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Get the Word Out

msasmitchell@aol.com posted on June 29, 2010 10:13

How do we get the word out about credit unions to help us help others?  Let's do it the old fashioned way - tell a friend.  Isn't that exactly what social networking is all about.  You tell me why you like someone or why you like what a company does and then I tell someone and then they tell someone and so on.  Or is that the "gossip game" we used to play as a child?  Maybe that is why I have resisted social media, because I couldn't control the message.  Well, all of that is about to change, BIG TIME.  Whether we like it or not, the rage is twitter, you tube and "I get that all the time."  So, let's tell a friend, let's tell our families, let's get the buzzzzz going.

Susan Mitchell
President/CEO
Mitchell, Stankovic and Associates

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Engaging the Next Generation of CU Members

Helping All Women

brandi.stankovic@gmail.com posted on June 28, 2010 15:11

I started my working career in the mid 1980's.  There was a "glass ceiling", but I never burned my bra.  It was a much different working environment than in today's world.  But with time much has changed, and by the time I retired, there had be a monumental changes.  Why do I support Global Women's Leadership Network?  I am supporting  GWLM to help further the opportunities for all women, everywhere.  I believe in women, they are smart, intuitive, and strong.  What better place than a credit union, who's motto is "People helping people."
 
Sincerely,
Glenda McGill
Ventura County Credit Union

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Impact of Women in Society

Personal Story

brandi.stankovic@gmail.com posted on June 28, 2010 15:08

A short story: there was a women, recently divorced after 17 years with the same man. She now was the only provider of two children whom were entering Elementary school in the 1960’s. She now has the sole responsibility of the house payment, insurance for house and car, food and clothes for her girls. As a women she was not earning as much as a man, she was always running behind payments on something. She was telling her girls, “no we cannot afford you to have this or  you cannot go there”.

Her girls became “latch key” girls and with the help of loving neighbors, she felt at least her girls were safe after school until she got home. This women got a job with the County in the town she lived in. The County had a credit union. When this single mom needed money to just get through a rough spot, she went to a bank who just laughed at her application for a loan, making her feel like she was worth nothing. She then was advised by a close friend to try the credit union.

She went right over, and that Credit Union not only gave her a loan, but made her feel like she was part of a big family. They explained that they were there just to help her. People helping People. As the years went on, she fell in love with the credit union. She went on to become a Board of Director, served as Chair person twice and ended up serving 32 years on this Board. She re-married, her girls grew up to become credit union members and one currently serves on a Board of Directors and will be Chair person next year. This is why I believe in the movement and I believe in women. I am one of those daughters in the story, I know personally what a credit union can do, and I’m so very proud to serve others.

Roxy Ostrem
Ventura County Credit Union

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Impact of Women in Society, Internal Operations

Moola Moola and Beyond

brandi.stankovic@gmail.com posted on June 27, 2010 10:18

Why credit unions? Why Global Women's Leadership Network? The answer is easy. Because I believe in the movement and I believe in women.

I am definitely a woman that has enjoyed the fruits of the labor of generations past. Being a young leader (not as young as I would like to be, but young none-the-less)... I have experienced a path throughout my career that is built on equality of opportunity. Fortunately, I have not experienced true gender discrimination. Perhaps it is my choice of industry (credit unions)... Perhaps it is my geographic location (west coast)... or perhaps it is my assertive nature (b*tchy at times)... or maybe all of the above. :) But, I believe it is essential to understand the journey that many women took to provide my generation opportunity. It is our history.

I taught a class at the College of So Nevada on Women in Business. I had an array of ages in the course from 18 to 65. The young ladies did not know what the "glass ceiling" was. The older women could recount moments where they burned their bras... It was an eye-opening experience.

The Global Women's Leadership Network is a forum to share experiences. Although we may have made some strides in the United States... that is certainly not true across the globe. I want to be connected to women throughout the world.... to learn about their experiences... to understand their stories... and to share in their passion. Just as Ken Blanchard said "none of us, is as smart, as all of us"....

I can't wait to learn from all of you!

Brandi Stankovic, CUDE
VP, Marketing and Admin
Ventura County Credit Union

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Impact of Women in Society, Internal Operations

Together is Better.

vbreunig@tds.net posted on June 15, 2010 10:46

Why Global Women's Leadership Network? Because "Together It's Better."  Life and work aren't always easy, but when we share our experiences, our successes, and our challenges, the sharing makes life and work better.  Whether asking for advice, sharing a resource or just listening, I always feel better after doing this together with a mentor or friend. I'm lucky to look at the list of Global Women's Leadership Network members and count so many of them as mentors and friends already. Life is short; make work fun! 

Valerie J. Breunig, I-CUDE
Worldwide Foundation Executive Director

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Impact of Women in Society

Thirst for More!

ddykstra@sffirecu.org posted on June 2, 2010 07:42

Why Women's Global Leadership Network?

Women are the fabric of our communities. We see opportunities when faced with difficulties and beyond the "seeing" we are good at the "doing" something about it.

I look forward to sharing those successes and failures with women around the world to strengthen our commitment for making positive change no matter how large or small.

Everyday I am surprised by what I can learn from women from vastly different backgrounds and experiences and I thirst for more!

Diana Dykstra
President/CEO
SF Fire Credit Union

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Impact of Women in Society

Banks make me cry ...

brandi.stankovic@gmail.com posted on May 27, 2010 10:03

Perhaps my crying is caused by my heightened emotional state (being a brand new mother).... but I just had the most disturbing experience with a bank. I won't name names.... but the initials are WF.

My husband and I are interested in buying a home... with the recent addition of our baby boy- now is the time to take the next step. We have been saving for a down payment, working to improve our credit scores, and preparing all the necessary items. We chose (our first mistake) to pursue the bank for a pre-approval on our mortgage. The approval process was easy... The representative mentioned he would send me the commitment letter. I never received it. So, I called the bank this morning to check in. Of course my rep is on vacation... and 6 transfers (yes, 6, I'm not being dramatic)... the phone line was disconnected. I called back. With every transfer I was put to the end of the que. Every person that answered the phone said it wasn't their job... every person said let me transfer you. My frustration was compounding with each new person I had to explain my situation to... Finally the tenth person I spoke to said "I can't help you"... and I reached my boiling point. I said "I am so frustrated. I have been on the phone for an hour, please find someone to help me. And I would appreciate it if you stayed on the line until the next person picks up." then I continued... "I am regretting my decision to get financing with your bank".... and guess what he did then....

He hung up.

I wanted to use this time to remind each of us... that SERVICE really is our differentiator. Why do people (including myself) continue to pursue a banking relationship? Is it the fancy marketing or the perceived convenience? I honestly have no idea.

We need to educate consumers. There truly is a credit union difference!

Brandi Stankovic, CUDE
VP, Marketing and Admin
Ventura County Credit Union

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Engaging the Next Generation of CU Members, Internal Operations

CU Difference

msasmitchell@aol.com posted on May 20, 2010 10:02

Passion for making a difference.  I had a chance to work with a CU in Maryland this week and we talked about the books, Now Discover Your Strengths.  It focuses on your signature themes and how you can build upon your strengths to increase job satisfaction and it reminded me of one of my favorite sayings, "If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life."  

I love working with people.  I love making a difference.  I love working with credit union people who make a difference.  Passionate member service.  Believing in the mission of people helping people.  Understanding that each of us are like a rock thrown in a puddle - we trigger a ripple effect.  I want to make a difference, and enjoy working with people who share this passion. 

Susan Mitchell
President/CEO
Mitchell, Stankovic and Associates

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Engaging the Next Generation of CU Members

Thoughts to ponder ...

msasmitchell@aol.com posted on May 7, 2010 09:58

Tonight I was having dinner with the senior leadership team of a credit union and I ask each leader to tell me what motivates them and/or how they like to receive recognition - through praise, thank you, awards, etc.  There were 15 women and 4 men. 
The men all mentioned that they like to see someone they mentor achieve.  The women all mentioned that they like the satisfaction of a job well done and that they didn't need recognition.  I must admit that this was surprising as I know that most women will tell me they want to be appreciated...  Why are we afraid to say that?   Why do men focus on coaching and women focus on doing the job?  Interesting thought for me to ponder...

Susan Mitchell
President/CEO
Mitchell, Stankovic and Associates
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Internal Operations
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