“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” That’s a phrase coined by Helen Keller. When we face challenges, both in life and business, most of us can agree we have a better chance of overcoming them when we band together with others. It’s a concept the credit union industry knows very well – and should be careful not to lose sight of.

Credit unions are unique from banks in that instead of competing with one another, they function as a unified team. As an example, for our last print issue’s Focus Report, which focused on human resources and benefits, the Filene Research Institute’s Andrew Downin wrote a piece that encouraged credit union HR leaders to promote the industry’s unique professional culture, including the fact that employees are welcome to hop from one credit union to another as they climb the career ladder. “What if part of a credit union’s recruitment pitch was ‘do well here, and you could move up to a leadership role here or at another credit union,’” he wrote. “I can’t imagine Wells Fargo ever saying that working for Chase is a welcomed next step for a new hire.”

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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