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‘You do you’: 2018 LDI graduates challenged to forge a path all their own

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Leadership Development Institute Class of 2018 

Chapel Hill, NC – Eighteen credit union professionals graduated from the 2018 Leadership Development Institute (LDI) on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

The graduates completed the one-year program designed to empower current and rising credit union leaders with modern strategies for developing leadership skills and critical thinking. Meeting each quarter for two-day workshops at UNC-Chapel Hill Friday Center, the curriculum exposed students to leadership and management concepts that include situational leadership, emotional intelligence, strategic leadership, talent management, coaching to build capacity, and more.

Top: Before wrapping up their last session of LDI, students gathered for an emotional "sharing circle" exercise where they voiced what they learned about each other and what they thought of the LDI program.

Bottom: LDI alumni also had the opportunity to return that afternoon for a special session facilitated by Dr. Troy Hall of SC Federal CU on Dealing with Team Dysfunction as a Situational Leader.

Between quarterly sessions, students completed at-home assignments and readings, along with journaling their experience and/or participating in the one-on-one executive coaching offered through the program.

The graduation ceremony, held at the Marriott Courtyard Chapel Hill, welcomed invited guests, LDI instructors and coaches, and league staff to attend. During his remarks, S.C. Telco FCU EVP and LDI Alum Brian McKay left students with an encouraging word and challenge.

“Take the relationships you’ve built this year with all the leaders in this room, the systems that you’ve learned, the personal experiences that you’ve had—put them all together and you do YOU,” said McKay. “Don’t try to take the same approach to every challenge. You’ve got to be steadfast in your principles and values but you’ve got to be flexible in your leadership and application.”

Nominated to speak on behalf of their fellow classmates, Truliant FCU VP of Member Experience Precious McCloud and Greenville FCU Contact Center Manager Tommy Lentz also shared their respective insight on the LDI experience, what they take away from it, and the charge they all have to carry the knowledge forward.

“As leaders, we all have a light that attracts and draws people to us,” McCloud shared. “It’s not our title that makes us a leader…it truly is about our ability to influence others, to build them up, nurture them, and leave them better than we found them.”

“When I look back at each LDI session, you can tie ‘leadership’ with relationships and trust into everything we learn,” said Lentz. “Situational coaching taught us how to connect and provide that open and honest feedback. And if you do that right, you’re going to strengthen that relationship and that foundation of trust just continues to grow.”

Students later accepted their certificates from Vizo Financial Corporate CU President David Brehmer, who also made remarks during the program. Since LDI’s inception, Vizo has sponsored the LDI graduation and reception.

Congratulations to this year’s graduates: James Adams, Family Trust FCU; Leigh Ann Bailey, Founders FCU; Melissa Clark, Charlotte Metro FCU; Maddie Collison, Nova CU; Kimberly Delpino, Founders FCU; Misty Fisher, Lion’s Share FCU; Jennifer Gallagher, Coastal CU; Stephanie Garrett, Family Trust FCU; Zak Gasparich, S.C. Telco FCU; Kelly Jones, S.C. Telco FCU; Thomas Lentz, Greenville FCU; Precious McCloud, Truliant FCU; Joe McIsaac, Founders FCU; James Moore, Piedmont Advantage CU; Chrissy Overman, Nova CU; Brandon Pugh, Carolinas CU League; Joe Stevens, Founders FCU; and Morgan Sykes, Local Government FCU.


The League is accepting applications through December 31, 2018 for the 2019 Leadership Development Institute, with curricula and instructor details to be finalized in the coming days. Interested credit union professionals in the Carolinas may apply at

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