Event Info

February 24th

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm PST
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm MST

1 hour, 30 minutes

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About the Mentoring Roundtable

Mentoring Roundtable powered by Western Governors University

Have you ever wondered about how to find a mentor? Looking to continue your professional development across a virtual setting? Curious how your peers in the Credit Union Movement are approaching these topics? Join us for a 90-minute session presented by the experts at Western Governors University (WGU). During this session, you will learn about the benefits of having a mentor, how to structure and approach the relationship, and ways that the power of community can help you advance. Participants will also spend time in small breakout rooms exploring topics relevant to our industry today.

This roundtable is perfect for young professionals, developing leaders, or anyone looking to take the next step in their professional journey. This session is also great for established mentors or those looking to help the next generation of credit union leadership advance.

WGU believes success is never a solo journey. The nonprofit, online university pioneered a highly personalized educational model in which every student is matched 1:1 with a faculty mentor. Mentors guide students from enrollment to graduation – helping set learning strategies and goals and providing resources to foster success. They meet with students as frequently as once a week and kindly create an atmosphere of motivation and accountability. Mentoring is what sets WGU apart from other colleges and universities – and what makes talented individuals great.

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Tonya M. Drake, Ph.D.
Regional Vice President, Northwest
Chancellor, WGU Washington

A leader in higher learning, Dr. Tonya Drake has dedicated her career to expanding access to high-quality, career-focused education. As Regional Vice President, Northwest and Chancellor of WGU Washington, she oversees the university’s strategic direction across a nine state territory: Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Her work is guided by the belief that higher learning transforms lives and deep convictions rooted in equity and inclusion.

Drake holds a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies and Master of Education from Arizona State University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Washington.

In 2019, along with Edmonds (WA) Community College President Emeritus Jean Hernandez, Drake was recognized for commitment to mentorship and named among Seattle Business magazine’s “Daring Women.”

James A. Cathcart
Senior Specialist – Learning and Talent

 James Cathcart has been a leadership development expert for over two decades. Currently a senior leadership specialist at Western Governor’s University, he also spent 23 years with the Franklin Covey Company, working with corporate, educational, medical, government, and military organizations across the world. Some of his clientele include Amazon.com, Microsoft, The Seattle Study Club, The United States Air Force and The United States Navy.

“Most of my interests and activities have something to do with the noble triumph of the human spirit. I believe that each of us are capable of more than we sometimes believe. We are stronger than we know, tougher than we realize and more talented than we often give ourselves credit for. Tapping into that potential has become my life’s work.”

Cathcart’s education in Sociology and Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University, his content mastery, quick sense of humor and dynamic personality has made him one of the most sought-after speakers with Franklin Covey and WGU. Having lived in all three states on the west coast of the U.S., Cathcart now lives in Salt Lake City, UT with his wife and two children.


This program is open to NWCUA Member and Associate Member credit union employees only. For more information about the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Mentoring Roundtable, or assistance with registration, please contact  Carmen Vigil, AVP of Member Engagement.