Numerica Credit Union’s Carla Cicero Honored with YWCA Spokane 2019 Woman of Achievement Award
Cicero will be recognized at an annual awards luncheon on Oct. 11.
To recognize her achievements in breaking down barriers and giving back to the community, Carla Cicero, President and CEO of Numerica Credit Union, will receive a 2019 Women of Achievement honor, recognizing her contributions to business and industry. She will be recognized along with nine other Spokane-area leaders.
The award, given annually by the YWCA of Spokane, celebrates women who have contributed to bettering the lives of their community members. The luncheon, to be held Oct. 11 at the Spokane Convention Center, raises money and awareness for the mission of the YWCA, which is to help women and children overcome social, economic, and personal barriers. Proceeds from this event will directly support YWCA services for domestic violence victims and their children.
“This is a great honor. The YWCA is such a life-giving organization and their mission of empowering women is inspiring to me,” said Cicero.
Numerica, headquartered in Spokane, believes in enhancing lives, fulfilling dreams and building communities, and has a commitment to give back at least 5% of its net earnings to make the communities the credit union serves better places to live, work, and play.
Numerica supports the YWCA because their missions align so closely.
“I have always appreciated and believed in the not-for-profit mission of credit unions. We take care of our members first, and then we figure out how to make a profit. And by doing so we build strong communities,” said Cicero. “It is our privilege to support the YWCA.”
Cicero, who has led Numerica for that past eight years, feels strongly about the importance of giving back ― to individuals and the community.
“Give time, give money, give what you can. What you have to offer will vary with each stage of life. When I was a mother of young children, my contribution to my community was to raise good kids!”
Today, Cicero gives back is by helping women be the best they can be.
“My story is about setting goals and achieving them. There have been barriers along the way, but I have always found a way around them, or a way to crash through them!”
She credits her success to four core beliefs: Ignore negative talk ― from yourself or others, love what you do, set goals, and be relentlessly determined.
Cicero’s time, effort, and support expand far beyond the Northwest. Since 2016, she has served as a Board Member of the World Council of Credit Unions, which focuses on improving lives and expanding financial inclusion through the global credit union community. Last year, she helped raise funds for a campaign aimed at protecting young girls in a western Kenya orphanage from sexual predators.
In addition, she is a past CUNA Board Member, and served as a Board Member and Chair of the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES). In 2010, she was inducted into the CUES Hall of Fame.
She also supported the establishment of a Spokane chapter of the Eastern Washington Sister Society of the Global Women’s Leadership Network. The Sister Society is part of a network of more than 110 Sister Societies across 21 nations working to develop women for credit union executive leadership roles.
While she leads a very busy life, Cicero encourages women to carve out time to take care of themselves.
“Exercise, eat well, meditate – do whatever soothes your soul. That way you will be strong and capable of doing your best work.”