Young credit union professionals are very motivated to make a difference, CUNA Social Media Administrator Christina Salemi told CUltivate. In a recent interview with the publication, Salemi shared her thoughts on becoming a DE, “crashing” CUNA conventions and the importance of mentorship, among other topics.
Having been in the movement nearly five years, Salemi said becoming a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) through the DE program was a goal from the beginning, and that she learned several things.
“First, there’s good people out there who want to help you make your financial dreams come true. Second, it’s not just a professional growth but a personal one as well. Third, it’s the longest/shortest week of your life. And finally, trust the process!” she said. “The CUDE program focuses on exploring the “why” and purpose of credit unions. The week long training allows you to escape your daily distractions and work obligations by focusing on why we do what we do. It’s a transformative training that will stay with you forever!”
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