DEI: Catalyst for Change

2021 Award Winner

DEI Award winner 2021

Great Lakes Credit Union

Bannockburn, Illinois

In 2020, at the direction of the CEO Steve Bugg, Great Lakes Credit Union formalized a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by establishing both a Leadership Project Team and employee committee, with specific internal and external goals to meet.

To ensure accountability, leadership incorporated DEI initiatives into its Score Card goals and strategies, which allows for direct links to compensation with bonus opportunities.

Additionally, the credit union’s housing and marketing teams worked to combat payday and predatory lending. Team members have also partnered with community organizations to address DEI in the community.

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Award Overview

CUES is set to recognize and celebrate the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of credit unions through the new DEI: Catalyst for Change Award. This annual award will go to a credit union that has demonstrated sustained support for advancing DEI in their workplace, raised awareness of workplace diversity and inclusion issues, been a catalyst for change regarding workplace DEI, and/or supported positive change within the industry, their organization, or their community. 

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Who is Eligible?

Candidate credit unions must:

  • Be a current CUES member during the nomination year
  • Have demonstrated sustained support for raising awareness of, and subsequently advancing, DEI initiatives in their workplace, community, and/or the credit union industry.
  • Not have received this recognition previously 


*Current CUES board members are not eligible for this award

This award is bestowed at the discretion of the CUES Board of Directors, subject to criteria requested on the proposed nominee.


Applications are now closed for this award.

Where will this Award be Presented?

At the 2021 CUES Awards Show. It will be held virtually during CUES' Learning and Development month in October. More details to come as this year progresses.

What Does the Winner Receive?

The winning credit union will receive a seat to attend the CUES and Cornell University's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program. Additionally, they will be recognized during the CUES 2021 virtual awards show in October, and be featured in Credit Union Management magazine and the CUES DEI Resource Center


If you have any additional questions please reach out to Jimese Harkley,, or 608.288.5338.