January 14, 2016 Membership Meeting

At our first meeting of the new year held on January 14th, we were inspired by our guest speaker, Jane G. Watkins, President and CEO of member firm Virginia Credit Union.  Jane walked us through her development as a leader from her the beginning of her career at VACU as an accounting manager in 1982 to her rise to the position of President and CEO in 2000.  She shared the three key components of her leadership style that enabled her to lead VACU to be the largest state-chartered member-owned financial cooperative in Virginia. Jane’s 3 leadership tips are:  Find your passion; build relationships and trust; look toward other leaders for advice and support.

Jane complimented EWI at the start of her presentation saying “EWI has been an important part of VACU’s leadership development for many years.”

EWI of Richmond is very fortunate to have the support of member firm Virginia Credit Union for over twenty years.  That support continues even as Jane retires this March, as evidenced by their growing number of representatives.  Representative Dee Dee Van Buren of T.A.C.-Solutions had the pleasure of installing Jennifer Parrish as Virginia Credit Union’s fourth representative, the most of any EWI of Richmond member firm.

President Toni Bastian (Richmond Region Tourism) warmed our hearts with details of her visit, along with Christine Slate (Cherry Bekaert Wealth Management) and the Richmond Raiders at a Reading Rally held at Ruby Carver Elementary School.  Toni and Christine read the story Incredible You! by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer to the children after they warmed up with the Richmond Raiders cheerleaders and football players.  As a treat, Toni read the book to us, while Christine showed us the beautiful illustrations.

Representatives Michelle Lovatt (Richmond Region Tourism), Dee Dee Van Buren (T.A.C.-Solutions), Meg Gouldin (Strange’s Florist, Greenhouses and Garden Centers) and Ashley Alplanalp (The Money Mom) line up to purchase raffle tickets to win one of the two exciting prizes of the night – Four VIP tickets to the Rodin Exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a one month membership to Crossfit Newfound.  The lucky winners were Joan Dyer (Legal Resources) and Brittany Aerni (Cherry Bekaert LLP).


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