Celebrating 100 Episodes!

CUES managing editor and publisher Theresa Witham
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VP/Publications & Publisher

2 minutes

The 100th episode of CUES Podcast is set to hit the airwaves this month, and to celebrate, we asked you to help shape the topics that will be covered in this milestone installment and in future episodes. 

We have had a great response with many interesting and reflective questions. While it’s too late to submit a question for our 100th episode, we hope to continue this question-and-answer format going forward. I encourage you to leave a voicemail at 325.603.2589 or, if (like me) you’re not a big phone fan, submit a question using the form at We’ll reach out to industry experts to answer your question on a future episode of the CUES Podcast. If you don’t delay, it’s not too late to enter our contest for wireless earbuds.

We launched the podcast in late 2016 with host James Lenz, professional development manager at CUES. Later, CUES Senior Editor Lisa Hochgraf came on as an alternate podcast host.

“Over the years, we’ve explored topics like strategy, member experience, marketing, mentoring, innovation, governance and leadership. More recently, we’ve focused on topics to help today’s leaders deal with current crises,” says Lenz.

The most-listened-to episode has been No. 19 with Linda Bodie, CEO/innovator at Element FCU, Charleston, West Virginia, speaking about innovation. Episode 73 has also been popular. In that show, Deedee Myers, Ph.D., and Peter Myers of CUESolutions provider DDJ Myers Ltd. speak about how to smash a CEO interview. More recently, listeners tuned in to hear Tim Green, president/CEO of F&A FCU, Los Angeles, talk about his CU’s proactive pandemic response. Find all past episodes at or on the podcatcher of your choice, including Apple, Stitcher or (my favorite) Overcast.

It is hard to pick my favorite episode, but I have especially enjoyed episode 83, “How Leaders Can Foster Creativity,” with Beta Mannix, Ph.D.; episode 76, “How to Recruit, Engage and Retain Millennial Directors,” with CUES 2018 Distinguished Director and member James Sackett; and episode 55, “The Strategic Gut Check,” with consultant Bryn Conway, MBA, CUDE.

“The CUES Podcast averages 900 downloads a month, offering a free and easy way for the industry’s professionals to hear directly from experts,” says Lenz.

Those who leave a question before Sept. 7 and meet qualification criteria will be entered to win a pair of Jabra Elite 65t earbuds, valued at $150. Learn more about participating and see the contest rules at

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