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Leadership Academy: Bridge the Gap Between New and Seasoned CU Leaders
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 6:30 AM

Is your chapter ready to take part in the Cornerstone Leadership Academy? This program is ideal for participants who are looking to grow and for current leaders who want to further demonstrate their expanded knowledge.

The Cornerstone Leadership Academy was designed with a clear focus on building leaders and encouraging growth through engagement. The objective of the Academy is to promote the overall industry, tie leaders closer to the credit union movement, and provide an avenue to receive mentoring and discuss leadership philosophy.

Here's what chapters and students can expect:

  • One day of learning per month in a classroom-style setting.
  • 9-month program delivered by the chapter.
  • Training designed by credit union leaders for credit union leaders.
  • Learning from "best of the best" facilitators and guest speakers.
  • Pairing with a specially chosen mentor.
  • In-depth leadership philosophy with seasoned professionals.
  • A springboard to next-level leadership training and positions.
  • Collaboration on an immersive leadership project.
  • Monthly Leadership “Lunch and Learn” sessions.
  • All ranges of credit union professionals accepted.

Educational Investment

The Cornerstone Leadership Academy is an educational opportunity that is open to Cornerstone-affiliated credit unions. Chapters and students must commit to one full day of learning per month for nine months.

In a classroom-style environment, facilitators lead students through modules that include team projects, assignments, and responsibilities; credit union history and culture, values and traditions; advocacy and compliance, regulators, laws, exams, and audits; leadership; branch operations; lending; information technology (IT); human resources; marketing; accounting and finance; and final project preparation. 

The Leadership Academy culminates in a graduation where students get to display all they have learned in a final presentation to benefit their credit union and their members.

Interested in starting the Leadership Academy at your chapter? Please contact Kati Buchanan at