Women on Board: Credit Unions Seek Volunteer Diversity
Roxy Ostrem, chair of the board of directors at Ventura County Credit Union, will never forget a pivotal moment during childhood that launched her lifetime connection with the credit union industry.
“I was in need of glasses, but my parents had divorced and my mother could not afford them,” recalled Ostrem, who joined the board at the $654 million cooperative in Ventura, Calif. in 2000.
Within the credit union industry, efforts are underway to increase board diversity.
Despite increased diversity on many boards, some financial institutions have a long way to go, according to Mitchell and other advocates of gender diversity.