The African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) has launched the Rosemary Brinkley C-Level Leadership Development Program (BLDP) aimed at establishing a pipeline of diverse executive leaders in the credit union industry.

The 12-month cohort leadership program blends intensive learning curriculum, mentoring and interactive live skill building sessions. The program is ideal for individuals who want to have impactful roles that drive business success. A tailored solution designed specifically for high achieving professionals who desire to cultivate their leadership skills, the BLDP supports middle managers and credit union leaders needing to develop as an executive or improve their C-Level brand. Focused on competencies such as alignment to execution, business acumen and business agility, the BLDP will help participants learn to achieve results and drive change in their organizations.

“We are thrilled to bring this new program to AACUC members and partners,” said Renée Sattiewhite, President/CEO of the AACUC. “We know that the colored majority is still underrepresented in the c-suite at many of our credit unions. We are proud to be able to cultivate talent and create a pipeline of future inclusive executives with impeccable leadership competencies.”

In partnership with McPherson, Berry & Associates and sponsored by Educational Systems Federal Credit Union and SRP Federal Credit Union, the program is designed to develop and deliver executive development to AACUC member credit unions and members.

“At SRP FCU we focus on collaboration and excellence. We are proud to support this important program,” stated Sandra DeVoe Bland, Board Chair of SRP FCU.

AACUC’s program delivery fills a gap concerning representation in the marketplace. Eighty-five percent of business executives believe diversity is crucial to driving innovation. Additionally, ethnically diverse companies outperform their peers financially.

“Successful organizations have talent at every level that mirrors their diverse market,” said LaSonya Berry, President/CEO of McPherson, Berry & Associates. “Developing diverse talent is vital to succession planning and retention, reducing turbulence, safeguarding an organization’s competitiveness, preserving profitability and advancing innovation.”

Rosemary Brinkley, the program’s namesake, was a former member of the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union in Greenbelt, MD for more than 50 years. She served for 46 years on the Board of Directors. During her service, Ms. Brinkley held the offices of Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair.

The Rosemary Brinkley C-Level Leadership Development Program was named after Ms. Brinkley because “Rosemary always led with her mantra of ‘We can do better,’” said Chris Conway, President/CEO of Educational Systems FCU. “She was a true champion of education and credit unions.”

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