CUES Emerge Is Back!

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

4 minutes

From the editor

CUES Emerge, the industry’s premier emerging leader program, is accepting applications for the 2022 cohort through Feb. 14.

Encouraging your credit union’s emerging leaders to participate in the program is a great way to show your appreciation of them and your faith in their abilities and future. 

CUES Emerge participants don’t just gain leadership skills; they leave the program more energized and confident.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what some past participants have said:

“I now look forward to Wednesdays just because of this program. I love the [Virtual Classroom] sessions, but I truly love the discussion and support that I get from the Mastermind sessions every other week. Networking and honest discussion are the most beneficial to me,” says Amanda Knodel, CCM, COO at $85 million Pinnacle Credit Union, Atlanta.

“This program has been life-changing, especially as I navigate credit union culture, processes and procedures,” says CUES member Amber Stutzman, CCM, member loyalty manager at $2.7 billion Oregon Community Credit Union, Eugene.

“I am really learning a lot! This program is and will continue to be an asset to me for years to come,” says Aziza Gary, CCM, financial wellness manager at $1.3 billion Baltimore-based MECU.

“This is an opportunity to get involved in the industry, network and learn from industry leaders,” says Alex Hsu, CCM, the 2021 CUES Emerging Leader and VP/planning and change management at $26 billion SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, Tustin, California. 

Hsu won for his Innovation Center of Excellence, an adaptable framework that can be scaled for use at any size credit union. Read more about him at

As credit unions continue to struggle with staffing related to “The Great Resignation,” what better way to show employees they are valued and that you see great things in their career futures? 

Speaking of The Great Resignation, read the article about how you can help keep your future leaders in this issue. A few of the strategies mentioned include creating an empowering culture, building loyalty with recognition programs and creating pathways for upward mobility. Encouraging a young leader to apply for CUES Emerge helps accomplish all three, plus much more.

Learn more at cuesemerge.comcues icon

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