When the University of Montana approached us about partnering with the Women’s Leadership Initiative to empower and connect women leaders, we didn’t have to think twice. And when asked about who on our team would like to participate, we didn’t have to look very far.
In its first three years, the program gained momentum with participants from UM. But, with aspirations to expand and make an even greater impact, UM sought the support of more like-minded partners. “The Credit Union is highly invested in the community,” Nicky says. “The University is very invested in the betterment of both our employees and the community. So, I think it’s a natural alignment.”
Two of our team members, Erika and Rachel, along with ten UM staff, will participate in the 2019-2020 leadership cohort. They’ll attend regular gatherings and leadership trainings. They’ll also be connected with campus, community, and state leaders and lead community events to help drive awareness. “This is the first year we’ve opened up to a partnership beyond the University. We’re really excited that partnership is with Clearwater.”
The only reason we were able to relaunch the Women’s Leadership Initiative this year was because of the support of the Credit Union.— Nicky Phear
We believe banking should be empowering. And when it comes to promoting diversity, we believe banking should lead by example. That’s why we’re working with Nicky to help women leaders as they build more inclusive organizations, starting with ours.