Female executives from both Georgia’s Own Credit Union and Publix Employees Federal Credit Union recently sat down with Creditunions.com to discuss working tips, career lessons and legacy desires in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8.
“In 2017, Callahan examined leadership teams at U.S. credit unions and found 51.4% of CEOs were females,” according to the article. “When it comes to assets under female stewardship, however, the movement outperforms other industries and notable, successful companies — but still has some ground to make up if it is to reflect true equality.”
Cheryl Brown, chief people and organizational excellence officer at Publix Employees Federal Credit Union told Creditunions.com that maintaining strong self-esteem was the most important piece of advice she could give young women entering the workforce.
“Have a great self-image of yourself and confidence in the value you bring,” Brown said. “Intentionally or unintentionally, you will face situations that will challenge you. That is okay — as long as you do not lose your confidence. Once somebody steals your confidence, they can steal your future.”
Brown also recommended that young women find a strong mentor, who can help them build on both their self-image and career skills.
Drew Putt, chief business officer at Georgia’s Own Credit Union, advised young women to work hard to show employers their worth as soon as possible.
“Give 150% to your employer,” Putt said. “Get there early and leave late with a smile on your face; ask for additional work; help others; make your boss look good and take work off her desk; speak with confidence; ask what and how, not why and when. It will pay off for the rest of your career in expanded opportunities and increased compensation.”
But, while she advised women to work hard, she also advised they “not sweat the small stuff — and it’s all small stuff.”
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