It’s a big week in Washington D.C. at CUNA GAC 2019!

first_imgOnce again the streets of D.C. are full of credit union advocates who have descended on our nation’s capital to attend “the premier event for political impact in the credit union industry.”In this morning’s General Session, CUNA President Jim Nussle will be giving an opening address that will be streamed live on Facebook starting at 9:30 a.m. EST. Following Nussle’s Speech, former senator and Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver the week’s first keynote address to the GAC crowd.Yesterday, the annual ED talk was given by New York Times Best Selling Author Alison Levine, writer of On the Edge and leader of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition in 2002. Levine’s experience with leadership in the face of adversity paints an inspiring picture of the obstacles one must face in order to be successful at climbing mountains or leading your credit union.“Even though you’re going backwards, you’re still making progress . . . Backing up is not the same as backing down…” Levine talked about the grueling up-and-down process to climb Mt. Everest, ascending to different level camps and then returning to basecamp to acclimate their bodies to the high-altitude conditions.As a leader, you can’t always charge forward, sometimes you have to go backwards for a bit.“Fear is okay. Complacency is what will kill you…”In order to survive the dangers of Mt. Everest, you can’t afford to be paralyzed by your fears. For credit union leaders, you have to get out and do your job even when you don’t feel like you can. According to Levine, “you can’t expect your team to endure anything you’re not willing to endure.”“Storms are temporary. You have to be able to take action based on the situation, not your plan.”Things won’t happen exactly as you’d like them to. Your plan is probably out-of-date as soon as you finish making it.“Calm doesn’t equal no risk…”Even when things seem to be going well, you never know what’s right around the corner. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Check back for #CUNAGAC updates throughout the day!GAC underway, livestream of Nussle’s speech highlights MondayStrategic focus leads to successRecord-breaking 100 young professionals ‘Crash the GAC’Sunday scenes from the 2019 CUNA GACVideo: Fiserv giveback benefits children’s hospital, FoundationSunday’s top tweets from #CUNAGACComing to 2019 CUNA GAC? Here’s what you need to knowCan’t make it to CUNA GAC? Here’s how to follow the actionlast_img read more

Bridcutt: We’ll fight to the end

first_img Robert Snodgrass put the Canaries in front before Alexander Tettey lashed home spectacularly to seal a 2-0 win. Marcos Alonso was sent off late on to compound a poor day for Gus Poyet’s side, who remain inside the bottom three and face a tricky test at title-hunting Liverpool on Wednesday. “We need to be ready to fight and stick together,” said Bridcutt. “We have to forget this result and move on and be ready for Liverpool on Wednesday. “The boss has told us how disappointed he is and we know what we need to do. A positive we can take is that our next game is only a few days away.” The former Brighton man admitted the Black Cats were not expecting such a stern test at Carrow Road and was quick to offer an apology to the club’s supporters. “Of course we are disappointed with the result, it was a big game,” he added. “It turned out to be tougher than we expected and it was one of those days for us – nothing went our way and Norwich were at us from the get-go. “I’m sorry for the fans who made the trip to Norwich, it is a long, long way from Sunderland and they deserved much more than that. Every game from now until the end of the season is massive for us – we need to keep fighting.” The win for Norwich takes them seven points clear of the bottom three with seven games remaining as manager Chris Hughton once again saw his side win when there was pressure on his position at the helm. Scotland international Snodgrass was pleased with the vital victory but is keen to keep the momentum running into the forthcoming games with fellow strugglers Swansea and West Brom. “It was a massive result for the boys and everyone involved in the football club,” he said. “It has been very frustrating at times but I’m delighted we have got the three points. When we have to win we produce and that is a sign of big characters. “It is a great result for the club all round and hopefully we can build on it because that is the only way we can get out of the relegation dog-fight.” Snodgrass’ opener was his third goal in five games, with the 26-year-old enjoying a spell of good performances at present – something he always believed would happen. “A season isn’t done in six months,” added Snodgrass. “I told people to be patient and to stick with and I would repay them and I feel as if I have done that.” Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt is adamant the players are up for the fight of keeping the club in the Barclays Premier League following an uninspiring display in defeat at Norwich on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Kadiatou Sissoko’s spark off bench in Syracuse’s win provides look at her potential impact

first_imgJocelyn Willoughby was torching the Syracuse defense. The Orange had allowed the Virginia guard to score 13 quick points and found themselves down 25-22 early in the second quarter. After a free throw by the guard, Kadiatou Sissoko checked in for Miranda Drummond, who had fouled Willoughby.On the next possession, Sissoko spotted up in the left corner, caught a pass from Tiana Mangakahia, and for the first time in her Syracuse career, drained a 3-pointer. The ensuing trip down the court, Emily Engstler found Sissoko, who finished a floater in the paint.Then, the France native showed off her post moves. She caught a pass behind the arc, dribbled toward the paint and threw a pump fake that brought her defender off their feet. Sissoko stepped through and scored her sixth and seventh straight points. What was previously a three-point deficit turned into a one-point Syracuse lead, jumpstarted by its freshman forward.Sissoko added a layup in the fourth quarter to tie her career-high of nine points. After injuring her knee against Princeton on Nov. 23 and having surgery on her right meniscus, Sissoko missed two months of game action. She returned against Pittsburgh on Jan. 17, but played just five minutes. In her first four games after coming back from the surgery, she shot just 1-of-10 from the field. But Thursday’s game against Virginia was different. Despite only playing 12 minutes, she showed flashes of what Syracuse (17-4, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) expected she’d bring to the team entering the season.“We understand what kind of player she is,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said, “so for us we’re not shocked. We just want her to start to put it together in the games, and I think tonight was a really good start to that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSissoko, the No. 11 recruit in espnW’s class of 2018 rankings, started the season strong. In SU’s 85-49 season-opening win over North Dakota, she scored nine points in 17 minutes and added two steals and a block off the bench. Five games later, against Kansas State, Sissoko poured in eight points and three rebounds in 20 minutes.In the next game, after playing one minute and scoring three points, she was injured. Talking about the injury the following week, Hillsman said that the team would miss Sissoko’s length, size, and athleticism. Marie-Paule Foppossi saw more playing time in her place, but she couldn’t replicate Sissoko’s skill on the court.Sissoko’s length and athleticism at 6-foot-2 allows Hillsman to play her at the top of his zone full court press, but without a player to replicate her attributes, he was forced to play the much-smaller Gabrielle Cooper in her position.“I have long arms, so it’s easier for me to take the ball,” Sissoko said about her role in the press earlier this season. “I’m versatile. I want to improve in my shots too.”Her shooting was praised by the SU coaching staff entering the season, and they thought her ability to play inside and out would be key for the Orange. But up until Thursday, Sissoko had come up empty on all seven of her tries from outside.Her triple against the Cavaliers broke her cold-streak though. Once the 3-pointer fell, she appeared more engaged on both sides of the ball. From her position on the wing in SU’s 2-3 zone, Sissoko was flying from the baseline to the top of the key. Her length, which the Orange sorely missed, forced Virginia’s shooters to take contested shots.On offense, her seven-straight points in the middle of the second quarter showed her newfound confidence and, when she’s aggressive, her natural ability to score.“(When Sissoko is confident) It does a lot for the team,” Mangakahia said. “When Kadi comes in, she attacks the rim, she gets offensive rebounds, she runs the floor, she does a lot of great things for this team.”Two weeks ago, Sissoko said that she was “85 percent” but didn’t have all the abilities she did at the start of the season. Thursday after the win, she confirmed that she was finally feeling completely healthy.With the win against the Cavaliers, Syracuse finishes the first half of its conference slate at 6-2. Next week, the Orange begin the second half away at No. 3 Louisville, which just took down No. 2 Connecticut on the Cardinals’ home floor.Hillsman said that the team had been trying to get Sissoko healthy for later in SU’s conference schedule, for teams like Louisville. For the first time in over two months, she is.“It’s a good game,” Sissoko said. “It’s a good start. I will push myself, and I hope it’s going to be the start of something good.” Comments Published on January 31, 2019 at 10:40 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more