Ariel Bilskey has been in the credit union industry since 2001 – first as a marketer with a credit union and now as the senior director of learning strategy at CUNA. She’s a past president of a Wisconsin credit union chapter, as well as a recipient of multiple industry awards including a CUNA Diamond award, two Dora Maxwell awards, a CUES Golden Mirror award, and numerous Wisconsin CU League Marketer’s Choice awards. She also earned the Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) designation in 2019. Ariel put in many volunteer hours with agencies like Jaycees, Meals on Wheels and Voluntary Action Center, and was honored with the President’s Award from the Stateline Boys & Girls Club for her dedication to giving back to her community. She’s a regular blood donor at her local Red Cross and is a two-time Tough Mudder finisher.
Ariel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Winona State University in Winona, MN, and is currently a PMBA candidate at UW-Madison's School of Business. She also earned her EMT-B certification from Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, WI and was a volunteer EMT. She has a daughter attending UW-Whitewater, and three fur babies.