This is the fifth edition of our “Getting Familiar with Your Foundation” series on our blog! We will highlight a different member of our Foundation staff so you can get to know the people who make our work possible. Last month we got to know National Program Director Lois Kitsch. This month, get to know our Office and Event Manager Jenni Speth!
Here are some lessons in leadership and fun facts you might not know about Jenni:
When you aren’t at work, what are we most likely to find you doing?
Spending time with my husband and our two kids, who are 12 and 4. My youngest is now playing soccer and so that has been keeping us busy. We are also expecting our third child later this month! On the weekends, my family enjoys watching the Wisconsin Badger’s college football games.
Do you have a guilty pleasure? If so what is it?
Sweets! Especially butterfinger cookies…those are my weakness.
What is your favorite TV show or a few that you can’t miss?
I enjoy shows on the food network. Right now there is a show called Halloween Wars where teams compete to make the best Halloween display. It’s a show that I really like and the kids do too so we can all watch it together.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I would like to get places quicker, so having super speed would be fantastic.
How did you get started in the credit union movement? Tell us your credit union “love story”.
I started in CUNA Finance 10 years ago because I knew someone who worked in that area and I thought it would be a great place to work so I gave it a shot. I ended up interviewing for the Foundation in 2011 and began working in the Finance department. When Gigi Hyland came on board at the Foundation, a new position was created in Events and it sounded perfect for me, and that’s where I am today!
What has been your favorite moment while working at the Foundation?
I love working on all the events, Wegner and DE Training especially. I have gotten to meet many amazing people from all over because of these two events.
What makes you excited to come to work every day?
The people that I get to work with at the Foundation. I love what I do and I enjoy coming into work every day. I do many different things and I never do the same thing two days in a row. I also love my job because I get to work with everybody on different things and that makes work enjoyable.
What is the one thing you wish people knew about the Foundation?
I wish credit unions knew all the programs and resources we have to help their members. We have more than just the DE Program and Wegner, we have a lot to offer.
What is a lesson in leadership you have learned and would like other people to know?
You can’t change what is already done, you can’t do anything about it you can only move forward and learn from it.
Look for our next staff feature coming soon!
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