WASHINGTON, February 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The WOW (Women On Work) contest was created to celebrate inspiring women in the credit union ecosystem who are doing extraordinary work to move the movement forward.
I think of someone who is persevering, resilient, ”says the judge Happy Pateuk“do something transformative.”
The contest is sponsored by CRMNEXT, CU Sol (a CUSO credit union) and America’s Credit Union Museum. And while this is a competition with real prizes, the overall goal is to pave the way for greater national recognition of women in the UC landscape, to inspire future UC professionals and to pave the way for future credit leaders. union industry.
In this inaugural year, the WOW contest is launched at the CUNA Government Affairs Conference (GAC) in washington d.c. to February 27and submissions will be accepted via May 6and2022.
“Women in the credit union space have done an amazing job from the very beginning, and we thought it was high time these people were recognized and celebrated in a contest created just for them,” said Jacques Gilbert, Marketing Manager, CRMNEXT. “We can’t wait to see the amazing submissions coming… Honestly, I think the judges will have their work cut out, just whittling down the roster of CU rock stars from across the country.”
The judges for this year’s competition are the following inspirational women:
Anne LeggFounder, THRIVE Strategic Services
Happy PateukSVP, Industry Engagement, PSCU
Julie FergusonOwner, JFT Consulting Services, LLC
Kristi ArringtonVice President, Growth by Design at League of Southeastern Credit Unions
Nancy WilsonMarketing & Community Engagement Officer, FCU University
Judge Happy Pateuk has a clear idea of what she is looking for among the top 3 contest winners. “I’m thinking of someone who is persistent,” she says, “someone who is resilient, who has a little bit of humility – we learn best from those kinds of leaders – and someone who, in the end really did something transformative.”
Anne Legg is looking for specific strengths in 3 areas: leadership, impact on the industry as a whole, and how the individual “captures and spreads the spirit of the credit union”.
Each of our 5 esteemed judges will bring their own unique opinions to the table, but there are certain criteria points that, across the board, will be paramount. All nominees must work (or have worked) in the credit union ecosystem, and their contributions must have had a significant impact on the CU movement. Judges will also look for individuals who inspire, motivate and uplift other women in the industry, as well as those who have provided new opportunities for growth and development.
The first winner of the contest will be inducted into America’s Credit Union Museum’s Skywalk, and the three winners will have their names etched in history at the Museum with a cobblestone or brick. Winners will also receive a paid trip to the Museum for the induction ceremony, a cash prize or donation to the charity of their choice, and a crystal trophy, among other exciting prizes.
“It’s so rare and special to have a movement that was both co-created by a pioneering woman and helping to create a pioneering woman today,” says Jon Taylor, CEO, CU Sol. “This truth is a big part of the collaborative and cooperative spirit of what we call ‘the movement’ and is one of the main reasons I love and support it so much.”
Stephanie SmithThe President of America’s Credit Union Museum is especially pleased that the competition is taking place during the 20and anniversary of the museum. They will launch the Skywalk, “A new exhibit that tells the stories of women in credit unions past and present and inspires the leaders of tomorrow.” The first contest winner will be inducted into this exhibit, and Stephanie encourages “everyone to be a part of ‘Credit Union Women Making History: HERSTORY'”.
The competition takes place from February 27and by May 6and2022. Winners will be announced during a live webinar on May 24and, and the first-place winner’s induction ceremony at America’s Credit Union Museum will be held in early October. To submit an entry for the WOW contest, please click here.
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