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18 credit union professionals graduate from Leadership Development Institute

Tuesday, December 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Chapel Hill, NC – Eighteen credit union professionals graduated from the 2017 Leadership Development Institute (LDI) on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

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.

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, Master Trainer and Senior Consultant for Center of Leadership Studies JD McPherson left students with an encouraging word and challenge.

“As you go out, you're not going  to be able to take action on all you've learned [here] at once,” McPherson shared. “Be willing to do them poorly at the beginning until you develop efficacy, skill and excellence in them.”

Piedmont Advantage CU VP of Lending Tim Mullen

Nominated to speak on behalf of his fellow classmates, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union VP of Lending Tim Mullen also shared his insight on the LDI experience, where they go from here, and the importance of leading with passion.

“This class provided all of us with the ability to know ourselves,” Mullen said. “But can be the best leader--following all these outlines and guides--but if you don't have passion for what you're doing, what are you doing it for? You've got to be passionate in your leadership and believe in what's happening--persevere--because you'll be challenged along the way.”

Congratulations to this year’s graduates: Jessica Baker, S.C. Telco Federal Credit Union; Tracy Beeks, SC Telco Federal Credit Union; Susan Espinosa, Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union; Laura Freeze, Lion's Share Federal Credit Union; Rachel Garnham, Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union; Carla Kimel, Members Credit Union; Leticia MaGee, Local Government Federal Credit Union; Steven McGinnis, South Carolina Federal Credit Union; Tiffany Mixon, SPC Credit Union; Reagan Mosher, Corning Credit Union; Tim Mullen, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union; Sandon Nachmann, Coastal Federal Credit Union; Ebony Nyegaard, Family Trust Federal Credit Union; Brandon Oliver, SAFE Federal Credit Union; Jennifer Parker, Premier Federal Credit Union; Kristin Roche, Family Trust Federal Credit Union; Nina Rogers, Local Government Federal Credit Union; and Teresa Woodie, Coastal Federal Credit Union.


The League is accepting applications through December 29, 2017 for the 2018 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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