This week on Everything Co-op: Renée Sattiewhite on closing the racial wealth gap in financial services

Renée Sattiewhite is president and CEO of the African-American Credit Union Coalition.

Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, 95.9 FM and WOL Livestream on Thursday, March 21 at 10:30 am EDT for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes.

In honor of the 2024 Women’s History Month theme of “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,” Vernon interviews Renée Sattiewhite, president and CEO of the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC). Vernon and Renee will discuss AACUC’s role in creating bridges between community-based organizations and consumer-focused initiatives to close the extensive racial wealth gap.

In addition to serving as president and CEO of AACUC, Renée Sattiewhite is also a certified diversity professional, credit union development educator, motivational speaker, executive coach, mentoring trainer, and recognized expert on marketing and branding. Renee has brought her unique vitality and forward-looking vision to create one of the most dynamic organizations in the credit union movement. She has successfully propelled the organization to offer a credible voice addressing today’s dialogue on race, equity, and inclusion for all. In September 2022, Renée was inducted into America’s Credit Union Museum’s newest display, “Credit Union Women Making History….Herstory,” an interactive exhibit highlighting incredible women’s achievements that have made history in the credit union industry and showcasing women’s stories never heard.

In 2020, after the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, and with the growing visibility of the Black Lives Matter movement, this momentum galvanized the country against racial injustice. Renee became one of the most notable catalysts, encouraging the credit union industry to become more aware of the urgent need for change toward true racial equality and economic justice, and launched the Commitment to Change: Credit Unions Unite Against Racism initiative. Due to Renee’s leadership, AACUC received the 2022 Anchor Award from the National Credit Union Foundation, which is the equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize of the credit union movement.

The African-American Credit Union Coalition is a 501c3 non-profit organization created in 1999 to increase diversity within the credit union community through advocacy and professional development. This award-winning organization is shaping diversity, equity, and inclusion in the movement to eliminate the racial wealth gap and is considered a leader in the credit union industry.

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