On Oct. 6, Corban University alumna Amanda Brenneman, '12, learned she won the top prize in the Next Top Credit Union Executive competition.
The prize includes $20,000 in executive leadership training and more. Brenneman works as a business development officer for Maps Credit Union based in Salem, Ore.
Throughout the summer and fall, Brenneman was one of the top 15 credit union employees internationally vying the CEO training opportunity. Candidates for the Next Top Credit Union Executive competition were initially selected through a voting process. On Nov. 4, she flew to San Diego as one of the final five candidates for her final presentation to a panel of credit union CEOs, about Maps Credit Union’s nationally recognized Buy Local program. .
Throughout 2013, Brenneman has been growing in leadership experience. In February, she was selected as one of 19 credit union employees, under age 35, in the United States and the United Kingdom, to represent the industry. During this trip, she addressed Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Kurt Schrader in front of the Oregon constituents.
In May she spoke about the Buy Local program to a national audience of credit union CEOs, presidents and other executives in Florida.
Her passions also include a call to help victims of human trafficking. She currently works with Called to Rescue as a grant writer, including applications for funding that could potentially be used as part of a $48 million matching grant to help human trafficking victims. She also serves as a board member for POLE Gems in Salem, which ministers to men and women working in the adult entertainment industry.
Click here to see the announcement and learn more about the Next Top Credit Union Executive competition.