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Dayatra Matthews Receives 2021 Emerging Leader Award from the Global Women's Leadership Network


Congratulations to Dayatra "Day" Matthews, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) and Civic Federal Credit Union (Civic), for receiving the Global Women's Leadership Network (GWLN) 2021 Emerging Leader Award.


The annual award recognizes young women actively making a significant impact on the industry and advancing the values of GWLN’s mission. The award was presented to Matthews at the 2022 GWLN Breakfast held during CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Global Women's Leadership Network is an initiative of the worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions.


Matthews earned the award for her involvement in growing GWLN’s North Carolina Sister Society and organizing a meeting for them on Lady Justice: The Role of Women Leaders in the Fight for Equality and Justice for All, with North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley.


“Even if we never see gender disparity completely disappear in our lifetime, never stop working,” Matthews told attendees in her acceptance speech. “I don’t care if you’re a teller, receptionist, auditor, compliance analyst or CFO — lead where you are regardless of your position, knowing that through your work and your efforts, positional authority will come. But even if it doesn’t, and it won’t for everyone, never forget that we rent our positions – titles will come and go – but we own our character – that’s where our true legacy lies.”


Matthews joined LGFCU in 2012 as the Senior Vice President of Legal and Compliance and was named Chief Legal Officer in 2021. Prior to joining LGFCU, Matthews was a partner in the Raleigh law firm of Bailey & Dixon LLP.


As Chief Legal Officer, she oversees all legal, compliance and risk functions, including supervising vendor and enterprise risk management programs, assessing bond and insurance policy needs, and providing guidance to Executive Management and the Board of Directors on matters related to corporate governance.


Matthews graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Duke University School of Law. She has served on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Credit Union Advisory Council and currently serves as a member of the Credit Union National Association’s Credit Union Powers Subcommittee. A past recipient of Triangle Business Journal’s Corporate Counsel of the Year Award, Matthews was recently selected for inclusion into the National Top 100 Black Lawyers.


Currently, she serves as President-elect of the 10th Judicial District Bar and as Chair of the Board of Directors of EarthShare North Carolina. She is a past President of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and its Political Action Committee; former Board member and Grievance Committee Chair of the Wake County Bar Association; past President of the Capital City Lawyers’ Association; and former Board member of Movement of Youth, a Durham-based nonprofit with the mission to prepare diverse youth to lead and succeed in the 21st century.


Matthews lives in Wake Forest with her husband and son and is an active member of her church. She enjoys playing tennis, working out, and watching her beloved Tar Heels play basketball.