The CUInsight Experience podcast: Mina Worthington – Dragon slaying (#91)

“Never let a crisis go wasted.” - Mina Worthington

Thank you for tuning in to episode 91 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.

Randy has Mina Worthington as his guest on the show today. She is the President and CEO of Solarity Credit Union in Yakima, Washington. We talk about digital transformation, the future of credit unions, remote work, what the workplace looks like going forward, and how to keep the credit union culture intact with all the changes. 

Listen as Mina shares how she keeps her team connected during this crisis, how she has grown as a leader because of it, and the biggest changes at her credit union that she plans on carrying over once the pandemic is over. Mina also discusses how she maintains the credit union culture with everyone working remotely and what she will be most proud to have accomplished a year from now.

Additionally, Mina discusses why she took the position as President and CEO of Solarity, how the inspiration has changed, and some tips for new CEOs dealing with uncertainty. Mina also speaks about some leadership myths she wants to debunk and that she loves to spend time with her family, boating, or traveling when she has time away from the office.

In the rapid-fire questions section, we learned that Mina wanted to be a graphic designer when she grew up, she was a slacker and partier in high school, and that she loves Guns & Roses as much as I do. When she hears the word success, she thinks of her husband because of everything he has accomplished. This was a fun conversation you don’t want to miss. Enjoy!

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How to find Mina:
Mina Worthington, President and CEO of Solarity Credit Union
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Show notes from this episode:
A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!
Check out all the outstanding work that Mina and her team at Solarity are doing here.
Shout-out: Mina’s team at Solarity Credit Union
App mentioned: Yammer
Shout-out: Chuck Purvis
Shout-out: CUNA
Shout-out: Sheryl Sandberg
Shout-out: Jill Nowacki
Book mentioned: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Shout-out: Steve Swanston
Shout-out: Karin Sand & Fred Johnson
Shout-out: Mina’s husband and children
Shout-out: Victor Corro
Shout-out: Tansley Stearns
Album mentioned: Appetite for Destruction by Guns & Roses
Book mentioned: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by James C. Collins
Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Chuck Purvis, Steve Swanston, Victor Corro, Tansley Stearns, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82

This Episode:
[01:53] – Welcome to the show, Mina!
[02:05] – Mina shares how her team is holding up.
[03:04] – Mina speaks about how she keeps her team connected with emails and video recordings.
[05:03] – Listen as Mina shares how she has grown as a leader during this pandemic.
[07:24] – What are your credit union’s biggest changes, and how will they change going forward?
[09:00] – Mina speaks about how to maintain the culture when everyone is working remotely.
[12:09] – Mina discusses what she believes that credit unions need to do to stay relevant in the future.
[13:19] – What will you be most proud of that your team has accomplished twelve months from now?
[15:01] – Mina speaks about what inspired her to take the job as President and CEO of Solarity.
[18:24] – Mina says that the inspiration hasn’t changed over her years as CEO.
[20:12] – Do you have any tips for new CEOs going through the pandemic?
[21:27] – Mina shares what her team has heard her say over and over.
[21:46] – Mina speaks about the myth about leadership that she wants to debunk.
[22:22] – Listen as Mina discusses some mistakes she sees young leaders make today.
[23:07] – Mina shares some advice that a mentor gave her she uses to this day.
[24:07] – What do you do to recharge when you have a day off?
[25:11] – Mina shares how she was in high school, and the first time she got into memorable trouble.
[25:57] – What did you want to be when you grew up?
[26:18] – Mina speaks about her morning routine and how she needs to exercise or her entire day feels off.
[26:45] – What is the best album of all time?
[27:18] – Is there a book you think everyone should read?
[27:30] – She says that her weekends have become more important, and friends have become less important.
[28:42] – Mina says that the first person she thinks of when she hears the word success is her husband.
[29:51] – Mina shares some final asks for the listeners.
[30:51] – Thank you so much for being on the show!

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