Women have come a long way in the workforce. They have undergone many challenges in fighting for the right to work, fighting for equal pay, and making a stand in not backing down to those who think women can’t perform the same as men can. It is astonishing how much women have endured in the industry, and have empowered others to take a stand for equal rights. In today’s world, when a woman is in power and is succeeding in making a difference in the workforce, it supplies encouragement to many other women to do the same.
Women in power express many attributes that differ from men. You might think that it is discriminatory to compare gender roles, but the truth is that this is all factual. An interesting fact that caught our eye in an article called The Conversation stated that “Women comprise 47% of the U.S. workforce, yet they make up barely a quarter of all senior executives at large U.S. public companies. Even worse, only about 5% of Standard & Poor’s 500 companies have female CEOs.” That is a shocking number since women make up 50% of the population. Even when women are appointed higher positions, there will be times when they are given the opportunity to run a company that is in bad shape, inadequately represented, and needs a lot of work to get it on track.
Wouldn’t you think that widening the talent pool would give companies more power to develop different types of talents? Hiring women can help increase awareness of the company in many different ways. One reason is that many workers who have a female in a higher position will tend to be more at ease in opening up a conversation, and feel more “listened to” in certain situations. Another fact is that in today’s age, many workers have a higher chance of working in a company that support equal opportunity and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants. Not only do gender roles play a factor, but having diversity at work will allow different types of energies and strategies to come into play for many different tasks.
So, what makes a great leader?
A perfect example of a strong, independent woman who made history is Katherine Johnson. She worked for NASA as an American mathematician, and her expertise helped send astronauts to the moon. During her extremely successful career, Katherine earned a reputation for mastering one of the most complex manual calculations and had the honor of being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2015. While pursuing her many achievements, Katherine never abandoned her determination to be successful, and in 2019, she was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal Award. Katherine is one example among many other women in the industry who always strived to be on top. Her quick wit and willpower to succeed in her career are eye-opening for many women today.
Just to name a few powerful female credit union CEO’s:
- Kim Sponem from Summit Credit Union
- Erin Mendez from Patelco Credit Union
- Mary McDuffie from Navy Federal Credit Union
- Lisa Ginter from CommunityAmerica Credit Union
- Donna Bland from Golden 1 Credit Union
There are many events that happen throughout the year that are designed to inspire women in the industry. Some of these events are:
- Global Women’s Leadership Conference
- Women’s Leadership Conference
- Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network
We at Oak Tree have a higher percentage of women working for the company than men, and we are so proud to work for a company that symbolizes and empowers women. We always give 100% of our hearts to the #CUfamily and will always have at hand the best compliant products and services anyone has seen. Our business model has been created for a way to integrate our forms seamlessly with your technology for outstanding performance. We strive to help your company grow and succeed even more than it already has. Just know that even when we do supply forms to your credit union, you will never be alone. Oak Tree offers training/compliance support, and you will have unlimited, free telephonic support in addition to our on-site activities. Let us know how we can help you help your members!
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