The CUInsight Experience podcast: Carrie Hunt – Approaching advocacy (#66)

“Confidence is the key to all things in life.” - Carrie Hunt

The CUInsight Experience featuring Carrie Hunt

Thank you for tuning in to episode 66 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, Co-founder of This episode is brought to you by our friends at CO-OP Financial Services. CO-OP is your trusted payment processing partner whose mission is to drive the credit union movement forward.

On this week’s episode, I’m discussing the current state of credit union advocacy efforts with Carrie Hunt, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Council for the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU). During our conversation, we talk about some of the major advocacy challenges she and her team are facing, including gridlock, disruptions to the industry, and outside players, and why credit unions shouldn’t be afraid to join the fight. 

While Carrie says we have some tough challenges ahead of us as an industry, It’s out of those challenges that opportunities arise. She’s seen it happen numerous times throughout her career at NAFCU, and it’s what motivates her and her team to keep pushing forward. 

Carrie and I also chat about leadership and making tough decisions. She shares with us some of the things she’s learned as both a leader and manager, as well as some of the mistakes she made as a young leader. We also discuss how mentors have helped her in her career and personal life and the best advice she’s ever received – have fun!

Additionally, during the rapid-fire questions part of the interview, Carrie shares a super funny story about the first time she got into memorable trouble, what she wanted to be when she grew up, and more. You won’t want to miss it! 

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How to find Carrie:
Carrie Hunt, EVP of Government Affairs and General Counsel for NAFCU
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Show notes from this episode:
Shout-out: to our friends at CO-OP Financial Services, our first sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! 
Learn more about the work Carrie and her team are doing at NAFCU here
Shout-out: Todd Clark
Shout-out: Xerox
Shout-out: Dan Berger
Shout-out: Carrie’s Grandmother
Shout-out: Congressional Research Service 
Shout-out: Carrie’s Parents 
Shout-out: Jill Nowacki
Album: Mixed Tape by Andy Campbell
Book mentioned: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 
Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Todd Clark, Dan Berger, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37 & 64)
You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here

In This Episode:
[01:43] – Carrie, welcome to the show!
[02:09] – Carrie shares what she sees as the biggest challenges for credit unions.
[03:27] – You’ve been in Washington for a while, have you seen such gridlock where nothing moves?
[05:39] – Carrie speaks about what she believes needs to fundamentally change to keep credit unions relevant.
[07:25] – Carrie discusses outside players getting a share of a wallet and how it has affected the way she advocates for credit unions.
[09:12] – In a year what will you be proud that you have accomplished with NAFCU?
[10:42] – Carrie shares what inspired her to take the position at NAFCU.
[11:37] – She chats about how the inspiration has changed since she has been in the position at NAFCU.
[12:23] – Carrie speaks about how her leadership skills have evolved.
[13:36] – As a leader, is there something your team at NAFCU has heard you say so many times that they can finish your sentence?
[15:42] – Carrie discusses why she believes that to be a leader you have to be an extrovert is a myth.
[17:00] – Not listening enough and being focused on one’s self is some mistakes she sees young leaders make today.
[18:43] – Have you had mentors over the years and if so how did they help in your career?
[20:09] – Carrie speaks about a time when she felt lost and didn’t like what she was doing.
[21:21] – She shares what a typical day looks like for her and what would make a day perfect.
[23:06] – Carrie discusses a time when she felt like she crushed it, and it makes her smile.
[24:11] – She chats about what she does to recharge when she has a day off.
[25:40] – Carrie speaks about the first time she got into memorable trouble in high school.
[28:13] – What did you want to be when you grew up?
[29:17] – What is your favorite album of all time?
[30:08] – What book do you give the most often?
[30:56] – Carrie shares what she finds more important now and what she finds less.
[31:54] – Carrie says that her parents are the first people that come to mind when she hears the word success.
[33:33] – Do you have any final thoughts or asks for our listeners today?
[34:24] – Carrie, thank you for being on the show and be safe.

Randall Smith

Randall Smith

Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust. As one of the co-founders of CUInsight he looks ... Web: Details