Women to Watch Get Reception in Washington
WASHINGTON — Winners, hopefuls and supporters of Credit Union Times’ Women to Watch program celebrated outstanding women in the credit union industry at a Feb. 23 reception during CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference.
“Though better than many business sectors, credit unions still have a ways to come in developing women for the corner office,” CU Times Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Sarah Snell Cooke said. “While more than half of credit union CEOs are women, when you look at the number of female CEOs at credit unions of more than $100 million in assets, the figure drops below one-quarter, and even more drastically at those credit unions with more than $1 billion in assets. As the baby boomers retire, more and more women will have to take their place and they deserve the appropriate networking and leadership development opportunities to get there.”
That is why CU Times started our Women to Watch program—to highlight women who are making a difference for the credit union community. We want to work with female executives to ensure women support each other, and help provide awareness of the additional challenges they face.
And check out our Women to Watch website, highlighting each of our individual winners since the program began in 2011, at www.cutimes.com/W2W.
Gina Bleedorn, executive director of Adrenaline, addresses the crowd. Adrenaline is the marketing arm of strategy firm NewGround, which sponsored the event.
Pictured, from left to right:CU Times Publisher Sarah Snell Cooke, Credit Union Strategic Planning Founder Jamie Chase, Tallahassee-Leon FCU CEO Lisa Brown, Opportunity Finance Network Vice President Seth Julyan and Corporate America Credit Union Vice President of ALM Shirley Senn.
Women to Watch honoree Lynda Milton, CEO of Team Financial Federal Credit Union.
The Members Group CEO Shazia Manus is a CU Times Women to Watch honoree.
Brandi Stankovic, partner at Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates, and Samantha Paxson, CO-OP Financial Services vice president of marketing, a previous Woman to Watch.
Caroline Willard is executive vice president at CO-OP Financial Services and a previous Women to Watch honoree.