Agency board members to lead DEI sessions

(Oct. 29, 2021) Each of three town halls will be led by a member of the NCUA Board at its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) conference set for three days early next month, the agency said this week.

NASCUS President and CEO Lucy Ito is also participating in the event, sitting on two panels.

NCUA Board Chairman Todd Harper will lead off with the first town hall at the agency’s DEI Summit, which runs from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4. His session will discuss DEI in relationship to 2020-21 newsworthy events and the importance of having a leadership commitment to DEI. Other topics will include racism in banking and the role of credit unions in DEI, according to an NCUA press release.

Board Member Rodney Hood will host the second day’s town hall, which features two panels on financial inclusion. The first from a “non-federal perspective,” the second from inside the agency (particularly through the agency’s Advancing Communities through Credit, Education, Stability and Support (ACCESS) initiative.

Board Vice Chairman Kyle Hauptman will host the third day’s town hall, focusing on credit union financial inclusion initiatives and partnerships with external organizations.

The agency said it would also host several concurrent sessions following the Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 town halls, focusing on DEI subjects.

In addition, the credit union think-tank Filene Research Institute will report on results of recent studies and analysis of diversity surveys and research.

NASCUS’ Ito appears on two panels at the Summit: The first on Tuesday (Nov. 2, 4-4:45 p.m. ET) in the “Fireside Chat: What is the Credit Union’s Role in this DEI Journey.” Appearing alongside the NASCUS leader will be CUNA President Jim Nussle and NAFCU CEO B. Dan Berger. Samira Salem, CUNA vice president of DEI, will moderate the session.

The second panel featuring Ito will be Wednesday (Nov. 3; 2:15- 3:45 p.m. ET) in the panel “How to Increase Gender Diversity in the C-Suite.” Also on the panel will be Mary McDuffie (Navy Federal CU president and CEO), Shruti Miyashiro (Orange County’s CU CEO), Tracey Jackson (ResourceOne CU CFO). Eleni Giakoumopoulos, WOCCU Global Women’s Leadership Network program director, will moderate the session.

Each day’s programs begin at 12:30 p.m. ET, NCUA said.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit 2021