Rising Star Award

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Nominations Deadline: February 5, 2021
Nomination deadline will be strictly followed – nominations will not be accepted after the February 5, 2021 deadline date so please don’t wait until the last minute – applications take time to fill out and complete. Thank you!
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Celebrate Your Rising Star

The CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council's Rising Star Award recognizes and honors an individual with 2 or less years of paid, full time experience in the credit union industry. The winner of this prestigious award will be an emerging marketing or business development professional whose work demonstrates ongoing and exceptional growth. Their contribution to the future of the credit union industry is evident even in the short time they've been a part of the movement.

Hear from the 2020 Winner

Kassandra Martin, Brand & Digital Strategy Manager, Direct Federal Credit Union, Needham, MA: "What does this award mean to you and your credit union? This award provided me with a sense of validation. I have never received an honor like this so simply knowing that I am on the right path has boosted my confidence and continues to inspire me to work even harder. My senior leadership team arranged a fake meeting to surprise me with the news of the award. I was shocked. It meant so much to feel the support and genuine excitement from my leaders. Many watched me receive the award via Zoom. An all employee email was sent and a proud Linkedin post was put on our wall. Many co-workers and partners reached out to congratulate me. I am so grateful that I work with people who understand the importance of digital marketing and analytics. I felt (and am still feeling) so appreciative of my workplace for even being nominated. 

What would you say to others thinking about nominating an individual for the Rising Star Award? Do it! Especially if you are a leader looking for a meaningful way to recognize an individual. 

“When a manager recognizes an employee’s behavior, personally and sincerely, both feel proud, gratified, and happy. There’s a human connection that transcends the immediate culture to create a shared bond. The power of this bond is stronger than you might think; indeed, it’s the power that holds together great organizational cultures.”
– Erik Mosley and Derek Irvine, co-authors of The Power of Thanks: How Social Recognition Empowers Employees and Creates a Best Place to Work"

Winner Recognition

The winner will be announced at the 28th Annual CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Annual Conference, March 21-24, 2021 in Los Angeles. The winner should plan on attending the conference and will receive the following:

  • The prestigious Rising Star award;
  • Recognition in Credit Union Magazine;
  • Complimentary registration to the conference;
  • The opportunity to help select the following year’s recipient and present the award.

Nomination Process

Start by reviewing the details and nomination process

Then complete the nomination form by February 5, 2021.

How to Enter

The nomination form must be completed and submitted online. The steps below outline exactly how to enter.

  1. Register an Account
  2. Create Your Entry
  3. Upload Digital Files
  4. Submit Entry

LOGIN – to begin nomination process

If you have questions about the entry process, please contact CUNA Councils at 800-356-9655, ext. 4018 or awards@cuna.coop.