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While women are about three times more likely to sit at the helm of a credit union than a bank, the credit unions they lead are also more likely to be small, according to recent research from CUNA. Now, there’s an official group that female leaders of small-asset-sized credit unions can join to garner support and share best practices.

Female CEOs from 13 credit unions with $300 million or less in assets launched the Credit Union Women’s Leadership Alliance (CUWLA) in February with support from CUNA and CUNA Mutual Group, according to a news release. CEOs of small credit unions face unique challenges, as they hold the same responsibilities as CEOs of larger credit unions and are often required to wear multiple hats; CUWLA gives women in this category an opportunity to voice their concerns, leverage economies of scale within their credit unions, as well as preserve and sustain smaller credit unions, according to the release.

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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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