Liz Henderson of Maps Wins Emerging Leaders Scholarship

Liz Henderson, Business Development Officer at Maps Credit Union is this year’s scholarship winner.

Strategic Link and the Emerging Leaders team are proud to announce that Liz Henderson, business development officer at Maps Credit Union, has been selected as the winner of this year’s Emerging Leaders Scholarship Contest.

“It was a tight race,” said the NWCUA Director of Member Resources Brandi Gleason, who helped judge the competition. “We got some great entries from some really impressive rising stars in the credit union world.”

Entrants to the contest, which is sponsored by Strategic Link, were required to submit videos or essays showing why they were the best candidates for the program. But in the end, it was Henderson’s panel interview with the judges that took the day.

“Liz’s passion for ‘People Helping People,’ her desire to develop future Emerging Leaders, and her commitment to the credit industry were key factors in her selection as this year’s scholarship contest winner,” said DDJ Myers Vice President of Innovative Leadership Susan Geear, who leads the program. “I was struck by her enthusiasm and energy to attend the Emerging Leaders program. She is clearly eager to enhance her leadership skills and understands how doing so will support her ambitious aspirations.”

Henderson uses her passion at Maps to develop and maintain partnerships with businesses and universities, showing them the benefits of credit union membership with Maps. She also oversees the Willamette University campus branch, where she has ample opportunity to put her leadership skills to work.

“I am excited about learning more about the communication aspect of leadership,” said Henderson. “Learning about the potential of language and listening, and working with the diverse perspectives will be very beneficial.”

She said that she believes the program will enhance her leadership practices now and give her tools to continue developing into the future. “I hope that through emerging leaders I will gain a sense of awareness, and understanding about myself and my leadership style,” Henderson said. “It will give me skills that I can immediately put into effect in my job today, but also sustainable leadership practices that will help me in the future.”

Although the scholarship contest is now closed, Emerging Leaders is holding a couple spots in the program open for late applicants. Find more info and register on the website.

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