SRCUS alum Lindsay Clever shares insights on impactful experience

Lindsay Clever, 2023 SRCUS Alum

Lindsay Clever, training manager at South Carolina Federal Credit Union, is a distinguished graduate of SRCUS with notable achievements, including: Best 2nd Year Project, serving institutions with assets over $775M; Best 3rd Year Whitepaper; and recipient of the prestigious Tom McWilliams Service to SRCUS Award in 2023.

Q: Why did you choose to attend Southeast Management School (aka SRCUS)? 

I competed in a professional development program with the Carolinas Credit Union League for young professionals (CUaware Protégé, now CUxEL Protégé) that awarded me a scholarship for a career development opportunity, one of those being SRCUS. SRCUS was not my first choice because the curriculum terrified me; however, my leader and peers encouraged me to take a leap of faith and see where the program takes me. I did, and I do not regret the decision.

Q: What did you think of the experience after 3 years? 

My SRCUS experience is one I will remember forever. The three years I spent in the program impacted my life, personally and professionally. Not only did I walk away with a group of friends I will stay in touch with for as long as time allows, but I felt so much growth in my leadership abilities, communication abilities, and, most importantly, my confidence as both a credit union employee and leader.

Q: What were your favorite courses? 

Ratios, Communications (all three years), ALM, Experiencing Change Simulation, and Managing the Generations.

SRCUS Academic Advisor Craig Piercy guides students through a program tool used for ratios and financial analysis studies.

Q: What did you enjoy about the extracurricular activities? 

Teambuilding with my SRCUS family. We had a special bond in the class of 2023 because we had been through so much. The extracurricular activities gave us a chance to bond and goof off at the same time. Plus, we realized how similar we all really are.

Q: What was the campus environment like? 

I felt like I was back in college but without the college experience, which was a good thing for the commitment you need to have to make your SRCUS experience successful (and enjoyable). The UGA campus is beautiful!

Q: How did SRCUS help you prepare for your career? 

Communication, collaboration, and confidence – these three words are the best ways to describe how SRCUS has helped me in my career. I have been able to communicate and collaborate more effectively with leadership of all levels and am more confident in myself in those communications. I love being a leader, but SRCUS really showed me how important and rounded a leadership role is, and that leadership is about leading and advocating for yourself, your peers and employees, and our credit unions.

Q: What advice do you have for others considering this school? 

Do not question whether you should attend SRCUS, and do not let the idea intimidate you. You will get out of SRCUS what you put into it, though. If you put your heart and soul into all three years, the growth you will experience is fulfilling. You will gain friends you can collaborate with or rely on for years to come. Attending and graduating from SRCUS will be a highlight of your career!

SRCUS Class of 2023

Southeastern Regional Credit Union Schools (SRCUS) is currently accepting students for enrollment in its 2024 Southeast Management School, set for June 16-21 in Athens, GA. Early enrollment is open through April 26, with a final deadline of June 5. Learn more and apply at srcus.org/management-school.

Source: Carolinas Credit Union League

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