Community Impact

Simeon Chapin

Race to the Top: What “Values-Based Banking” Actually Means

“Values-based banking” is becoming a popular concept, but what does it actually mean? Simeon Chapin, Community Impact Officer at Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU), joins our Remarkable Credit Union Podcast to explain. VSECU is a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), a network of banking leaders from around the world committed to advancing positive change in … Continue reading

How Credit Unions are Like Farmers Markets: Ty Robbins of People’s Trust FCU

Ever paid a premium for those small, juicy farmers market strawberries, rather than the giant, pale strawberries you typically find in the grocery store? According to Ty Robbins, CIO of People’s Trust FCU, credit unions offer the financial equivalent of farmers market strawberries, with one crucial difference. He joins our podcast to share his passion for using cooperative principles and … Continue reading

WellQ

Wellness of Mind, Body, and Wallet: Allegacy FCU’s Transformational Wellness Program

Integrated healthcare is becoming a worldwide trend, and Allegacy FCU is taking it to the next level. Ashley Kohlrus, COO of Allegacy FCU, and Karen Sigmon-Smith, Managing Director of WellQ, join us to talk about their audacious plan to transform community health outcomes through an integrated membership model for health and financial wellness, along with the lessons learned along the … Continue reading

jill castilla

How to Turn Around a Struggling Community Bank: Jill Castilla, CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond

Jill Castilla, the 2017 ABA Community Banker of the Year, joins us to talk about how she turned around a struggling bank through creating goodness in her community, how to implement innovative social media practices, why your ego is not your amigo, and how she is positioning her institution to be relevant for its next 110 years. Top 5 Takeaways: … Continue reading

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The Activist Credit Union: How Can You Engage With the World?

In this episode, Cameron joins Steve Pagenstecher and Mary Vasquez of Point West Credit Union to chat about their top takeaways from the Federation CDCU Conference in September 2017. From the credit union mission to Child Savings Accounts to new perspectives on lending, you’re sure to hear something that will get you excited about the future of credit unions!

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The Themed Credit Union: The Launch of the Clean Energy Credit Union

In this episode we discuss the 3-year journey from concept to launch of the Clean Energy Credit Union, a credit union entirely focused on clean energy loans. Blake Jones, the founding board chair, discusses their innovative strategy for growth despite being unable to raise capital, their unique partnership with a national non-profit, and how they are focusing on consumer passions … Continue reading

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The Purpose-Driven Credit Union: An Interview with Kimberly Kosmenko

Change management expert Kimberly Kosmenko joins us to talk about what it means to be a purpose-driven organization, her work with the United Nations Credit Union, and her process for integrating purpose into what an organization does as it makes the journey from intention to action.   Cameron’s Key Takeaways  For organizations to be truly “purpose driven,” they should look … Continue reading

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The Business Case for Sustainability at Credit Unions

Kevin Wilhelm, renowned sustainability expert and author of 3 books on the topic, joins us to talk about why sustainability makes sense for the bottom line, how it relates to the 7 Cooperative Principles, how to begin your sustainability journey (hint: it’s not fire, ready, aim), and why you need to listen to your members to get the best results. … Continue reading

Ben Morales

Innovation, Ethics, and Purpose: Why Payday Lending Matters to the Credit Union Mission

Ben Morales, CEO of QCash, joins us to talk about what it means to offer an alternative to payday lending. On this podcast, he shares his unique perspective on why members need these sorts of loans, how a credit union can think about payday lending from a strategy, branding, and financial wellness standpoint, and why a 60-second approval process was … Continue reading

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Connecting the Heart and Mind: How The Disney Way and Community Impact Guide CoastHills Credit Union’s Strategy

Jeff York, CEO of $940M CoastHills Credit Union, joins us to talk about what he learned from working at Walt Disney’s company credit union about delighting members, how he thinks about community impact (hint: it’s not just writing checks), and how he connects to members’ hearts and minds to create engagement. Top 3 Takeaways Say hello! Have a greeter at the branch to … Continue reading

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