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Communication FCU Compliance Officer Sees Internship as Opportunity to Learn and Grow Professionally
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 6:45 AM

Joey Griffith, a compliance officer with Communication FCU, is new to the credit union movement, having only worked for the Oklahoma City-based credit union for two-and-a-half years. However, during his short tenure, he’s already made up his mind that he’s in the right place. Seeking to learn more about the international credit union movement, Griffith will leave Saturday for a two-week credit union internship in Brazil.

Griffith is one of 12 credit union leaders from across the United States, and one of seven from the Cornerstone Credit Union League region, selected to participate in the World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) International Credit Union Leadership Program.

The International Credit Union Leadership Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to various credit unions. Participants travel to a different country to spend time with a credit union there, in an intensive short-term internship designed to broaden their professional experience. Griffith and the other 11 credit union executives will be interning with Sicredi, one of the most important cooperatives in Brazil. The internship is Jan. 12-25.

“I wanted to participate in this program for personal and professional development. Specifically I wanted to witness how a financial cooperative in another nation engages and mobilizes their membership for mutual gain,” Griffith said. “I’d also like to observe the management structure of another cooperative, since I am relatively new to credit unions.”

Griffith says he’s also interested in learning about other cultures and business practices.

“While I have a strong understanding of the credit union philosophy, I would like to see how another cooperative functions. I believe that this was a perfect opportunity to do so. I believe the better credit union professional I am, the more I will be able to serve my members and help them realize the full potential of their credit union,” added Griffith.

To be selected by WOCCU for the program, participants were required to submit an application with an essay, pass an interview and be available for two full weeks away from their credit union. Applicants had to demonstrate personal commitment to the credit union industry, including the ability to have significant influence, have a career trajectory within the industry and exhibit the potential to advance the credit union system.

 

Related:

Seven CU Execs from Cornerstone Region Selected to Participate in January 2014 Internship in Brazil

Sicredi Executives Complete Three-week Internship in Cornerstone Region