SECU’s Sarah Ryan named 2022 Leading Women Honoree by The Daily Record

RALEIGH, NC (August 25, 2022) — The Daily Record has named Sarah Ryan, Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement at SECU – Maryland’s largest state-chartered credit union, to its 2022 list of Leading Women Under 40.

The Daily Record’s Leading Women awards honor women who are 40 years of age or younger for the accomplishments they have made so far in their careers. Winners were selected for the honor based on their professional experience, community involvement and commitment to inspiring change. The honorees were selected by previous Leading Women and The Daily Record.

“We are thrilled that Sarah will be recognized by The Daily Record for her influence and contributions to the community and the industry,” said Becky Smith, EVP and Chief Strategy & Growth Officer at SECU. “Sarah is an invaluable asset to the SECU team and the Baltimore community. In addition to her role at SECU, she volunteers her time and talents in the community and participates on numerous planning committees to ensure programs, events and ideas are implemented to improve and enhance the region.”

In 2021, Ryan was named the Director of the SECU MD Foundation – SECU’s philanthropic arm – where she is responsible for the strategy and coordination of the credit union’s corporate and charitable giving. Her oversight includes managing SECU’s strategic partnerships, sponsorships, in-kind donations and employee volunteerism, while also organizing the SECU MD Foundation’s programming, grants and fundraising. Under Ryan’s leadership and vision, SECU and the SECU MD Foundation have successfully executed programs that positively impacted the communities they serve. This includes inspiring nearly 100,000 acts of kindness and donating $50,000 in grants through their annual Kindness Campaign as well as awarding $115,000 in scholarships through the SECU MD Foundation Scholarship Program.

“The 2022 Leading Women demonstrate ideas, energy and creative spirit that strengthen companies across the state and beyond,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, senior group publisher of The Daily Record. “In addition to professional excellence, they are also committed to their communities and to mentoring others. We at The Daily Record congratulate them for their success thus far and look forward to their future accomplishments.”

This year’s honorees were recognized at an awards celebration at the Baltimore Museum of Art on Wednesday, August 24. To view the full list of 2022 Leading Women, visit

Sarah Ryan

About State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU)

A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, and federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), SECU has been providing employees of the state of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 86 years. SECU is the second largest credit union in the United States with $50 billion in assets. It serves over 2.7 million members through 275 branch offices, over 1,100 ATMs, Member Services Support via phone,, and a Mobile App.

About The Daily Record

The Daily Record is a digital first, daily newsroom with frequent updates on business and law at The Daily Record publishes a print edition on weekdays in addition to more than 25 special products a year including Power Lists ranking the key people in Maryland in a variety of industries, Doing Business in Maryland, Way to Be and Expanding Opportunities. It also focuses on women business leaders with Women’s Perspectives, including a monthly podcast, webinar series, every-other-week email newsletter and a special quarterly print content package along with Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Leading Women and Women’s Leadership Summit events. The Daily Record hosts 11 annual events to recognize excellence and provide leadership opportunities. These events include Most Admired CEOs, Influential Marylanders, Health Care Heroes, Icon Honors and more. The Daily Record also facilitates monthly webinars bringing local experts from the business community together to discuss current topics and trends. Its Digital Marketing Solutions helps customers with social media, search engine marketing and optimization, retargeting, email marketing and more. The Daily Record, with 134 years of editorial excellenceis part of BridgeTower Media, one of the country’s leading business-to-business media companies with more than 40 print and digital publications in more than 25 U.S. markets.


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