By: Andrea Rusnak, VP, Account Management, PSCU
As I reflect on International Women’s Day (March 8) and National Women’s History Month, I realize just how profound of an impact the women’s movement has had on my professional journey, which began in 2001. Fast forward to 2020, and I’m celebrating the 20th anniversary of my being in the amazing credit union industry.
I knew from a young age that I wanted to make a positive influence, and make a difference in the work that I chose to do. I wanted to excel as a role model for young women. Today, I’m proud to serve as an executive leader at PSCU, with an amazing opportunity to promote diversity, equality and inclusion in our workforce of more than 2,000 employees. I’m excited to witness the impact that women leaders in both our company and our industry are making, as well as to help shape our vision for success.
Inspiring Through Mentorship
When I was in college, I began to understand the importance of always having a mentor that I could lean on to give me advice and to challenge me. After starting in the financial services industry as a young adult, I received my first promotion at the age of 24 to a leadership role. I remember thinking at the time, “Am I really ready to lead people?” My mentor had recruited me based on her experience working with me and mentoring me at a previous financial institution. She watched me develop and gave me guidance on what I needed to do to get to the next steps in my job. I was beyond thrilled to have her guidance and insight. If I didn’t have a mentor, I know that I would not have had the confidence to lead others.
Promoting Gender Equality in Our Organization
The saying is true it takes a “tribe” to get things done, and we all need to champion inclusion and diversity. Lynn Heckler is the EVP, Chief Talent Officer at PSCU, and she is part of my tribe. Lynn continues to champion with me for promoting women into leadership roles, and she is an inspiration to me as well. As members of PSCU’s Susan Adams Gender Equality (SAGE) employee resource group, we are continuing to promote the women’s movement throughout PSCU. Through outreach and networking, we’re focused on providing inclusive opportunities for both men and women to discuss their ideas and perspectives on gender equality, while fostering an environment in which gender equality is a natural state.
Evolving as a Leader
I’ve been a leader now for over 17 years and my energy, determination and passion for what I do has never been higher. I absolutely love the work that I am fortunate to do and the colleagues I work with. I continue to evolve as a leader, a mentor and as a person.
Having mentors, especially women in leadership, and a “tribe” to lean on throughout my entire professional career, have allowed me to grow as a person. I am forever grateful for their support, and the confidence they gave me in the business world to go after my goals.
Andrea Rusnak is an experienced financial services and credit union professional. Andrea is Vice President of Account Management for PSCU. She leads PSCU as the executive sponsor
for promoting women’s leadership in the credit union industry. Andrea has a great deal of
experience in managing client relationships and counseling clients on strategies that assist
credit unions with their portfolio growth.