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Upstate Chapter panel shares impact of CUaware Protégé Competition

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Principle Five: Education, training, and information. Credit unions educate and train members, employees and volunteers so they can contribute effectively to the development of the credit union. In addition, credit unions provide financial education for their members and the public.

Principle Six: Cooperation among cooperatives. Credit unions serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative principles by working with other cooperatives through local, state, regional, national, and international structures.

Hoyt Bray (Upstate FCU, at left), Jeff Hardin (Carolinas CU League), Koy Stone & Micah Smith (SC Telco FCU) and Dizzy Felkel (Family Trust FCU) field questions from the audience about the Protégé Competition and the Mentor program at the Upstate Chapter May 23. 

On May 23, the Upstate Chapter learned more about two young professional development opportunities from a trio of past participants in the CUaware Protégé  Competition and the CUaware Mentor program. Micah Smith and Koy Stone (SC Telco FCU) and Dizzy Felkel (Family Trust FCU), shared their perspectives and learning points on the program with chapter attendees Tuesday evening, May 23 in Greenville. 

Felkel, Stone and Smith were joined by Jeff Hardin of the Carolinas Credit Union League, who was on hand to answer general questions about both programs. Hoyt Bray (Upstate FCU) moderated the panel discussion. 

The CUaware Protégé Competition officially kicks off July 5, and chapters are in the process of opting in to the program for 2018. Credit unions and chapters will host competitions in the later summer and fall, with the CUaware Protégé  Finals Competition taking place Feburuary 1-2, 2018 in Charlotte during the Connect Conference

The Mentor program is open to young professionals age 35 and under in the credit union movement in the Carolinas. Young professionals are paired with a mentor from another credit union for a period of one year. Applications for the 2018 program will be accepted beginning in October. 

Both the Protégé  and Mentor programs provide young professionals in the Carolinas with an invaluable opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities, and to encourage their growth as credit union professionals. "These types of opportunities don't come along very often," shared Felkel, who was the first winner of the Protégé Competition. Felkel's remark drew wide agreement from Stone and Smith.

All three former participants shared how the programs had gotten them out of their comfort zones, built their personal networks to include a wide range of connections within the credit union movement, and helped to advance their careers. Hardin challenged the credit unions present to hold internal competitions at their credit unions to demonstrate their commitment and support of the career development of their young professionals.  

The Upstate Chapter is a regular participant in the program and has already opted in to the 2018 competition. The CUaware Protégé Finals Competition takes place February 1-2 in Charlotte during the Connect Conference. 

The competition manual for the 2018 program has been published and provided to chapter presidents in the Carolinas for their review and consideration. To learn more about the CUaware Protégé Competition, please click here to access the competition page. More information on the CUaware Protégé Mentor program is available here

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