Denise Gabel is the Innovation Catalyst at the Northwest Credit Union Association. She is passionate about people and possibilities—focused on building a brighter future for the not-for-profit cooperative credit unions in the region. Denise has a results-focused lens on enterprise-wide initiatives advancing the NWCUA priorities.

Denise is an author, dynamic speaker, innovative executive, emcee, and a remarkable coach. She is a connector and a change agent. She ignites creative new thinking with her energized approach—that’s how she’s wired.

A lifelong learner, she has been named a Woman to Watch. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Eastern Washington University and served as a member of the Berkeley Innovation Forum at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business. She also graduated from Harvard Business School’s Women’s Leadership Forum.

Another priority for Gabel is working with all credit unions to ensure collaborative engagement and participation. Gabel’s credit union movement experience is rich; she previously served as vice president—strategic direction for Spokane Teachers Credit Union, and became a nationally recognized innovation thought leader during her tenure at the Filene Research Institute, the industry’s “think and do” tank.