WCMS Alumni Association Announces ‘Frogcast’ Podcast Series

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The Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) Alumni Association has launched “Frogcast,” an innovative podcast created, maintained, and updated by WCMS alumni to foster innovative discussions, education and insights from the credit union movement.

Frogcast — which honors the decades-long and beloved frog mascot of WCMS — was developed to build upon the unique WCMS tradition of deepening the alumni connection to the school, to each other and the credit union industry, and spark invaluable memories from their time on campus at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.

“WCMS alumni are the current and future leaders of our credit union movement,” said WCMS Dean Dr. Michael Steinberger, known by students as Dr. Mike. “I enjoy listening in to Frogcast to learn what’s on the minds of some of the most creative and passionate credit union innovators and how they are responding to these turbulent times.”

Hosted by Shonna Shearson (WCMS Class of ’07) and Nate Burns (Class of ’11), Frogcast episodes provide quick and fun interviews with faculty, alumni, and guests of WCMS on the challenges and opportunities the credit union industry faces today. Everyone is invited, whether alumni or not, to listen in for a conversation uniquely balancing the “head and heart” philosophy of credit unions.

“Alumni of WCMS have always been a close group of professionals who enjoy seeing each other at industry events, and the COVID-19 pandemic obviously cut down on those connection opportunities,” said Steve Schmidle, creator of the podcast (WCMS Class of ’10). “The idea for the Frogcast was born in the midst of dealing with this sense of separation, and the knowledge that our alumni and faculty continue to have some great stories and insights worth sharing with each other.”

Eleven podcasts have been recorded and released thus far, with monthly additions planned through 2022. To hear interviews with Dr. Michael Steinberger, WCMS Board Trustee and California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra, Filene Research Institute President and CEO Mark Meyer, African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) President and CEO Renée Sattiewhite and many others, visit https://www.wcmsalumni.org/index.php/frogcast.

The Frogcast can be found on Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever credit union leaders and professionals get their podcasts.

About WCMS Alumni Association
The purpose of the WCMS Alumni Association is to support the Western Regional CUNA Management School Administration, currently enrolled students, and all alumni of the School in any activity which enhances the position of the school, credit unions as a whole, and/or advance the cause of credit union management and education. Learn more about WCMS Alumni Association at www.wcmsalumni.org.

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