Caroline Willard

Caroline Willard

About Caroline Willard

Caroline Willard began her tenure as the President & CEO of Cornerstone Credit Union League, CU Resources, and the Cornerstone Foundation in April, 2017.  In this role, she is responsible for growing both the for-profit and not-for-profit sides of the association by offering relevant services and ensuring that Cornerstone credit unions receive excellent legislative and regulatory advocacy support.

Prior to joining Cornerstone, Willard worked her way up the ranks at CO-OP Financial Services, handling duties as diverse as mergers and acquisitions, relationship management, marketing, product development, and strategic planning.  In her last role, she served as Executive Vice President, Markets & Strategy. 

Willard has also worked at two different financial institutions:  Downey Savings in Newport Beach, California and American First Credit Union in La Habra, California. 

A California native, Willard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Business Administration degree at Pepperdine University.  She now lives in The Colony Texas, not far from the Cornerstone headquarters.  

Leaning in Without Falling Over: Women and the Workplace

As the chief executive at the credit union movement’s largest regional league, Caroline Willard wants to make her gender a non-issue. Willard believes that women are especially well-suited to be leaders in a movement that is ripe for innovation, empathy and coalition-building. She also believes that women aren’t alone in finding it difficult to balance career and family concerns, and that we need to confidently ask for the support, compensation and authority to achieve our goals.

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