The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation is seeking three of the most skilled potential leaders in the tri-state area. Once again the Foundation’s Executive Leadership Program (FELP) is open for applications. The Foundation has six leaders undergoing the program right now and by the end of November three more will be added to their ranks. The mission of the Foundation Executive Leadership program is to discover and develop the next generation of Credit Union Leaders.
Here’s how FELP Works
The Foundation Executive Leadership Program a complete five-year curriculum built to develop leaders specifically for the credit union industry is fully funded by the Foundation. Interested leaders must submit an application form no later than Friday, September 12, 2014. Next, the top applicants will be interviewed, assessed, and three of the very best (one from each state) will be selected to start the program in 2015. The FLEP program includes: Western CUNA Management School, The Association’s Leadership Institute, The Development Educators’ Program, a personal executive coach, and a hands-on mentorship program. To learn more about this exclusive program and how you can nominate a candidate go to mwcua.com/felp
Current FELP scholars are:
Adrianne Rexius, Landings Credit Union in Tempe, Arizona, completed her first year of Western CUNA Management School and was elected President of her Class. This is quite an honor and requires a great deal of leadership, organization, and communications. Adrianne has gone above and beyond with her work at WCMS.
Jeremy Gibson, of Trona Valley Credit Union in Green River Wyoming, has now completed his second year at Western CUNA Management School and will be completing his project and presenting it next summer. The project is a critical part of the school and will keep Jeremy very focused over the coming year.
Maggie Camacho, of Colorado Credit Union in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is already a WCMS graduate and a graduate of the Mountain West Credit Union Association’s Leadership Institute. This September Maggie will complete the Development Educator Program and will likely be the first of our Scholars to enter into the mentorship program which is the final phase of the Executive Leadership Program
2014 Scholars are:
Angel Phillips, of Reliant Federal Credit Union in Casper, Wyoming, has now completed her first year of Western CUNA Management School and found the program both exciting and challenging. According to her blog, she enjoyed topics like strategic planning, organizational development, and even economics. Angel is now working on her project and has completed her first round of comprehensive testing.
Choua Ly, of Partner Colorado Credit Union in Arvada, Colorado, finished her third session of the Mountain West Credit Union Association’s Leadership Institute in Denver on August 19th. Choua has one more session to complete and she will be ready to move on to the next level by choosing to attend Western CUNA Management School or the Development Educator Program.
Lisett Olsen, of Alhambra Credit Union in Phoenix Arizona, finished her third session of the Mountain West Credit Union Association’s Leadership Institute in Denver on August 12th. Lisett also has one more session to complete and she will be ready to move to the next level by choosing to attend Western CUNA Management School or the Development Educator Program.
Will your credit union emerging leader’s name be here?
Strategic planning is one of the keys to success for credit unions. This year, as in the past, the Foundation has worked to help credit unions accomplish this important task through the Strategic Planning Grant Initiative. These grant funds are intended to help foster the planning process and help credit unions develop long-term success in their communities. Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients:
On Thursday of this week, the Foundation hosted its second Miracle Marathon kickoff meeting. The meeting held in Phoenix helped introduce how credit unions can participate in this important fundraising event benefiting Children’s Hospital Colorado, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Tucson Medical Center. Starting on September 16 and running through October 12, credit unions across Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming will build teams, and raise much needed funds for the Kids. More than 13 Arizona credit unions attended the kickoff meeting and 10 Colorado credit unions attended the kickoff meeting held in Colorado last February, and even more credit unions are showing interest in participating. Special thanks to all the credit unions planning to participate this year.
Credit Unions Across Colorado are on a mission to save kids, and we need your help. Children’s Hospital Colorado treats thousands of kids each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These children are facing a variety of serious ailments, such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents.
To help raise awareness – and some much needed funds – for the important work that Children’s Hospital does the Foundation and the CO-OP Network is the primary sponsor for this important event. I hope you will consider completing the Miracle Marathon with us. It’s 27.2 miles over the course of 27 days in October – a 26.2 mile marathon plus an extra mile for the kids!
Why Are We Involved?
Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that exist to serve our members - not profit off of them. The very basics of a credit union is a community of people coming together to help each other succeed financially through needed loans and a safe place to save. This philosophy of 'People Helping People' is one of the founding principles of our movement and continues to be a core value today. Partnering with Children's Hospital is a part of how we support our communities and put 'People Helping People' into action each day. Plus, it just feels good.
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The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation now offers strategic planning grants for your credit union
You know strategic planning is important to the long-term success of your credit union but with tight budgets, sometimes it’s hard to plan to… well… plan. With a grant available from the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation, your credit union can receive up to $2,700 to help pay for your strategic planning. You can use your favorite facilitator or access one of the Foundation planners, which include the Compliance Solutions contractors and credit union CEOs experienced in strategic planning.
Applying for the grant is easy. Simply download and submit the grant application by Monday, July 1st, 2013.
Credit unions with less than $50M in assets can receive up to 75% of their strategic planning cost covered with a maximum of $2,700.
Credit unions over $50M in assets can receive up to 50% of their planning costs covered with a maximum of $2,700.
All grants will be awarded based on need and merit.
There is a funding pool total of $22,000 so be sure to apply today!
Credit unions receiving grants must complete their strategic planning by the end of 2013.
Remember, the application deadline is Monday July 1st, 2013.