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Women's Leadership Seminar 2018

Discover best practices and tactics for successfully navigating the challenges women leaders face. Gain insights, get inspired and develop your action plan.

Mar 13, 2018 08:30 AM   -­­  Mar 13, 2018 04:00 PM
Madison Concourse Hotel

One West Dayton Street


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Type of Event
In Person

Who Should Attend
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Front Line
  • Executive
  • Board Member
  • Feature
  • In Person
  • Operations
  • Member Services
  • Marketing
  • Lenders
  • Leadership
  • IT
  • Compliance
  • Advocacy



Engage with other women leaders at all points on their career path. Be inspired and inspire others to take charge of your career. Discover best practices and tactics for making the impossible possible. This is your opportunity to hone your leadership skills to benefit you, your team, your credit union and your members.

Register by February 12 and save $30 >>

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Learning Session

The Time is Now: Women in Leadership

Tansley Stearns | Chief Impact Officer, Filene Research Institute

Women traditionally make up 70% of credit union employees, but only 41% of the leadership team. Explore research that taps influencers of that trend, learn what some women are doing to enhance their opportunities to lead and look at the current state of women leaders in credit unions.

  • Learn how to enhance your opportunities for credit union leadership
  • Identify a series of small factors that eat away at career advancement for women
  • Discover how to create a culture of inclusivity and equality

The Glass Ceiling

Valerie Groth | Executive Life Coach & Speaker, Valerie Groth LLC & Inspiration With Val™

Hear how Valerie was told her dream was impossible, yet she and her team defied the odds. Their David vs. Goliath story is an example of what is possible when you have an undying passion and an unwillingness to give up in the face of challenge and adversity.  

  • Get inspired and find your own voice
  • Search for the issues you feel called to address - even those problems that seem insurmountable - and to take on your version of making the impossible POSSIBLE
  • Discover actionable steps, strategies and a blueprint you can use to go after your “impossible” dream

Emotional & Gender Intelligence: Is EQ More Important Than IQ?

Dr. Brandi Stankovic, CUDE, I-CUDE Senior Vice President, CU Solutions

An EQ leader understands what matters; wins support for ideas, vision and direction; and motivates a team that will collectively move together toward achieving the vision. Learn the differences between men and women and the key strategies for leading and retaining talented team members by helping them achieve their goals. Building emotional intelligence through gender will help you to communicate effectively and support a culture that promotes professional growth. 

  • Communicate more effectively
  • Win support from others on ideas and vision
  • Learn ways to motivate others

Roundtable Discussion

Join us for a highly interactive discussion focusing on issues faced by women in the workplace. 

  • Suggestions on work /life balance
  • Resources for mentors ​


Valerie Groth Executive Life Coach & Speaker | Valerie Groth LLC & Inspiration With Val™

Val runs an executive life coaching firm. She loves working with her clients on overcoming fear, gaining self-confidence and making massive positive transformations in their life. She believes that everyone is capable of living an energized and impassioned life and she loves to make the impossible POSSIBLE. Before starting her business, Val was a school social worker and therapist in the inner city schools of Chicago. She worked primarily with students in crisis, providing counseling services to those dealing with abuse, neglect, violence, hunger and mental illness. Val is now spearheading the mission to build Chicago’s first boarding school for inner city students. She is also the author The Power of the Possible: The Dire State of Inner City Education and One Woman’s Revolution to Fix It.

Dr. Brandi Stankovic, CUDE, I-CUDE Senior Vice President | CU Solutions

Brandi is an organizational change expert, motivational speaker, professor, artist and mommy. She consults with CEOs and their teams and drives a new product-led consulting strategy. Brandi is the coauthor of The Strategic MVP and the host of The Strategic Hotbox podcast. Brandi is a board director for the Nevada Council on Economic Education, Young Leaders vice chair for CMN Hospitals Credit Unions for Kids and the HRD Network Board advisor. She is also the World Young Credit Union Professionals Committee chair and US Ambassador for the Global Women’s Leadership Network, World Council of Credit Unions. She is the recipient of the National Credit Union Foundation’s DE Individual Achievement Award 2017, Credit Union Times Under 40 Trailblazer 2016, California Nevada Credit Union League Tomorrow’s Star 2015, MAC Gold Award Financial Literacy and Community Outreach 2015 and the HRD Network Outstanding CU Professional 2014.

Tansley Stearns, CUCME, CSE Chief Impact Officer | Filene Research Institute

Tansley knows how to help an organization move ideas forward to drive business results. She has a passion for learning, creating and executing. In her previous roles at credit unions she drove business with all frontline teams including the call center, branches, lending, training, compliance, marketing and business development. Tansley has been a key member of the Guiding Coalition at two credit unions, helping to build and develop sales and service cultures. She also helped her credit union win first place in both the Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring awards. Tansley was one of the original credit union professionals chosen to be a participant in Filene’s i3 innovation program. In her three years with i3, she worked with other credit union executives to create innovative projects including SmartScore, Decision Point and Debt in Focus. Credit Union Times named her a Trailblazer 40 Below in 2013.

Registration Fee

$249 regular | $219 early bird, before February 12, 2018
Registration fee is per participant and includes lunch.
Sleeping rooms are not included.  

Venue & Lodging

Madison Concourse Hotel 
One West Dayton St. Madison, WI 53703  p: (800) 356-8293
Rate: $149 single, plus tax
Room block expires: February 12, 2018
When making reservation, mention the Wisconsin Credit Union League or Group ID 671467