DEI Signature Speaker Series: The State of Women in the Workforce | June 24, 2021

Recorded On: 06/24/2021

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Recorded: June 24, 2021

The challenges women face in the workplace were exacerbated by the pandemic, with the greatest impact on mothers and those who have been historically marginalized. The panelists in the MD|DC Credit Union Association's DEI Signature Speaker Series, take a look at the state of women in the workforce and provide insight on how credit unions can help minimize the inequality gap.    

This session covers:

  • Trends affecting female professionals and volunteers
  • How COVID amplified obstacles for women in the workplace
  • What you can do about inequities today
  • How organizations can reinvent the workplace to better support women
  • How to overcome resource constraints to effect workplace change

Sarah Cooke


Cooke Consulting Solutions

Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in the credit union community, more recently as publisher and editor-in-chief of Credit Union Times, leading the publication to two consecutive years of record revenue, profits and readership. She also serves as Vice Chair at $632M APL FCU and founding co-chair of the Capital Region Sister Society of WOCCU’s Global Women’s Leadership Network.

Sarah holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in journalism. 

Folio Top Women in Media, 2015
ALM Media’s Manager of the Year, 2015

Renée Sattiewhite

President and CEO

African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC)

Renée Sattiewhite is the President and CEO of the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) and is responsible for the execution of the strategic vision of the Board of Directors. With over 30 years in the world of finance, she started her career as a Teller Trainee for City National Bank in Beverly Hills, California. She quickly moved up the ranks with various positions including Bank Officer.

She has been associated with credit unions for over 25 years and was the first Internship Program Director for the AACUC. Renee’s background is in training and marketing, specializing in Customer Service, Effective Communication, Board Development, Team Building and Strategic Planning.
Renée is a former Instructor for Spelman College’s Continuing Education Department, a Facilitator for United Way of Greater Atlanta’s VIP Board Development Program and a graduate of Oglethorpe University with a B.A. in Communications. She is credited for giving organizations a “new look” in the areas of customer satisfaction, employee relations, and marketing materials.

She is a certified diversity professional, a credit union development educator, motivational speaker, an executive coach, mentoring trainer, and assists organizations with marketing campaigns.

Renee is also a proud Board Member of the World Council of Credit Unions Foundation and a Master Trainer for the United Way of Atlanta's VIP Board Development Program.

Alison Carr

Chief Strategy Officer

Your Credit Union Partner

Alison currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Your Credit Union Partner. In this capacity she supports: Community Development & Outreach Initiatives, Business Development, Speaking/Training Engagements, Strategic Partnerships and serves as a general Goodwill Ambassador for Your Credit Union Partner.

Ms. Carr’s experience includes work at the State and National Trade Association level, as well as natural person credit unions ranging is assets from $50 million to $500 million, working in areas of Business Development/Marketing, Community Development, and Human Resources & Training. Most recently she served as Membership and Outreach Officer for the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. Previously, Alison served as the Director of Learning Events for the Credit Union National Association, Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to joining CUNA, Ms. Carr was the Vice President of Corporate Development for Point West Credit Union in Portland, OR. While at Point West she provided oversight to the credit union's human resources and training functions, including employee recruitment, compensation, and employee relations, with an emphasis on staff training & development and strategic planning. Through the credit union, she was actively involved with community outreach, developing partnerships with special emphasis on Hispanic and financial literacy initiatives. 

Prior to working for Point West Credit Union, Alison was the Director of Education & Training for six years for the Credit Union Association of Oregon. She also served on the board of CUWA, a Portland-based credit union professional organization, and on the statewide steering committee for the Oregon Chapter of the National Jump$tart Coalition.


Recorded 06/24/2021
Recorded 06/24/2021
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