Credit unions learning and leading in a virtual environment
Athens, Ga. (June 10, 2021) – The 2021 SE CUNA Management School saw big changes this year, as the program is being hosted in a completely virtual environment for the first time ever in our 41-year history. Credit union professionals are gathering online with colleagues and instructors from around the world for a week filled with engaging and educational coursework, interactive discussions, and even a little after-hours fun!
118 credit union professionals from 15 states and the United Kingdom are enrolled in this year’s program and are spending the week engaged in educational coursework covering a wide range of topics, from strategic marketing and business development to asset-liability management and financial analysis. In addition to the challenging coursework, students have had many opportunities for teambuilding and fun, including a master mixology course, virtual happy hour, silent auction, and trivia nights! The theme of this year’s program is “CU Superheroes” and our students have certainly demonstrated that they are true superheroes as they remain committed to continued professional development and leadership in these challenging times.
Although students hoped for an in-person session this summer, the virtual sessions have provided new opportunities for engagement and interaction. Rebecca Gaddis, SVP, Senior Lender and Business Development at San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union, has served as class president for the Class of 2021. “While the virtual environment is much different than an on-campus experience, the leadership team for SRCUS has done an incredible job providing a well-managed platform, interactive sessions and a rich leaning environment,” explained Gaddis. ‘’The education and networking opportunities provided by SRCUS have helped me create a diversified professional network, lifelong friendships, and a solid foundation to assist with making effective management decisions within my credit union.”
Since 1970, the SRCUS Southeast CUNA Management School has equipped graduates with the skills and knowledge to meet the leadership challenges that arise in the credit union industry. The curriculum develops students’ operational, managerial and leadership abilities as they receive advanced academic instruction on a variety of topics including management, leadership, and financial analysis. Students also apply the knowledge gained from the on-site sessions to projects that require strategic analysis of their credit unions and research of relevant issues facing the credit union industry.
Graduation from the Southeast CUNA Management School is recognized throughout the credit union industry as a prestigious mark of achievement. Upon successful completion of the program, students received a graduation diploma issued in conjunction with the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. For more information on the Southeast CUNA Management School, visit www.srcus.org/management.
Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools (SRCUS) is a collaboration of seven southeastern credit union leagues, including the Carolinas Credit Union League, Kentucky Credit Union League, League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates, Louisiana Credit Union League, Mississippi Credit Union Association, Tennessee Credit Union League, and Virginia Credit Union League. Through collaboration with CUNA and Affiliates, the first SRCUS Management School was established in 1970. In addition to the management school, SRCUS also hosts an annual Director’s Conference, which provides a full range of informative educational sessions about critical issues important to today’s ever-changing financial industry for credit union directors and committee members. For more information, visit www.srcus.org.
Lauren DeAngelis, Advisory Committee Chair
Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools
Jennifer Green, Student Liaison/PR Coordinator
Southeast Regional Credit Union Schools