CU Pride announces virtual event for Transgender Awareness Week

Save the Date – Thursday, November 19th 10:00 am PST

BOULDER CITY, NV (November 13, 2020) CU Pride, the LGBTQ+ community organization for the credit union industry, announces Educate, Inspire & Empower, a virtual event, on Thursday, November 19 at 10 am PST. The event will include speaker Ashley T. Brundage, founder and president of Empowering Differences will share three of her 10 empowering differences that will help increase the metrics of intersectional and diverse employees in your organization and shares her journey as a transgender woman creating a path to success. “CU Pride exists to continue education for the credit union industry and what better way to learn than through the storytelling of someone who has lived it,” CU Pride co-founder and Element FCU CEO Linda Bodie said.

Ashley T. Brundage

Ashley’s personal story of inclusion began when she decided to self-identify during job interview’s as a male to female transgender woman, she fought through discrimination and harassment to rise above and find employment as a teller for a major US based corporation. Then through various financial roles over the next 5 years, Ashley earned her current position as a Vice President with the National Diversity and Inclusion team. “Not only has Ashley shown determination and grit, she uses data and metrics to present a business case as to why transgender employees positively affect the bottom line,” said Zach Christensen, CU Pride co-founder and director of communications and marketing at Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates.

GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation describe Transgender Awareness Week (November 13-19) as the week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community. “Although all LGBTQ+ people are vulnerable, our transgender family are even more so. Especially those who are black, indigenous or people of color,” CU Pride co-founder and Corelation conversion strategist, Dan Marquez said. 

The virtual event welcomes everyone who wishes to learn and support our transgender family within LGBTQ+ community. “There is no better time for the industry to lean in, be visible, learn, and stand up as allies of the transgender community,” said Dr. Brandi Stankovic, CU Pride co-founder and chief strategy officer with CU Solutions Group. 

Click here to register today! 

To get involved and stay up to date with CU Pride, follow our Facebook Page and if you are in the credit union industry, click here to join our private Facebook Group and learn more.

About CU Pride

CU Pride™ is the LGBTQ+ network association for credit unions. Supporting LGBTQ+ credit union professionals, members and allies, CU Pride™ has a mission to provide opportunities for education, engagement, sharing, and celebration that lets the credit union industry to embrace a diverse, vulnerable and inclusive community. CU Pride™ has evolved from industry affinity group to a formalized network  focused on driving vulnerable collaboration around critical issues impacting the credit union LGBTQ+ community and the members they serve. CU Pride™ is a critical component of all diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and will stand up to have a voice within the industry. CU Pride™️ is a division of Mitchell, Stankovic and Associates.  


Zach Christensen

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