The annual HRD conference was held in San Mateo with over 40 HR & Training professionals in attendance. The conference provided for fun networking opportunities as well as informative sessions. Brandi’s energizing presentation,"Inspiring Employee's Through Development Programs" inspired the attendees to recruit with enthusiasm! The attendees analyzed their “elevator pitch” and identified the most important keys to success when recruiting and retaining top talent. The participants identified their MVPs and discussed ways for helping each person to get more of what they value. The groups focused on effective leadership characteristics for “blasting targets”, creating a support network and “feeding forward” – a positive, upbeat way to help yourself and others define success.
Joel, Muller, VP Fund Development, Renown Health Foundation
Deena Mckenzie, Director for Nursing, Women and Children, Renown Children's Hospital
Dennis Flannigan, President and CEO Great Basin Federal Credit Union
Bruce Rodela, President and CEO Frontier Financial Credit Union
Becky Hasse, Nurse Manager, Renown Children's Hospital
Michael Stankovic, Partner at Mitchell, Stankovic and Associates
Andrea Cavanaugh, Director of Training, Financial Horizons Credit Union
Thanks to the generous friends at Credit Unions for Kids, together they raised $33,493 through their Wine Auction to benefit Renown Children's Hospital. Thank you for helping us keep quality care close to home for our community kids and their families. 
The MAC Awards have been recognizing outstanding marketing achievements since 1986. The award winners from around the country were celebrated during the MAC Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Thursday, May 28 in San Francisco, California. Boulder Dam Credit Union was recognized for outstanding efforts in financial literacy. The award celebrated the penetration achieved at the credit union in the millennial demographic. During the course of 12 years the credit union has offered the financial literacy and coaching class, they have seen over 80% penetration. Outstanding results!
The World Council of Credit Unions Global Women's Leadership Network southern Nevada sister society joined forces with the California/Nevada credit union league southern Nevada chapter. The groups welcomed Natalie Buckel a local leadership expert working with Jimmy John's franchises. The meeting was held at Credit Union 1 on Thursday, April 16th.

The session was filled with dynamic discussions and activities. Assisting management and staff on how to stay motivated, proactive, positive, and happy. Identifying what are the key elements for group motivation as well as individual motivation. We also discussed extrinsic rewards vs. intrinsic rewards. This is an identification process to assist in targeting the best possible strategy for an individual employee. Finally, we discussed implementation of motivation strategies that will provide empowerment to the front of house team members that will alleviate your management team from the day to day issues that arise.
Brandi Stankovic, Senior Partner, represented Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates as a keynote speaker for the Women's Leaders at the Mountain West Credit Union Association in Phoeniz, AZ. She led the group in interactive dialogue and discussion regarding the most valuable people; specifically how to be an MVP and how to inspire the MVPs in your life. In business, we refer to MVPs as our top performers; male and female leaders who have that magic stuff or mojo that drives them to achieve success; the ones who impact the bottom line or who can turn around a low-performing team and help them achieve their goals and exceed their targets. During the session, Brandi also shared the efforts of the World Council of Credit Union's Global Women's Leadership Network that strives to provide women with the opportunity and resources to make measurable differences in each other's lives, as well as in the lives of credit union members and in their communities.
Male and female U.S. credit union leaders gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC the morning of March 11th to support the Global Women's Leadership Network and help advance the role of women's leadership within the credit union industry. World Council President and CEO Brian Branch opened the annual Networking Breakfast, emphasizing the need to include both men and women in developing opportunities for equality in credit unions. Celebrating the milestone of over 700 female Network members from 53 countries, Branch emphasized the Network's vision to develop a platform for women to safely convene and engage in mentoring, skill building, training and education. Network Chair Susan Mitchell, and CEO of Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates, gave an update on the progress of the Network, which now includes 16 international chapters, called Sister Societies, in six countries that have raised $1 million to support credit union women in leadership worldwide. "We are changing lives!" Mitchell said. "This Network is about our commitment to making a difference, and having the tools to do so."

The President and CEO of Elevations Credit Union, Gerry Agnes, welcomed over 30 female executives to the credit union and spoke eloquently about the importance of the Global Women’s Leadership Network and World Council.  He proudly noted that Elevations Credit Union has earned the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest presidential honor for performance excellence in innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.  Elevations is the first credit union in the country to win the award. 

This commitment to leadership development was evident through the Sister Society meeting.  Nancy Herbert, Board Member of Elevations started the networking by introducing the members to Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-violence, Suzzanne Painter, who discussed domestic violence and the impact GWLN donations will have in supporting women within the Colorado area. 

Susan Mitchell, founding Chair of Global Women’s Leadership Network, was introduced by Nicole Brusewitz, Mountain West Credit Union Association.  Susan told the GWLN story and the history of Dr. Brian Branch’s, CEO of World Council,  purpose in starting a network of credit union women.  It was an inspiring look at how we can make a difference, globally and locally.  She noted that there are now more than 700 members in 53 countries.

Calyn Ostrowski, Worldwide Foundation Executive Director, presented key initiatives from World Council and gave the members a look at events that are planned for the upcoming year, scholarships awarded and the strategic vision for GWLN.

The group then engaged in networking exercises regarding leadership transitions, telling their personal stories, advocating for themselves, asking for a seat at the table and a robust discussion on “why” women are not stepping forward. 

We discussed becoming the “host” Sister Society for the Denver Conference and everyone was very excited.  We encouraged everyone to join as members, so they can participate fully in the opportunities presented through GWLN. 

Great session and inspiration!  Thanks again to Elevations Credit Union and to Mountain West Credit Union Association.  
The HRD Network Conferences provide you with relevant topics, timely information and an opportunity to get re-focused and re-energized. MSA is a proud business partner and speak at the upcoming Annual Conference in San Diego. In addition to learning from industry experts, you will have the opportunity to share best practices and exchange ideas with others in your field. Please join us! 

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MSA participated in a lunch and learn at Touro University with President Shelley Berkley for Southern NV Sister Society Global Women's Leadership, World Council of Credit Unions. This University is changing the landscape of education in Nevada and across the globe. Credit Union professionals from southern Nevada gathered to learn about the community involvement as well as President Berkley's communication style. Her experience in politics and education is extensive, she offered excellent advise for women and all leaders. 
Amazing week on the Gold Coast, Australia as credit unions and cooperative financial institutions from across the globe gathered to create synergy and energize our global credit union movement. The WOCCU is a world trade association and development agency for credit unions. Their international program assists credit unions to build efforts, provide services to the underserved, support communities and encourage legislative reform. Mitchell Stankovic is a Gold Level supporter of the WOCCU. We also lead, facilitate and support many activities in conjunction with WOCCU. 

The Global Women's Leadership Network Forum at the WCUC meeting in Australia was a great success. Facilitated by Sue Mitchell, women from across the globe discussed ways to get involved and assist each other in making a difference in the lives of their members.