Here's What Other CU Professionals Have to Say About Leadership @ Eleven

Making an investment in your professional development is a commitment to yourself that comes from within. Here's what other Michigan credit union peers have to say about their personal experiences as cohorts in the Leadership @ Eleven series.

“Leadership @ Eleven is a great program for anyone looking to further develop as a credit union leader. Both Jim and Tonya are fantastic. The program teaches you a lot about yourself as a leader and where you can focus to make improvements. The executive coaching sessions are so valuable. It allows you an opportunity to speak to someone outside your organization to get a new and unbiased perspective to help guide you on your path to becoming a better leader. I really valued that the program was taught by experienced credit union leaders because it allowed us to talk about credit union issues in a deeper and more meaningful way. The program is broken into phases which allows you to work on making self-improvements a little bit at a time.  I would highly recommend the program to anyone who is looking to continue their development as a leader. I found it to be an invaluable experience.”

Jennifer Martines, CUHRCP
Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Marketing, FreeStar Financial Credit Union
2019 Cohort

"Leadership @ Eleven was a great experience for all up-and-coming senior managers. While you can prepare yourself for how to deal with the day to day parts of management, it is challenging to prepare yourself for the unknown as you start to advance in your career. Leadership @ Eleven helped get through the parts that your employer doesn’t teach you about moving up in the organization. Whether you are just starting off, or you have sat in your seat for a few years, there is something to learn for everyone who attends. Not only was I able to change my thought process about management, but I was able to successfully apply a lot of what was learned. I would recommend this program to any member of management moving up the ranks and looking to develop their leadership skills."
Jessica Workman

Vice President of Member Experience, Advantage One Credit Union
2019 Cohort

"Leadership @ Eleven was a really tremendous opportunity to focus on my personal development as a leader through the last year. The series included a number of group sessions, self and 360-degree assessments along with one-to-one coaching with Tonya Voltolina. It was fun, but at the same time challenging, as I was able to really hone in on areas that needed another point of view to enable growth and improvement. I started a new position in 2019, so the series came at a time when the coaching and sessions were particularly appreciated and useful to me. The in-person sessions, led by Jim Kasch and Tonya Voltolina, offered guided and appropriate interactions with others while teaching new perspectives and fresh ideas on facing challenges as a leader. The individual development plan was great for accountability and for being able to have a personalized step by step guide for improvement."

Paula Piccinini
Director of Cooperative Marketing, MCUL & Affiliates
2019 Cohort

“This program opens your eyes to your strengths and weaknesses as a leader. It is really not surprising the areas we need to devote more attention to in improving our roles as leaders. And it sharpens your understanding of your own traits and quirks.”

Erik Bessonen
Vice President, Delta County CU
2018 Cohort


PFCU Testimonial

Laura Sorensen
Vice President of Marketing, PFCU
2018 Cohort

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