and Jim Blaine. If you missed it, the video replay is on its way. Keep checking back to the AACUC website for its status.

Additionally, Renée addressed helping marginalized people through financial inclusion and what credit unions need to do as a movement to close this gap. And what can be done to help people outside the credit union system.

There's so much more in this conversation with Renée, so don't miss it. Her energy for what she does for others is truly infectious in a fantastic way. Enjoy our conversation and let us know your thoughts. And watch the entire interview with her below for all the details.

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    Aug 24, 2020

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Renée Sattiewhite on the Committment to Change
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  • Uniting against racism
    July 29, 2020

    Much like the rest of the country, the credit union movement is engaged in crucial conversations about understanding structural racism, advancing social justice, and prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Leading many of these discussions is the African American Credit Union Coalition, or AACUC. 

    In June, the AACUC launched Commitment to Change: Credit Unions Unite Against Racism. This initiative focuses on unification, education, conversations, and investments that will move the credit union movement into a future where diversity, equity, and inclusion can thrive. 

    In this episode, guest host Lauren Williams, CUNA's media relations manager, speaks with Renee Sattiewhite, president and CEO of AACUC. 

    They discuss the philosophy behind the Commitment to Change initiative, how credit unions can support communities of color, advice for allies, and more.

  • DEI Collective Spurs Credit Unions to Help Combat Systemic Oppression and Racism

    Our country is experiencing massive change today -- and I'm not just talking about COVID-19 and its health and economic ramifications on our lives. The racial injustice that's also occurring in our society today -- and has been since the very start -- has rocked us to our "with justice and liberty for all" core.

    This rocking has shaken our society up in a very big way to where plenty of practical, thoughtful action is now taking place. Steps to right the innumerable wrongs in our nation's existence are creating a truly historic journey forward. And right there leading the way in this journey are credit unions. Not surprising.

    Putting the proverbial foot on the accelerator of change in this area is a new organization called the CU DEI Collective, which commits to fight against systemic oppression and racism. It pledges to bring forth social, economic, political, and legal justice for combating centuries of violent oppression and systemic racism everywhere.

    The timing of this organization couldn't be better and we have a few of the many folks who started it on the show to share the who, what, why, where, when, and how of the DEI Collective: CUNA VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Samira Salem; The Foundation's Executive Director Gigi Hyland; and Coopera Consulting CEO Victor Corro.

    A very thoughtful, inspiring conversation with these three esteemed industry leaders who are paving yet another new road in which credit unions can guide others. Again, a natural move for this industry. Check it out and let us know your thoughts -- and sign the pledge to show your organization's support for the DEI Collective. Stay tuned for more from this group. It's only the beginning.

    Also, listed below, we wanted to acknowledge the founding organizations who set the stage for this new organization...

  • Underground Virtual: AACUC's Sattiewhite Shares Organization's Vital Voice for Equality within Credit Union Industry...
    Speaking at the Underground Virtual Collision, AACUC President/CEO Renée Sattiewhite discussed the organization's significance within the credit union industry as a vital voice for equality. Renée also spoke passionately about eradicating racism and having credit unions being the ideal leaders in this mission.

  • Opal Tomashevska:  Black Oxygen
    Jul 13, 2020

    What does it take to live into your freedom as a black woman in Madison, WI? In this premier episode of Black Oxygen, spoken word artist and community leader Opal Tomasheska describes her journey. She says, “every artist is finding their freedom.” She closes this episode with a spoken word piece dedicated to Tony Robinson.

  • Town Hall: Commitment to Change Through Action
    Jul 1, 2020

  • Juneteenth CU Pride 2020
    June 19, 2020

  • Lean on Me
    June 17, 2020

Credit unions leadership and their families send messages of love and support. Created with luv, Brandi Stankovic.

  • Webinar: Today’s Racial Turmoil and the Credit Union Answer
    June 9, 2020

  • Breaking Boundaries with Renee Sattiewhite – TSH#093
    May 21, 2020

Pioneers don’t set out to simply break the rules, they seek to rewrite the rules and adjust the vision of humanity. Dr. Brandi and guest Renee Sattiewhite, consultant and President of the African-American Credit Union Association discuss what it takes to redefine the world’s boundaries and why you need your allies to make it happen.

The Strategic Hotbox with Dr. Brandi Luv Stankovic discusses leadership, business, and how to take control of your life and achieve greatness. http://strategichotbox.com

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  • A diversity champion - Adrian Johnson on AACUC’s unique role.
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  • The CUInsight Experience podcast: Adrian Johnson – Culture of caring (#28)
    “Live simply, care deeply, speak kindly, and give of your time and your treasure.” - Adrian Johnson


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