The Coalition of African American Credit Unions Celebrates the Best Thought Leadership of DEI and Credit Unions at its Annual Conference
SNELLVILLE, GA, USA, Aug. 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — More than 400 executives, young professionals and agents of change came together, reignited and recharged at the 24th annual conference of the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The week-long event, sponsored by Trellance, successfully featured Diversity and Inclusion Conversations, a day-long workshop to benefit CEOs of credit unions with less than $100 million in revenue. assets, professional and career development opportunities, connections with vendor partner solutions, and celebrations. of black excellence.
The conference was full of meaningful moments, including the highlights: the awarding of the 2022 Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award to Visions Federal Credit Union President and CEO, Ty Muse, Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA ), Todd Harper, pledging to support the survival of small credit unions. and Minority Custodian Institutions during a Fireside Chat and NCUA Board Member Rodney Hood offering personal reflections and one-on-one conversations with attendees during the wrap-up of the conference.
Originally scheduled for 2020 at TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida, AACUC has pivoted to virtual annual conferences over the past two years. This year’s conference was the first major in-person event for the organization since the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are beyond thrilled to have been able to host such an important in-person event with veterans and new AACUC members and friends, especially considering what we have all been through over the past two years,” said Larry Sewell, outgoing chair of the AACUC Board of Directors. and retired Vice President of Community Outreach for Together Credit Union.
“This conference in St. Pete Beach has been a long time coming and seeing so many people having fun and the resort really warms my heart,” said AACUC President and CEO Renée Sattiewhite.
AACUC choreographed a diverse and balanced program, starting with recreational activities showing the Florida golf lifestyle with a mini golf tournament and St. Petersburg’s Black history with a visit from a local African American museum. Several pre-conference events aimed at new attendees, new AACUC members, and those seeking training and professional development provided attendees with opportunities to gain invaluable direct access to a compliance expert and executive coach. .
The conference officially kicked off with a compelling keynote address from last year’s closing keynote speaker, Tony Moore, the Architect of Culture, extending AACUC’s challenge to be bold, aware and courageous in the framework of its commitment to change: the Credit Unions Unite Against Racism (CLC) initiative and setting the tone for this year’s conference. Speakers covered hot topics such as economics, technology and DEI, helping credit union leaders navigate today’s complex financial and economic environment; concepts like improvisation and community volunteering, helping managers recognize best practices to help engage and retain talent; and mindfulness topics that address a person’s well-being, helping employees be authentic themselves in the workplace.
AACUC recorded a record attendance of new participants and young professionals. Nurturing and giving young professionals opportunities to learn, grow and shine (demonstrate their talent) is a hallmark of AACUC, as evidenced by the CTC Young Professional Leadership Award winners recognized in the 2022 AACUC session: What We’ve Done So Far.
“As a young professional, I’m thrilled to see so many of my peers show up and engage with our organization,” said Dohnia Dorman, AACUC’s Director of Experience. “We are fully committed to providing programs and ways for the next generation of credit union leaders to be and feel valued and to create pathways for their development and advancement within the credit union system. ”
Other notable conference events include the inaugural Small Credit Union Summit and the African American Credit Union Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Together with AACUC, CUNA Mutual Group, Inclusiv, and the NCUA, CEOs and leaders of credit unions with less than $100 million in assets gathered with peers and experts in the areas of board governance of Directors and Oversight Committee Matters, Digital Marketing, Compliance, Lending, Risk, Finance, Human Resources, Recovery Solutions and National Credit Union Administration Resources to provide solutions for credit unions with limited financial and human resources. Six credit union leaders and volunteers from across the country were recognized and inducted into the Hall of Fame for their contributions to the industry.
The conference ended with a gala ceremony, a dinner and an after party. This year’s recipient was Tyrone Muse, president and CEO of Visions Federal Credit Union, where he had led the $5.6 billion New York-based financial institution since 2013. Recently inducted into the CUES Hall of Fame, AACUC recognized Muse for his dedicated service to his community, his leadership style punctuated with positivity and encouragement, and the accomplishments and growth of Visions with him at the helm.
About the African American Credit Union Coalition
The African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) was created to increase the strength of the global credit union community. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization of credit union industry professionals and volunteers. Over the years, AACUC has grown and is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the vibrant credit union community it serves. AACUC has adopted the 8th Cooperative Principle and encourages all credit unions and affiliated organizations to adopt it as well. AACUC also created the Commitment to Change: Credit Unions Unite Against Racism initiative and gained momentum within the credit union industry. More info: www.aacuc.org or Facebook.com/AACUC1, Linkedin.com/company/AACUC, Twitter.com/AACUC1 or Instagram.com/aacucctc.
About the Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award: This prestigious award is presented annually to recognize a credit union professional or volunteer whose career best embodies the mission of the Coalition of African American Credit Unions. Sustained excellence is the hallmark of the recipients. The recipient will have demonstrated support for the credit union’s philosophy of “people helping people”. Organized and/or provided significant assistance to credit unions in need. Had a constructive impact on the infrastructure, growth, legislative, regulatory capacity, image and/or service delivery of the credit union community. In 2003, Pete Crear received the first African-American Credit Union Lifetime Achievement Award and was further honored by having the award named in his honor and a college scholarship established in his name. Crear is retired and former President and CEO of the World Council of Credit Unions,
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