Laughter. Self-reflection. Hard questions.
This is some of what the more than 40 attendees at the Women’s Leadership Workshop, held over two days at CUNA’s America’s Credit Union Conference, experienced.
The workshop featured leading experts in communications, leadership, and creating a personal brand.
Think of your personal brand—what you think your brand is and what people say about you when you’re not in the room, advises Mollie Bell, CUNA’s chief engagement and transformation officer.
Building that brand means understanding what is organic and comes easily to you, and what you have to push yourself to achieve.
Brandi Stankovic, senior partner at Mitchell Stankovic & Associates, shared five steps to grow leadership:
"Don’t let anyone stand on your cape—including yourself,” she says.
Finishing up Saturday’s sessions was Amy Nigrelli, CUNA’s chief marketing and digital officer. She built a business case for the value of diversity in the workplace.
Organizations benefit from diversity by gaining better insights, innovation, problem solving, performance, and market share.
"We're leaving too much talent on the table," Nigrelli says.
Sunday's session included communications and leadership expert Stacey Hanke.
Eye contact serves as a one-on-one conversation--a critical part of building trust.
"Only speak when you see eyes," she says. "Every time you look away, you disconnect."