2017 Credit Union Financial Literacy Speech Contest

Credit Union Partners in Education (CU-PIE)


Annual Speech Competition

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, the Credit Union Partners in Education (CU-PIE) hosted their annual speech competition. Representatives from various Sacramento-Greater Region credit unions write and present a speech based on a theme, which this year was “Live Your Financial Dream”. Seven presenters made it to the final competition, each employing different techniques to relay the importance of having a financial plan. The speakers also touched on how credit unions help their members obtain financial well-being.

2017 First Place Winner

Gina Richardson, Golden 1 Credit Union

(Pictured with Marsha Owen, Director, CU Lending)

2nd Place Winner

Anthony Plowden, Golden 1 Credit Union

3rd Place Tie

Christina Mason, SAFE Credit Union

3rd Place Tie

Tyler Chew, SAFE Credit Union

Honorable Mentions

Alex Bauler

Tom Kuang

Javier Huerta

2017 Judges

Alana Golden, Director for Education and Outreach, California Department of Business Oversight

Mark Klinkert, Vice President of Education, California/Nevada Credit Union League

Joey Waldrop, DTM, Toastmasters

Event Master of Ceremonies

Kevin Smith-Fagan, KVIE Public Television

CU-PIE Chair

Elise Schexnayder

2016 First Place Winner Kara Johnson, SAFE Credit Union (right)

2015 First Place Winner Kayshia Tagumasi (left), SAFE Credit Union

The annual event gives future leaders a forum to share original ideas and to remind credit unions of the shared heritage of improving the well-being of our communities.

CU-PIE is a non-profit organization which has been actively supporting financial literacy for more than 20 years. Members of CU-PIE consist of credit union employees and volunteers. CU-PIE offers financial institutions, non-profits, community leaders and other professionals the necessary training and resources to help them successfully deliver financial literacy presentations to youth and adults in our community. CU-PIE partners with United Way and the Bank On California program to conduct training sessions for various organizations assisting residents in managing their finances.


Speech Competition, circa 1960

Credit Unions: To join CU-PIE or learn more about opportunities on the Executive Committee,  contact Carrie Featherston or Elise Schexnayder.

Elise Schexnayder • Financial Education Coordinator  SAFE Credit Union •  Community Banking  (916) 971-2530

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