We shot some questions over to Chelsea to get to know her better and here’s what she had to say:

Tell us about you and your Credit Union journey. How did you get to where you are now?

I started my journey as a casual MSR and very quickly moved into a full time MSR. Due to my eagerness for knowledge and growth, I pushed to work towards the Deposit Supervisor Role which I currently hold. I love what the credit union stands for and how involved in the communities we are.

Why did you join SYL?

The main push for me to join SYL came from my co-worker Kirstin. She was recently on the committee and watching her growth in leadership during her 3 years on the board made me very excited to apply and join! I hope to expand my leadership skills and gain new friends/mentors along the way.

Now… for some fun!

If money, time and other people’s opinions didn’t matter, what would you be doing?

Helping people. Whether that’s from a beach in Mexico or the streets of Alameda, my purpose in life is to make a difference in people’s lives.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

If you want something….. Ask for it!

Favorite book you ever read?

The first book that comes to mind is Beautiful Joe – it’s a classic about a dog that had a very rough start but persevered and ended with a happy life.

What topic could you give a 20-minute presentation on without any preparation?

The benefits and rewards of coaching kids. I have coached many teams over the years and there is so much to learn and understand about kids and how to motivate them and build their confidence or sometimes to just leave them be for a minute to figure things out.

What do you wish someone taught you a long time ago?

I wish I would have learned a long time ago to not worry what other people think.  I have always hesitated to stand out because of this. I am slowly overcoming this obstacle now.

What motivates you?

SUCCESS! Also making a difference both professionally and personally.

What does the word Leadership mean to you?

Leadership is earned through positive influence. A strong leader, in my mind, is trustworthy and dependable. Someone who builds people up. Who can have difficult discussions without being condescending. A leader is someone who has the ability to promote leadership in others.