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#29 - Marlene Shiels Talks CUs in UK, Career & Meeting the Queen

8/8/2017
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On this episode, we talk to Marlene Shiels, Chief Executive of Capital Credit Union in Edinburgh, Scotland. Marlene recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from our Credit Union Development Education (DE) program. Marlene is an exceptional example of not only what it means to take the DE experience and share it with others around the world, but to make DE part of her everyday life. In fact, she even mentioned DE when she met the Queen to accept her Officer of the Order of the...

Duration: 00:40:27


#28 - Ways to Leverage the Life Simulation Exercise

7/25/2017
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On this super-sized podcast, we have an unprecedented three guests to discuss the Life Simulation exercise and will get three interesting perspectives on how to leverage it. First, what is the Life Simulation? The Life Simulation experience is designed to help people begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is unique and special because it combines the financial and emotional distress that simulated families...

Duration: 00:48:32


#27 - Financial Ed + Summer Camp = Mini Billionaire's Academy

7/11/2017
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In this special summer episode, it seemed appropriate to highlight a unique financial education event from Tallahassee-Leon FCU. The MBA Summer Camp, or “Mini Billionaire’s Academy” is a fun summer camp program that uses experiential learning to teach kids about money. The Foundation has been familiar with the program as they've been a previous recipient of a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant. To learn more, we talk with Lisa Brown, President/CEO of Tallahassee-Leon FCU, about the summer...

Duration: 00:22:58


#26 - Offering Safe & Affordable Accounts via Bank On

6/27/2017
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On this podcast, we’re digging into the CFE Fund’s Bank On platform. Bank On supports local coalition and financial institution efforts to connect consumers with safe, affordable bank accounts. The CFE Fund has developed Bank On National Account Standards, which provide a benchmark for safe, low cost transactional products. Financial institutions, such as credit unions, with accounts that meet these Standards can apply free for national certification with Bank On. To learn more, we talk...

Duration: 00:25:12


#25 - Workplace Financial Wellness with Alliant Credit Union

6/13/2017
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On this podcast, we’re discussing financial wellness in the workplace. Why? June is National Employee Wellness Month and also, this is a critical issue. Clearly, financial wellness is important. Not only for credit union staff, but also the businesses and employees you serve in your communities. As you’ll hear, financial wellness programs benefit by increasing engagement, morale, productivity, financial health, alleviating stress, reducing absenteeism among other things. To learn more, we...

Duration: 00:21:27


#24 - Reality Fairs for People Re-entering Society

5/30/2017
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On this podcast, we’re revisiting Reality Fairs, which is an interactive financial literacy experience for high school students. The Pennsylvania CU Foundation recently tailored the fair model and used it for people re-entering society from the state’s correctional system. To learn more, we talk with Kathleen Fey, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania CU Foundation. You’ll hear how this event became a true collaborative effort among area credit unions to help former inmates become...

Duration: 00:16:18


#23 - "Lending with a Heart" via Small Personal Loans

5/16/2017
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On this podcast, we’re talking about “Lending with a Heart” from Nueva Esperanza Community CU, which is at the intersection of financial education, well-being and philosophy. The program, which provides loans to members unable to gain credit elsewhere, recently won a Louise Herring award from CUNA. To learn more, we talk with Sue Cuevas, CEO/Manager of Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union, in Toledo, Ohio. You’ll hear about the tremendous impact of the small-dollar loan program on the...

Duration: 00:32:22


#22 - Dick Ensweiler Shares Career Highlights, Lessons & More

4/25/2017
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On this podcast, we’re talking with a modern-day credit union pioneer: Mr. Dick Ensweiler. Dick is someone whose work speaks for itself and is a true testament to the credit union philosophy. Dick is retiring as President/CEO of the Cornerstone CU League on April 30, 2017, and I talked to him earlier this month about his long career – 53 years (!) – in credit unions. We go from his start as a management trainee at State Central CU in Milwaukee to jobs such as managing the MN league at 30...

Duration: 00:53:36


#21 - Leveraging Biz Kid$ with San Diego County Credit Union

4/11/2017
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This episode of "Murmurings" expands upon our last one, talking about one of our favorite financial education programs, Biz Kid$. As a reminder, Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative launched nationally in 2008 that teaches kids about money and business. It is the first national public television series promoting financial education for elementary through high school students and was created by the same team that produced “Bill Nye the Science Guy”. The initiative includes an...

Duration: 00:19:53


#19 - Non-Prime Auto Lending

3/13/2017
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On this podcast, we’re talking about strengthening financial well-being via non-prime auto lending. Non-prime refers to the practice of making loans to borrowers with weak or no credit histories or limited payment capacity. Since the Foundation has been involved with non-prime auto lending for almost ten years, you’ll hear from our Senior Program Manager, Mark Lynch, who gives an overview of this type of lending as well as our work and resources available. Then you’ll hear from Jim Brown,...

Duration: 00:42:52


#18 - Getting Money Savvy with Adam Carroll

2/21/2017
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On this podcast, we’re talking about getting youth more money savvy with Adam Carroll, Chief Education Officer at National Financial Educators. Adam has been speaking and writing on the topic of financial education for more than a decade. We talk about a lot of exciting things Adam is working on such as his new documentary on the student loan debt epidemic called “Broke, Busted & Disgusted”, his book The Money Savvy Student, and new courses he’s creating such as one entitled "Raising Money...

Duration: 00:20:35


#17 - Financially Empowering Young Adults via MyPath

2/6/2017
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On this episode of "Murmurings", we’re going to be talking about financially empowering young adults. You’ll hear from Margaret Libby, Founding Executive Director of MyPath. MyPath is a national nonprofit focused on paving economic pathways for low-income youth. To this end, they engineer effective models, share what works, and advance policy change. We talk about all this, including credit union partnerships, job training, financial education, goal setting, financial products, savings,...

Duration: 00:34:50


#16 - Tracking the ROI of Financial Education with NTCUE Shannon Cahoon

1/17/2017
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On today’s podcast, we’re going to be talking about a lot of interesting things, but mostly financial education. You’ll hear from Shannon Cahoon from Fibre Credit Union in Washington about financial literacy, her experiences at Crash the GAC last year and becoming 2016’s CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec. As part of the Next Top Credit Union Exec competition, each nominee has a project and Shannon’s is to track the return on investment of financial education. During the podcast, we talk...

Duration: 00:39:32


#15 - Bill Herring Talks Purpose, Louise Herring & More

1/3/2017
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Happy New Year! 2017 is upon us now and thus, this a very special episode to kick of the year. A little something to educate you, excite you and inspire you to do amazing things at your credit union to help more folks achieve financial freedom. On today’s podcast, you’ll hear from Bill Herring, recently retired President/CEO of Cincinnati Central Credit Union. Bill has left quite the credit union legacy, working over 40 years at his credit union, making an impact locally and nationally in...

Duration: 00:38:54


#13 - Scholarships & the BECU Foundation

11/28/2016
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On today’s podcast, we are going to be talking about a credit union foundation and awarding scholarships to high school seniors and undergraduates, which is a big part of many credit unions' community outreach and philanthropic work. Therefore, we looked to one of the biggest credit unions in the country, BECU in Washington, to learn more about the BECU Foundation. On the podcast, you’ll hear from Debbie Wege, Cooperative Community Advocate and Executive Director of the BECU Foundation,...

Duration: 00:18:58


#12 - Strategic Philanthropy with 1st Financial FCU

11/14/2016
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This episode of "Murmurings" dives deep into philanthropy, just in time for National Philanthropy Day (11/15)! Therefore, it seems only right to talk about philanthropy on today's podcast - specifically how to improve the financial lives of your members and those in your communities through impactful or strategic philanthropy. To dig into the topic, we take a look at 1st Financial FCU in St. Louis, a credit union that’s doing amazing work in this area. You'll hear from Laura Woods, Vice...

Duration: 00:28:19


#11 - Financial Reality Fairs

11/7/2016
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On today's podcast, we’re talking about Financial Reality Fairs. A Reality Fair is an interactive financial literacy experience for high school students. First, we talk with Dave Hinchey, Director of Community Impact at the Credit Union League of Connecticut, to give an overview of Reality Fairs since his state and credit unions there have had such great success with the program over the years. Then, we’ll hear from Peter Rector, Community Outreach Coordinator, IDA Manager for Maps Credit...

Duration: 00:30:23


#9 - Celebrating International Credit Day with Royal Credit Union

10/12/2016
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On this podcast, we’re talking about International Credit Union (ICU) Day, which is celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948. To hear about some innovative ICU Day efforts, we talk to Andrea Finn, Digital Marketing Manager for Royal Credit Union in Wisconsin and Minnesota. One major goal of Royal Credit Union on ICU Day is to raise awareness of credit unions and why they are better. You'll hear how they combined fliers, cups, bags, $2 bills, community conversations and more...

Duration: 00:29:46


#8 - Making Financial Education Exciting with "Ales & Assets" and "Speed Savings"

9/27/2016
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In this podcast, we talk about breaking the stereotype of financial education as "boring" and making credit unions' offerings more exciting. Many credit unions are doing really engaging activities in this area, but two stuck out immediately, which are the focus of today’s podcast. First, we talk with Audrey Stone from Sunmark FCU in New York, where they offer an award-winning financial education event entitled “Speed Savings”. Speed Savings is a unique event designed to help save members...

Duration: 00:33:57


#7 - Larry Blanchard: A Lifetime of Credit Union Development

9/14/2016
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On today's podcast, we talk to Larry Blanchard, retired CUNA Mutual Group executive, a true credit union pioneer in the areas of government affairs and public relations. His 40 years of credit union experience has allowed him to partner with a vast number of credit union players to include CUNA, The Foundation, NCUA, NCBA, CFA and others. Larry is best known for his effort to bring credit unions to the lives of so many Americans, being credited with helping to pass the historic...

Duration: 00:27:25

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