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Winner Reflect on Why YPs Should Apply for the 2023 Emerging Leader Award

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Miriam Rivera Lieb Emerging Leader Award which is presented by the MD|DC Credit Union Association.

Young Professionals

Gregg Edwards, Chief Lending Officer for Market USA FCU, and the 2021 winner, encourages YPs to apply,

“If you’re thinking about trying for the Emerging Leader Award, go for it. It will change your professional life forever!”

The current and past winners recently traveled together to Madison, WI where award sponsor CUNA Mutual Group rolled out the red carpet at the Light House, its new headquarters. Large digital displays served as welcome signs, featuring the name of each winner and their CEO, along with their credit union’s logo.

2019 winner and Accounting Manager at Educational Systems FCU Antionette Morton said the trip, which is part of the professional development package winners receive, exceeded her expectations:

“The Emerging Leader trip to Madison was absolutely PHENOMENAL!! From the level of planning and engagement, it is clear both the MD|DC Credit Union Association and CUNA Mutual Group have a genuine interest in seeing the growth and development of young professionals.”

CUNA Mutual Group assembled a dynamic lineup of speakers focused on the vision and future of credit unions. The group met with CUNA president and CEO Jim Nussle who discussed leadership, and they also heard from Chad Helminak, Chief Impact Officer for the National Credit Union Foundation. The Emerging Leaders also attended a reception at Credit Union House in Madison where they were joined by young professionals and leaders from the Wisconsin Credit Union League.

2022 winner and COO at Spectra Credit Union, Kate Brennan, said the trip was an eye-opening experience:

“Connecting and collaborating with fellow credit union leaders and advocates provided inspiration beyond measure. I highly encourage every credit union young professional in the DMV to apply for the MD|DC Credit Union Association’s Emerging Leader Award.”

2020 winner and Business Intelligence Analyst at Del-One FCU, Christina Reilly shared why the Emerging Leader award is so impactful:

“The experience helped sharpen my leadership skills and expand my network, empowering me to further contribute to the success of my credit union.”

Apply now for the 2023 Emerging Leader Award!


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