Getting Real About the Hard Stuff

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

4 minutes

From the editor

This month, I am looking forward to CUES RealTalk! This new online discussion series will cover the important—but often hard to discuss—issues impacting the credit union industry. 

The theme for its first year is “Women in the Workforce: Because $0.82 is NOT Enough.” Women at all levels face challenges in the workplace that their male counterparts do not. Unequal pay, gender stereotypes, the impact of at-home caregiving … the list goes on. Addressing and overcoming these challenges can make or break a career.

Each quarter, a group of accomplished female leaders, experts and professionals will join in a candid discussion about the obstacles women grapple with in the workplace.

“It’s no secret that women at all levels face workplace challenges that men do not,” says my colleague Dawn Poker, CUES’ SVP/chief sales & member relations officer. “Our goal with CUES RealTalk! is to address these challenges to help professionals in the industry explore ways to overcome and work through these barriers.”

These sessions are bound to be cathartic and validating. But they will go beyond simple commiserating. It is our goal that attendees walk away with actionable ideas and solutions they can use right away to help individual people, maybe even themselves, as well as their organizations. 

“And we want everyone to know—it’s important that men also attend CUES RealTalk! so they can join the conversation, be part of the solution and better understand these challenges,” adds Poker. “After all, these are people issues—not just female issues.”

Mark your calendar for these dates.

  • Session 1: The Great Resignation, Nov. 10, 2021 
  • Session 2: The Gender Pay Gap, March 16, 2022
  • Session 3: The Confidence Gap, June 22, 2022
  • Session 4: The Double Bind, Sept. 21, 2022

This event is being offered at no charge, and all industry professionals are encouraged to be part of the conversation. You can learn more at I hope to see you there! cues icon

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