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Cooperative Finance Leaders for America: New Pilot Program to Help Create Future Credit Union Leaders
Thursday, May 9, 2013 6:20 AM

Is your credit union in need of fresh new talent? The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation) is launching a pilot program geared toward cultivating future credit union leaders, and your credit union could be one of the lucky few to work with these future leaders.

The Cooperative Finance Leaders for America (CFLA) plans to recruit, train and support 15 new and emerging professionals – recent college grads, graduate students, returning veterans and displaced financial workers – over the course of the six-month paid fellowship. During the program, the new leaders will have the opportunity to put their leadership skills to the test at participating credit unions that serve low- and moderate-income communities. In turn, the credit unions will gain a talented, diverse staff to add to their team for six months.

The program includes a two-week summer institute (one week in person, the other online) in August, as well as ongoing support throughout the six-month fellowship. CFLA alumni will also receive long-term support with the goal that they will one day become thought leaders and CEOs of their own credit unions. The fellowships are expected to begin in September and end in February 2014.

Credit unions and fellows interested in participating should apply by May 29. For a complete description of the CFLA Program and application information, click here.

For additional questions, please contact Pamela Owens, vice president of programs at (212) 809-1850, ext. 215 or, or contact Jason Chang, program associate at ext. 205 or