The CUInsight Network podcast: International support – Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions (#65)

Featuring Mike Reuter, Executive Director at Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions

Thank you for tuning in to episode 65 of The CUInsight Network, with your host, Lauren Culp, Publisher & CEO of 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 on today’s show is Mike Reuter, Executive Director at the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions (WFCU). Mike shares how the environment for credit unions has grown since the last time he was a guest on the podcast. WFCU focuses on strengthening credit unions while they serve and transform members’ lives worldwide. As an arm of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), they are advancing financial inclusion, global relief aid, DEI, and more through a vibrant and growing global credit union system. Mike shares his excitement for the 75th anniversary of International Credit Union Day held on October 19, 2023.

During our conversation, Mike and I chat about the strong levels of support across the global credit union movement. He shares the national and international initiatives that keep credit unions operating so teams can help their own communities. Listen as Mike talks about fostering stronger engagement and more connectivity within the global credit union system.

As we wrap up the episode, Mike talks about having a great time in Vancouver, balancing work and life, and pursuing further education to improve customer experiences. Enjoy my conversation with Mike Reuter!

Connect with Mike:
Mike Reuter, Executive Director at the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions
Mike: LinkedIn
WFCU: LinkedInFacebook | Twitter 

Show notes from this episode:
What an amazing interview with Mike! Check out all the exceptional work his team is doing over at WFCU here.
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Shout-out: World Credit Union Conference
Place mentioned: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Historic event mentioned: 2023 Hawaii wildfires
Shout-out: Hawaii Credit Union League
Place mentioned: Maui, HI
Shout-out: The National Credit Union Foundation
Shout-out: CUAid: Disaster Relief
Historic event mentioned: Russo-Ukrainian War
Place mentioned: Ukraine
Shout-out: Global Women’s Leadership Network
Education Program mentioned: Credit Union Development Education (DE Program)
Shout-out: CU Pride
Shout-out: African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC)
Shout-out: International Credit Union Day
Shout-out: CUNA
Shout-out: CUNA GAC
Shout-out: World Council of Credit Unions
Shout-out: Chad Helminak
Shout-out: Michigan State University
Shout-out: Mike’s family
Place mentioned: Wisconsin
Book mentioned: The Experience Economy by B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore
Previous CUInsight Network podcast appearance: Episode 28

In this episode:
[00:47] – Mike Reuter talks about the growth of the global credit union movement.
[03:08] – How have industry changes impacted how Mike interacts with credit unions?
[04:40] – Mike describes the process for how partnerships work with WFCU.
[06:32] – How does diversity and resiliency connect in the credit union industry?
[09:23] – What is WFCU’s approach to amplifying diversity?
[11:18] – International Credit Union Day is celebrating 75 years!
[12:55] – Mike talks about WFCU bridging the US credit union system and global peers.
[15:00] – What does Mike like to splurge on?
[17:30] – Mike encourages you to support the global credit union movement.

Lauren Culp

Lauren Culp

Lauren Culp is the President & CEO at She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects with ... Web: Details