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Cierra Faubert named Lowcountry Chapter CUaware Protégé

Posted By CUaware, Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Cierra Faubert, Lowcountry Protege

Cierra Faubert, a member service representative with Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union (HTFCU), was named the Lowcountry Chapter’s CUaware Protégé on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Faubert will go on to the CUaware Protégé Competition finals at the LAUNCH Conference Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2019 in Charlotte, NC.

Faubert and fellow candidate Chelsea King (SC Federal CU) represented their respective credit unions at the Lowcountry Chapter event at the North Charleston Marriott in N. Charleston, SC. Each contestant made a five-minute presentation in front of a judging panel and credit union professionals in attendance. The contestants were also scored on a one-page essay that they submitted as part of the application process.

Faubert joined HTFCU in 2016 and aspires to become a branch manager so she can continue membership growth and employee talent development at the credit union. She is a graduate of Plattsburgh State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Special Ed K-6 and minor in Mathematics. Faubert is a recipient of the credit union’s All-Star Award and is currently enrolled in HTFCU’s Lighthouse University, which provides continuous learning opportunities for all credit union employees.

In her spare time, she enjoys working on community outreach projects for the credit union that make a difference for others and spending quality time with her family.

She joins Columbia Chapter Protégé Amy Coggins, Upstate Chapter Protégé Meaghan King, and Tarheel Chapter Protégé Barbara Mojica Arzate in the lineup of finalists moving forward in the competition, with others to be determined in the weeks ahead. Click here to see the upcoming events.

a collage of the lowcountry event on 103018

Tags:  career development  CUaware  Heritage Trust FCU  learn  networking  Protégé  SC Federal CU 

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Apply today for the 2019 CUaware Protégé Mentor program!

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Applications for the 2019 CUaware Protégé Mentor program are being accepted through November 30! Credit union staff and volunteers in North Carolina and South Carolina are encouraged to apply.

The CUaware Protégé Mentor program connects professionals with a mentor at another credit union for a period of one year. Through a process that is collaboratively designed by the mentor and protégé, a plan and goals are developed, and a strategy for maintaining regular contact is created.

The program is helpful for young professionals who are charting their credit union careers, as well as established professionals looking to take stock of their career with the assistance of an outside voice. As such, there are no age requirements for mentees.

In 2018, more than 30 professionals of all ages have been paired with a credit union mentor! The 2019 program will get started with a workshop event on January 31 in Charlotte, one day prior to the LAUNCH Conference

You may learn more about the program by going to the CUaware Protégé Mentor program. Specific guidelines, application forms and key program dates are available here for mentors and here for mentees. Please contact Jeff Hardin (919-457-9063) if you have any questions.

Tags:  career development  CUaware  CUaware Protégé Mentor program  Mentorship  Protégé 

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Amy Coggins named Columbia Chapter CUaware Protégé

Posted By CUaware, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Updated: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Amy Coggins, a senior loan adjuster with SC State Credit Union, was named the Columbia Chapter’s CUaware Protégé on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Coggins will go on to the CUaware Protégé Competition finals at the LAUNCH Conference Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2019 in Charlotte, NC.

Coggins and fellow candidate San Booker-Holder (Palmetto Citizens FCU) represented their respective credit unions at the Columbia Chapter event at Seawell's in downtown Columbia. Each contestant made a five-minute presentation in front of the chapter board and credit union professionals in attendance. The contestants were also scored on a one-page essay that they submitted as part of the application process.

Coggins joined SC State CU in 2017 and seeks to learn as much as she can about the credit union movement to advance her career in the industry. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor or arts in history and minored in religious studies.

Coggins joins Upstate Chapter Protégé Meaghan King and Tarheel Chapter Protégé Barbara Mojica Arzate in the lineup of finalists moving forward in the competition, with others to be determined in the weeks ahead. Click here to see the upcoming events.

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Coggins and Holder had a crowd of supporters cheering them on at the Columbia Chapter's CUaware Protégé Competition on Oct. 23. 

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International CU Day: Hall, Hendrix find lessons for home half a world away

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Thursday, October 18, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

(Editor's note: Thursday, October 18 is International Credit Union Day. To mark the occasion, CUaware Podcast host Phil Kadzielawski (Coastal CU) and Courtney Jackson (CCUL) interviewed Terri Hendrix (Carolina Foothills FCU) and Dr. Troy Hall (South Carolina Federal CU) about a trip Hall & Hendrix took to Asia recently. The trip was part of a cross-cultural program being piloted by Credit Union Development Educators across the world.)

International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) happens on the third Thursday of October each year. The purpose of ICU Day is to celebrate the spirit of the global credit union movement. The day is recognized to reflect upon the credit union movement's history, promote its achievements, recognize the hard work, and share member experiences.

This purpose is especially meaningful this year for Terri Hendrix (Carolina Foothills FCU VP of business development & community engagement) and Dr. Troy Hall (South Carolina Federal CU chief strategy officer). The pair traveled to Asia in September with Credit Union Development Educators (DEs) as part of a program that promotes cultural learning and international exchange. 

The two-week journey included stops in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as Cebu and Manila in the Philippines. Hall and Hendrix participated in activities that included meetings with fellow cooperators and credit union employees, and visits with people impacted by poverty in order to share food assistance.

World DE participants received a cross-cultural experience as they traveled from Thailand to the Philippines. Part of the program included visits to historical sites, local marketplaces, and group activities like elephant rides.

The group of a dozen or so DEs also took time out for fun activities aimed at team building and raising cultural awareness. These events were focused on the Bangkok leg of the journey. Hendrix and Hall participated in activities like riding an elephant, snorkeling with whale sharks and visiting a "floating market". 

The emphasis changed in Cebu and Manila, as the group met with credit union staff, and took rice buckets with food supplies to older citizens who live in extreme poverty. Hendrix noted that the slum the group visited was surrounded by a 10-foot cinder block wall topped by concertina wire.

Hendrix had a memorable interaction with one woman in particular, who is 106 years old. "She couldn't really walk," Hendrix recalled. "She did lean up off her pallet. She thanked us, she was grateful for it. We talked with her on a human level about (how) we do care for you, we're here and there are people in this world who care about your well-being."

During the visit to Cebu, Philippines, World DE participants fulfilled their "Rice Bucket Challenge," an act of charity that provided nutritional kits to those living in impoverished areas of the city.

Another highlight of visiting this part of Cebu was seeing "sari-sari" stores located at the very front of private homes. Common throughout the Philippines, sari-saris are very small stores offering convenience items and are owned by individuals and families. "It's micro-enterprise at its best," Hendrix shared.   

Hall notes that these types of exchanges help him to see common connecting points amid what on the surface may be profound differences in culture. "When we start to understand (what it's like) in someone else's shoes, to understand someone else's path, then we are in a much better place to have a likeness of mind and we might be able to move to a space of peace." 

The space of peace Hall referenced fuels his desire to continue these exchanges abroad, and it reminds him that by connecting "people, purpose and passion," he is also learning valuable lessons to bring back to South Carolina Federal.

Hendrix agreed and cites a key observation she made about a program run by a credit union in the Philippines that she plans to bring back to the Upstate. This credit union had a "saver of the year" program that had successfully engaged parents, children and teachers. Reflecting on this program, Hendrix saw a connection point to a Carolina Foothills in-school branch that has been trying to raise the engagement level of parents.

Hendrix notes in visiting the school and learning about the saver of the year program, she thought "that's something we can try at Cleveland Academy and see if we can't get these kids turned on to the cooperative model, to building their own personal wealth and to breaking the cycle of poverty." 

Hall has a long and successful track record in developing young people at South Carolina Federal and through the CUaware Protégé Mentor program. He notes that his big takeaway from the Philippines trip is further connecting DEs across the world in order to provide educational and human development opportunities. This mentoring project, called DE TEACH global, is underway through the partnership of a credit union employee in the Philippines and Dr. Troy in South Carolina. 

These experiences and opportunities for connection with the credit union movement also remind Hall and Hendrix of a very simple truth: credit union folks care. "If you don't have a passion for helping people, you don't belong in the credit union movement," shared Hall. Hendrix agreed, adding, "We have a deep passion for helping human kind." That reality, or "universal language" as Hendrix put it, connects everyone on International Credit Union Day!

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Barbara Mojica Arzate selected as Tarheel Chapter CUaware Protégé

Posted By CUaware, Monday, October 15, 2018
Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Barbara M Arzate, Tarheel ProtegeBarbara Mojica Arzate, an account manager with Coastal Credit Union, was named the Tarheel Chapter’s CUaware Protégé on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Mojica will go on to the CUaware Protégé Competition finals at the LAUNCH Conference Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2019 in Charlotte, NC.

Arzate and fellow candidate Gioia Hackett (Local Government FCU) represented their respective credit unions at the Tarheel Chapter event hosted by LGFCU. Each contestant made five-minute presentations in front of the chapter board and credit union professionals in attendance. The contestants were also scored on a one-page essay that they submitted as part of the application process.

Arzate joined Coastal in 2017 and seeks to continue her career development at the credit union. She has an associates in graphic design from Mount Olive College and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in business management with plans to master in business.

Arzate joins Upstate Chapter Protégé Meaghan King in the lineup of finalists moving forward in the competition, with others to be determined in the weeks ahead. Click here to see the upcoming events.

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