Tinker Federal Credit Union has been given the opportunity to send one of its own to participate in the World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) International Credit Union Leadership Program. VP/Branch Manager Karl Wasserleben has been selected by TFCU and WOCCU to travel to Brazil to visit SICREDI, Brazil’s largest cooperative credit system, as well as several other credit unions in the country.
Wasserleben is one of 12 credit union leaders from across the United States, and one of seven from the Cornerstone Credit Union League region, selected for this program. The group will travel to Brazil on Jan. 12 and return on Jan. 25.
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.
“I look forward to learning about the Brazilian culture and customs; learning more about their credit union philosophy and financial set up,” Wasserleben said. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I plan to use to learn as much as possible. I think my time spent there will open my mind both professionally and personally.”
To be selected by WOCCU for the program, participants are required to submit an application with an essay, pass an interview and be available for two full weeks away from their credit union. Applicants must 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.
“I am excited to see Karl have this exclusive opportunity to visit a credit union outside the United States. It is important for us to learn just how institutions like TFCU benefit peoples of all means throughout the world,” TFCU President/CEO Mike Kloiber said.
“Credit unions play a very important role in enhancing consumers’ lives everywhere, and it is important that we continue to share ideas and learn from each other.”
In October 2013, TFCU hosted Marcio Cappellari, SICREDI’s data center manager, under the same program.
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