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Let’s Celebrate Learning & Development Month

CUES managing editor and publisher Theresa Witham
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From the editor

October is National Learning and Development Month, and CUES invites you to participate. 

First, join us Oct. 21 for an online Member Appreciation & Awards Event. Sarah Thomas, the NFL’s first female official, will kick things off with her presentation, “Breaking Through: My Journey to Becoming the First Female NFL Official.” The CUES award celebration will follow, where we’ll announce the winners in several categories—including our first ever DEI Catalyst for Change Award. The event is free to all CUES members. Register at cues.org/MAE

Decide to invest in yourself and your career in 2022. Visit our resource page at content.cues.org/budget-your-pd for ideas about how you can grow and reach your goals. You’ll want to start with an individual development plan—the resource page includes a guide and worksheet that you can download and fill out to help you focus. Next, compare your IDP to our events calendar and attend the learning opportunities that match your aspirations.

If working on diversity, equity and inclusion is part of your (or your credit union’s) goals, visit the CUES DEI Resource Center. Here you’ll find online courses, learning pathways and other resources to help you on your journey. 

In the center of this magazine, you’ll find the 2022 CUES Talent Development Guide. This comprehensive tool is meant for you to pull out and keep, so you can refer to it throughout the year.

CUES members have access to so many learning opportunities. If you have never completed a CUES Learning Portal pathway or Harvard ManageMentor® course, this is a great month to do so. And for board members, CUES Director Education Center and this magazine’s Governance+ content collection offer deep director competency training. If you have not used your CUES member benefits lately, this is a great time to review everything you get when you join. Visit cues.org/membership.

Finally, last year, we published the first CUES State of Credit Union Training and Development report based on findings from a survey of credit union CEOs and HR executives. This month, we will release the 2021 report, which outlines the most challenging aspects of talent development at credit unions and how they have changed in the past year, plus offers recommendations on how credit unions can meet those challenges. The top three challenges in 2021 are: building sufficient bench strength; attracting and retaining quality talent; and developing future leaders. 

Of course, these challenges are not exclusive to credit unions. But CUES member credit unions certainly have abundant learning resources to help meet each of them. I hope you’ll use our offerings to renew your commitment to your development this month! cues icon

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