Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations, including serving as the President/CEO of the Credit Union League of Connecticut. In 2019, Jill founded Humanidei, a human capital strategies firm that helps credit unions build inclusive cultures that attract, develop, and retain top talent—from the front line through the Board of Directors.
By strategically addressing the value of human capital, credit unions can create environments where people bring their best, authentic selves to work; resulting in diversity in thought, increased innovation, stronger succession planning, and ultimately: Relevant, growing credit unions that expand the economic capacity of the members and communities they serve.
Throughout her career, Jill has worked with credit union leadership across the country to introduce business and human capital strategies that lead to growth. She is a sought-after speaker and thought leader on the topics of leadership, diversity, and strategic planning.
Jill holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Public Relations from Carroll College (Helena, Montana). She is a certified International Credit Union Development Educator, a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE).
Dr. Jermaine M. Davis
Before receiving the prestigious College Instructor of the Year Award, Dr. Jermaine M. Davis worked in corporate America for IBM, Keebler Cookies, and Frito-Lay in sales, marketing, and management. Now, he’s an award-winning Professor of Communication Studies at Century College and Organizational Leadership at St. Catherine University in Minnesota. Dr. Jermaine is the best-selling author of 10 books including, Get Up Off Your Butt & Do It NOW, Leading with Greatness, and Leading and Working with an Inclusive Lens.
Dr. Jermaine holds a BA and an MA in Speech Communications, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. He specializes in helping teams and organizations develop healthy work environments so ALL employees can thrive and succeed. As a Hall of Fame Speaker, Dr. Jermaine helps leaders and teams increase employee morale, motivation, and engagement utilizing his popular 3 C’s Framework: Communication, Cooperation, and Collaboration.
Dr. Jermaine is an international speaker, leadership coach, and communication strategist that engages audiences with his unique presentation style known as – EDUTAINMENT – a fun combination of education and entertainment. Prestigious organizations like 3M, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Lake Area Bank, Prudential, Wells Fargo, Round Bank, West Point Military Academy, John Deere, Caterpillar, Microsoft, Yale University, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car regularly seek out. Dr. Jermaine’s expertise in the areas of increasing employee engagement, leading positive change, thriving as a team, communicating with influence, and overcoming workplace burnout.
Dr. Brandi Stankovic
Dr. Brandi Stankovic is an organizational change expert, motivational speaker, artist, and mommy who inspires firms globally with her leadership, engagement, and award-winning education models. Dr. Stankovic is a trusted advisor and strategic planning facilitator who guides CEOs and Boards on risk appetite, organizational health, profitability, and growth. She is the COO of Advisory Solutions and Chief Strategy Officer at CU Solutions Group. Dr. Stankovic is the co-author of The Strategic MVP, a book of 52 growth and leadership tools, and the host of the energizing podcast, The Strategic Hotbox, designed to help executives reach their greatest potential. Dr. Stankovic is a director and co-founder of CU Pride, an industry organization serving LGBTQ+ community and allies. She also serves on the CMN Hospitals Credit Unions for Kids advisory group, HRD Network Board advisor, CUVM Board, and is a Development Educator CUDE and I-CUDE. Dr. Stankovic volunteers for World Young Credit Union Professionals and Global Women’s Leadership Network, World Council of Credit Unions, helping advance young executives and women in leadership across the globe. Dr. Stankovic received her Bachelors in Finance and Economics at the University of Nevada, MBA from the University of San Diego, and Doctorate of Education from Pepperdine University.
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