DEI Signature Speaker Series: Exploring DEI Myths and Actionable Steps | December 8, 2020

Recorded On: 12/08/2020

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Many credit unions are making Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) an organizational priority. In this session of the MD|DC Credit Union Association's DEI Signature Speaker Series, discover the actionable steps your credit union can take to advance its DEI journey

The topics covered include:

Why Diversity and Inclusion is Good for Business

  • What are the values attached to an inclusive program
  • Addressing the regulatory & compliance questions around DEI


Dispelling the Myths of DEI

  • Uncover the myths about DEI programs


Roadmap to DEI

  • Discussion on population changes and the effects on membership base
  • Framework of how to incorporate a DEI initiative
  • Actionable steps your credit union can take

Shelia Milton

Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

UW Credit Union

Sheila Milton is an accomplished Human Resource leader who develops innovative solutions that align culture and business objectives to build strong pipelines of diverse talent. In her current role as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) with UW Credit Union, Milton serves as an institutional resource focused on infusing DEI into all practices. Key responsibilities include promoting a culture of inclusion where all individuals can thrive, as well as partnering with senior leaders to implement DEI best practices in areas such as leadership, access, retention and advancement.

Milton came to UW Credit Union from CUNA Mutual Group (CMG) where she served as the director of Talent Management. During her time at CMG, she created the Women’s Executive Leadership Institute and implemented a contemporary Learning Management System. Milton has also held Associate Director Human Resources positions at Kraft Heinz and Oscar Mayer.

Milton served as a committee member to the Forum on Workplace Inclusion Program, a national conference that drives strategies for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She has also served on the Madison Area Diversity Roundtable Executive Steering Committee and as Best Practice Chair and frequently addresses the topic of DEI via ongoing industry events and speaking opportunities.

Samira Salem

Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Samira has nearly 20 years of experience in international economic development, community development, policy research, and social finance.  She joined the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) in 2018 as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Research and Policy Analysis division.  Prior to joining CUNA, she worked for Forward Community Investments (FCI), a Madison-based community development financial institution (CDFI) that serves communities throughout Wisconsin.

Earlier, Samira worked at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington D.C. where she was a Senior Trade Analyst for Labor and studied the impact of globalization on U.S. labor market outcomes. Prior to that, she had an eight-year tenure at Washington-based DAI where she was an international economic development specialist.  Samira earned her Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy and her M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California.

Victor Miguel Corro



Víctor Miguel Corro is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience working in international and cross-cultural environments in the private and non-profit sectors. For nearly 4 years he has been at the helm of Coopera Consulting, a market analytics and cultural change consulting firm that engages organizations and prepares them to reach out and serve underserved market segments. Corro is co-founder and first Chair of the Credit Union DEI Collective, an expanding group within the credit union movement devoted to furthering DEI, a shared cooperative principle.

Victor is a first-generation immigrant to the US and was born and raised in Panama. He came to study at the University of Wisconsin as a Fulbright Scholar. He has degrees in International Economics and Latin American Studies. He has worked in 90+ countries, is an avid photographer, serves on several boards, and currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two children.


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