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gender balance, rick metsger, teresa freeborn xceed

In a room filled with men and women alike sporting pink ties and scarfs, Rick Metsger, NCUA vice chairman, shared that closing the gender gap begins in the board room.

“It’s not about men or women, it’s about performance and mentoring one another,” he said to attendees at the Global Women’s Leadership Network breakfast held during GAC in Washington March 11. “If you focus on performance, everything else will fall in line.”

For Teresa Freeborn, president/CEO of the $932 million Xceed Financial Credit Union in El Segundo, Calif., that focus is priceless, because an industry-wide, concerted effort to oppress women or keep them out of leadership has not existed.

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