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CTC Conversation Series Videos

The Commitment to Change Conversations Series of virtual conversations create a safe space for AACUC members to have “real talk” on the emotional and psychological impact of current events and how to bring about sustainable change. 


Check the Events Calendar for upcoming Commitment to Change Conversations.

Why Financial Literacy Matters - Raising Awareness

In the United States there is a disparity in the rates of financial literacy across different racial and ethnic groups. At AACUC we believe a strong foundation of financial literacy can help support life goals. We are committed to ensure everyone has access to financial education to reduce the racial wealth gap. Join us for our April CTC Friday Conversation as we raise awareness around financial literacy and why it matters.

Our esteemed panelists included:

• Michelle Bonner, Senior Manager Financial Inclusion and Impact, National Credit Union Foundation
• Enrique Delgadillo, President/CEO, Balance
• Andy Manthei, Business Development Specialist, GreenPath Financial Wellness
• Onjil McEachin, Director, Division of Consumer Affairs, National Credit Union Administration

Kelli C. Holloway, Senior Vice President, Outreach for State Employees' Credit Union, moderated the panel.

Committing to Self and the Organization

Thank you for joining us as we heard from a few of AACUC's inaugural Rosemary Brinkley C-Level Leadership Development Program (BLDP) cohort participants share how they are committed to their professional growth and their organizations.

Our esteemed panelists included:

• Staci Hering, Director, Outreach & Engagement, Illinois Credit Union League
• Antionette Morton, Accounting Manager, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union
• Zach Christensen, Director, DEI & Digital Services, Mitchell Stankovic and Associates

LaSonya Berry, Chief Human Resources Officer of the African-American Credit Union Coalition and BLDP facilitator moderated this panel and Girado Smith, President/CEO, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union, joined as a special guest.

AACUC and Leagues Partnership

Thank you for joining us as we learned more about the partnership between AACUC and Credit Union Leagues. We discussed strengthening the state credit union system and enhancing DEI engagement strategies within the industry.

Our esteemed panelists included:

Our esteemed panelists included:
• Patty Corkery, President/CEO, Michigan Credit Union League
• John Bratsakis, President/CEO, MD | DC Credit Union Association
• John McKenzie, President/CEO, Indiana Credit Union League
• Mark D. Cummins, President/CEO, Minnesota Credit Union Network
• Ron McLean, President/CEO, Cooperative Credit Union Association, Inc.

Juan Fernández Ceballos, President/CEO of Credit Union Association of New Mexico, moderated this panel.

How Credit Unions Serve the Military

Thank you for joining us as we honored our military credit unions.

Our esteemed panelists included:
• Bobby Michael, President/CEO, All In Credit Union
• Keith Hoskins, EVP of Branch Operations, Navy Federal Credit Union
• Ken McKinney, Chairman, Andrews Federal Credit Union
• John Broda, President/CEO, Armed Forces Financial Network

Tony Hernandez, President/CEO of Defense Credit Union Council, moderated this panel.

Credit Union Women Making History: Herstory

Thank you for joining us as we celebrated and learned from recent inductees into America's Credit Union Museum's newest exhibit, "Credit Union Women Making History: HERstory."

Our esteemed panelists included:

• Renée Sattiewhite, President/CEO, African American Credit Union Coalition
• Stephanie Smith, Executive Director of America’s Credit Union Museum (ACUM)
• Gigi Hyland, Executive Director for the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF)
• Susan Mitchell, CEO, Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates
• Lucy Ito, Interim President and CEO of Orange County’s Credit Union
• Maria J. Martinez, President/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union

Merry Pateuk, SVP Industry Engagement from PSCU moderated the panel.

Reunite - Reignite

CTC Friday Conversations are back! Thank you for joining us as our panelists reunited to share their experiences at the 24th Annual AACUC Conference that was held in St. Petersburg, FL.

Our esteemed panelists included:
• Adrian Johnson, AACUC Board Member and EVP/CFO, MECU
• John Bissell, AACUC Board Member and President/CEO, Greylock Federal Credit Union
• Latonya Allen, AACUC Chapter Liaison and Director of Consumer Lending & Marketing, GPO Federal Credit Union
• Jamar Jemison, Video Editor, Credit Union National Association

Esperanza Poblano, Training Manager for the African-American Credit Union Coalition, moderated the panel.

Commitment to Change Young Professional Leadership Awards

The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) presented six inspiring credit union professionals who have exemplified “Bold,” “Mindful” and “Brave” leadership in helping eradicate racism throughout the credit union industry and advancing AACUC’s mission with the inaugural Commitment to Change Young Professional Leadership Awards presented by Visa on June 17, 2022 during a virtual ceremony. The honorees – all AACUC members – were:

• Latonya Allen, Director of Consumer Lending and Marketing, Government Printing Office Federal Credit Union
• Maricela Castillo, Research Specialist, Multicultural Business Strategy, CUNA Mutual Group
• Ben Herring, Director of Engagement, Minnesota Credit Union Network
• Kelli Holloway, Senior Vice President, Outreach, State Employees’ Credit Union
• Chrystal Hunter, Training and Events Manager, MD DC Credit Union Association
• Jamar Jemison, Video Editor, Credit Union National Association
• Hazelmae Overturf, Product Owner, Collaborate (Employee Experience), BECU

Pandemic Habits That Stick

Inspired by the CUInsight article "Don't Hurry Up to Hurry Back," our Commitment to Change Conversation panelists shared their insights and experiences on habits, lifestyles and changes stemmed from the pandemic that should still be considered today to affect change while managing the well-being of our organizations and team members.

Our esteemed panelists included:
- Dohnia Dorman, Chief Experience Officer, African-American Credit Union Coalition
- Ashley Franklin, Vice President Branch Operations, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
- Juan Fernandez, President/CEO, Credit Union Association of New Mexico
- Ed Presnell, Regional Business Executive, Peach State Federal Credit Union

Brandi Stankovic, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer for CU Solutions Group, moderated the panel.

Out of the Box Thinking about Financial Literacy

Our esteemed panelists included:
· Kelli Holloway, Senior Vice President Outreach, State Employees’ Credit Union of North Carolina
· Miranda Pierfax, Training Manager, USC Credit Union
· Sarah Trela, Financial Well-Being Director, SEFCU
· Tesha Wheeler, Youth Outreach Coordinator, DC Credit Union
· Celeste Zibelli, Vice President Marketing & Financial Services, Water and Power Community Credit Union
Emma Hayes, AACUC Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Culture Officer for State Employees' Credit Union of North Carolina (SECU), moderated the panel.

Extraordinary Women in Leadership

Esteemed Panelists:
· Whiteny Anderson-Harrell, President/CEO, Elements Financial
· Priscilla Awkard, Vice President Teller Center, Coastal CU
· Erin Coleman, Senior Director Advisory Services, Filene Research Institute
· Dayatra "Day" Matthews, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Local Government FCU
Moderated by Monica Belz, President/CEO, Kauai FCU

AACUC's Impact: Past, Present and Future

Esteemed Panelists:
· Retired President/CEO of MECU Credit Union Bert J. Hash, Jr.
· AACUC President/CEO Renée Sattiewhite
· AACUC Chief Experience Officer Dohnia Dorman
Moderated by AACUC Chairman Larry Sewell

Being Mindful

Esteemed Panelists:
· Allie L. Braswell, Jr., VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, VyStar CU
· Bill Cheney, President/CEO, SchoolsFirst FCU
· Kevin Martin, Sr. VP Organizational Performance & Strategic Planning, SchoolsFirst FCU
Moderated by Emma Hayes, AACUC Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Learning and Development, Local Government FCU

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