Raising the Level of Leadership
The Cornerstone Leadership Academy was designed by credit union professionals for credit union professionals. With a clear focus on building leaders within our credit unions, the Leadership Academy allows for growth through engagement.
The Academy is a nine-month program featuring training from local industry experts on credit union-specific topics. The objective is to foster the necessary leadership skills in up-and-coming professionals here in our three-state region. The curriculum is ideal for anyone looking to grow and engage, whether they are 30 days or 30 years into their career. The program also offers experienced leaders an opportunity to pass down some of their knowledge and engage with new individuals in their chapter, and beyond.
“The Cornerstone Leadership Academy was an eye-opener to all things credit union and is a great buffer for the Southwest CUNA Management School. Not only did the class cover the industry, but it really delved into what leadership truly is, which proved to be invaluable and what I got most out of the Academy. The small class size allowed for a more personal experience, and I will carry what I learned with me not only at work but in life as well.”
~ Kimberli Felts, Branch Manager at MTCU
All credit union professionals affiliated with Cornerstone chapters are encouraged to apply.
Through the Cornerstone Collaboration Program, each student is carefully paired with a mentor from across the region. If you’ve had a good mentor in the past, you undoubtedly recognize the incalculable value to your career that a mentor can provide. The program also offers opportunities to connect and network with other industry professionals.
Even if you're not thinking about becoming a student in the Academy, sign up for this incredible initiative for a personally rewarding experience.
The Cornerstone Leadership Academy is also a springboard for students to become next-level credit union leaders. As an introductory leadership course, the Leadership Academy provides the foundation for future development in educational programs, such as cuLEAD360 Leadership Development Program, the Cornerstone Principles and Philosophy Conference, the Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) training, and the Southwest CUNA Management School (SCMS).
Chapters and students must commit to one full day of learning per month for nine months. Additionally, program participants will work outside of class, reading two leadership books and collaborating on a comprehensive group project.
In a classroom-style environment, facilitators lead students through the following modules:
The dean is responsible for the month-to-month logistics of the program. This individual serves as the central point of contact for students, facilitators, venues, and the league liaison. The dean is also responsible for attending each day of the Leadership Academy curriculum to ensure that everything is on track. Additionally, the dean has general oversight of the program. Co-deans are recommended to share responsibilities and provide different perspectives. The dean is responsible for the following:
To access dean resources, contact Meghan Jamison, program specialist, at 800-442-5762, ext. 6449.