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Ebony King Ebony King

The $2.9 billion Empower Federal Credit Union in Syracuse, N.Y., hired Ebony King as diversity, equity and inclusion officer. In her new role, King will be responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of the credit union’s DEI strategy. She will also identify and champion DEI priorities for the organization and work to translate them into practical and actionable solutions. Internally, she will partner with Empower’s leadership team to support a culture that promotes staff engagement and commitment to enhance the employee experience. In addition, she will implement a DEI knowledge-building strategy to educate and raise awareness to leadership, staff and partners. King brings over 16 years of experience in the field of DEI, most recently serving as the diversity and inclusion specialist for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Syracuse University. Her prior positions have included director of multicultural engagement and senior director of diversity and inclusion for Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. King earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from Syracuse University and a diversity and inclusion certificate from Cornell University.

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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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