Thank you for tuning in to episode 23 of The CUInsight Network, with your host, Lauren Culp, Publisher & CEO of CUInsight.com. In The CUInsight Network, we take a deeper dive with the thought leaders who support the credit union community. We discuss issues and challenges facing credit unions and identify best practices to learn and grow together.
My guest today is Oscar Porras, Senior Consultant of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Humanidei. At Humanidei, the team helps credit unions build capacity for becoming more inclusive organizations. Oscar says he saw a huge need for a more diverse workforce and leadership team when he realized he was one of the few bilingual employees at his credit union. He is driven to help credit unions better reflect the communities they serve at all levels of the organization.
During our discussion, Oscar explains that diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy ultimately helps credit unions better serve their members and become the employer of choice for talented mission-driven people. Diverse teams attract a wider range of talent into the company that contribute to a new pool of ideas, strategies, and solutions.
Listen as Oscar gives his thoughts on winning the war for talent, building a great team with diverse leadership, and better understanding marginalized communities. He dives into his tips for retaining talent by developing a path for employees. Oscar mentions that finding the right people is critical for credit unions, as people are the driving force behind technology, trends, member service, and more.
Tune in to hear about the recent purchase Oscar can’t live without, the people he thinks of when he hears the word “success,” and the ways he spends his time out of the office. Enjoy my conversation with Oscar Porras!
Show notes from this episode:
What an amazing interview with Oscar! Check out all the exceptional work his team is doing over at Humanidei here.
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Term mentioned: Xennials
Term mentioned: Great Resignation
Term mentioned: War for Talent
Shout-out: Jill Nowacki
Shout-out: Randall Smith
Shout-out: REACH Conference
Shout-out: Interactive Teller Machine (ITM)
Shout-out: CUInsight team
Shout-out: Oscar’s father
Shout-out: Oscar’s mother
Place mentioned: Mexico
Book mentioned: Safe Enough to Soar: Accelerating Trust, Inclusion, and Collaboration in the Workplace by Frederick A. Miller and Judith H. Katz
Shout-out: Oregon Ducks
In this episode:
[00:40] – Oscar Porras says he originally pursued his passion of architecture and drafting first. His part-time job during college introduced him to the world of finances.
[02:48] – Oscar gives his thoughts on the War for Talent, and how to attract top talent.
[04:59] – Having strategic approaches in DEI can retain talent. What insight can Oscar give about what talent goes through when in less diverse settings?
[06:43] – With a diverse team, members can feel more comfortable asking questions to explore more credit union services.
[08:53] – What trends are Humanidei paying attention to?
[10:45] – Business in today’s society still requires a human touch. Oscar discusses how humans and diversity tie into strategies for credit unions to stay relevant.
[12:01] – Oscar shares why he can longer work without a second screen for his laptop after the global lockdown.
[13:32] – From the story of overcoming, Oscar says his parents are two people who embody the word “success”. What did he learn from his parents?
[15:40] – Listen to what Oscar enjoys doing when he has a moment to relax or have fun.
[17:27] – Oscar suggests that leaders do this reflection if they are committed to moving DEI forward.