NASCUS takes key role in DEI Summit

Participants in a first day’s panel at the NCUA DEI Summit this week were (from left) NASCUS’ Lucy Ito, CUNA’s Jim Nussle, and NAFCU’s B. Dan Berger.

(Nov. 5, 2021) NASCUS President and CEO Lucy Ito played a central role in week’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Summit presented by NCUA, appearing on two panels at the three-day, virtual conference held Tuesday through Thursday.

The conference focus, according to NCUA, was on advancing DEI in the credit union system by sharing best practices, addressing challenges to advancing DEI and learning about how NCUA can support the industry in its efforts.

Ito shared the first panel with CEOs of other Washington groups representing credit unions, Jim Nussle of the Credit Union Natl. Assn. (CUNA), and B. Dan Berger of the Natl. Assn. of Federally Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU). The group discussed the credit union role in the DEI journey. The second panel featuring Ito discussed “How to Increase Gender Diversity in the C-Suite,” and included CEOs from credit unions: Mary McDuffie (Navy Federal CU president and CEO), Shruti Miyashiro (Orange County’s CU CEO), and Tracey Jackson (ResourceOne CU CFO).

In both sessions, Ito discussed the impact of DEI on herself and on the credit union system, and efforts by NASCUS and the state system at large to advance DEI along the lines of the conference’s goals.

“My thanks to NCUA, particularly Chairman Harper, Vice Chairman Hauptman and Board Member Hood, for inviting me to participate in this event – and for their personal commitments to this vital effort for the credit union industry at large,” Ito said.