‘I didn’t get here alone’

Donna Bland is inspired by the women of yesterday and today.

Donna Bland views Women’s History Month as a time to reflect on the women who came before her, fighting for civil rights, saving lives, breaking barriers, and overcoming obstacles.

“I also think about the many women who are alive today and making a difference one person at a time,” says Bland, President and CEO at $18 billion asset Golden 1 Credit Union in Sacramento, Calif. “I am proud to be a woman, and this month honors our history.”

Bland reflects on her path to Golden 1, the importance of culture, women who’ve inspired her, and more.

CUNA News: Tell us about your background and your path to Golden 1?

Donna Bland: I was raised in in San Francisco and was always inspired by the skyline of the Financial District. We were of modest means, and I began working while in high school. I began my career as a bank teller while still in college.


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