RealTalk! Is Back, Plus More Resources for Women

CUES managing editor and publisher Theresa Witham
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VP/Publications & Publisher

2 minutes

From the editor

The CUES RealTalk! online discussion series is back this summer, with more real talk and more real stories. This four-part series tackles the important, but often hard-to-discuss, issues impacting women in the workforce.

On July 17, get inspired by CUES’ own Jimese Harkley, VP/membership, as she shares her experiences in managing diversity along her career path and within her personal life. She will also discuss how she found the confidence to be herself at work and at home. 

Then on Aug. 16, we’ll hear from CUES member Rachel Guyselman, SVP/risk and compliance at $1.4 billion Credit Union One, Anchorage. This will be a candid conversation about executive indifference. She’ll talk about where this indifference and reluctance to change comes from and what you can you do about it—to save not only your career but also the movement.

In “From the Brink of Burnout” on Sept. 20, Laurie Maddalena, CEO of Envision Excellence and the moderator for the other RealTalk! sessions, will share her journey of balancing the demands of career and family while dealing with feelings of not being or doing enough for anyone.

Finally, on Nov. 15, we’ll hear from a panel of women who are their credit unions’ first female CEO. It will build on the article we brought you last year, “Lessons Learned From the Firsts.”

Learn more about the series at

And that’s not all. I think most of our readers (of any gender) will appreciate this month’s “Overtasking the Multitasker” feature article. In it, credit union industry women describe how the so-called “invisible tasks” that many of us volunteer for can hurt our mental health and damage our careers long term. 

And finally, we have another educational offering designed especially for women this summer. In “Unlock Your Potential: Building Your Personal Brand,” Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant Katie Wiesel will help ambitious young women early in their careers define their personal brand so they can better stand out from the crowd and boost their professional visibility. Learn more at

I hope to see you at these events!

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