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Inaugural year of LDI begins next Thursday

Thursday, February 25, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Last year, the Carolinas Credit Union League opened applications for the new Leadership Development Institute (LDI), an annual program designed to provide current and rising credit union leaders with the critical thinking skills and leadership strategies essential to growth and success. Several credit union professionals applied for the program, and 20 students were accepted.

This inaugural class will come together for the first quarterly two-day workshop March 3-4 at the Friday Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Presented in partnership with the Center for Leadership Studies (CLS), LDI’s custom curriculum is delivered by top instructors, and includes mini-assignments that bridge from one quarterly workshop to the next.

A virtual orientation for accepted students was held on Friday, February 19, and gave instructors an opportunity to introduce themselves to the class along with providing a brief overview of what each course would cover.

This quarter is facilitated by JD McPherson, master trainer and senior consultant for CLS. Students will start day one with the foundational program, Situational Leadership®: Building Leaders. This is the springboard for all other courses in the LDI curriculum. Day two is an in-depth course on the fundamentals of coaching through the lens of Situational Leadership®. Students will be immersed in case studies in which coaching principles and skills are explored, learned, and applied in realistic, challenging situations.

A welcome reception, sponsored by First Carolina Corporate Credit Union, will be held for students, instructors, executive coaches, and League staff on Thursday evening at the Marriott - Courtyard Chapel Hill.

“I look forward to greeting all of our students in person next week, for what I’m sure will be the start of a truly beneficial leadership development experience that in the long run, will strengthen the longevity and success of our member credit unions for years to come,” said John Radebaugh, CCUL president and CEO.

The 2016 LDI class includes:

  • Priscilla Awkard, manager community engagement, Coastal FCU, Raleigh, NC;
  • Barbara Basallote-Hook, VP finance and operations, Lion's Share FCU, Salisbury, NC;       
  • Nicole Chittam, financial services representative, Founders FCU, Lancaster, SC;
  • Kendra Collins, community relations manager, Family Trust FCU, Rock Hill, SC;
  • Trey Gantt, VP of lending, SC Federal CU, N. Charleston, SC;
  • Jennifer Gunter, VP compliance and risk management, Local Government FCU, Raleigh, NC;    
  • Amanda Marker, marketing director, Carolina Trust FCU, Myrtle Beach, SC;  
  • Nicole Martinetti, education and development manager, SC Telco FCU, Greenville, SC;
  • Jennifer McCallum, financial services representative, Founders FCU, Lancaster, SC;     
  • Brian McKay, vice president/chief operating officer, SC Telco FCU, Greenville, SC;       
  • Ken Mellette, VP sales and service, Charlotte Metro FCU, Charlotte, NC;
  • LaKeisha Moore, VP compliance, Premier FCU, Greensboro, NC;
  • Emma Norman, technical training manager, Local Government FCU, Raleigh, NC;         
  • Toni Parry, financial services representative, Founders FCU, Lancaster, SC;
  • Sophia Perry, director of lending, Duke University FCU, Durham, NC;
  • Eric Stiff, VP of marketing, Members CU, Winston-Salem, NC;
  • Stacy Thomas, AVP-eBranch, Founders FCU, Lancaster, SC;
  • Cathi Walker, VP of accounting, Charlotte Metro FCU, Charlotte, NC;   
  • Belinda Wilson, chief development officer, Piedmont Advantage CU, Winston-Salem, NC; and
  • Jimmy Womack, chief operating officer, Carolinas Telco FCU, Charlotte, NC.

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