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Morrisons sees shares rise amid buyout rumours

first_imgMorrisons shares have risen 5% following announcements that the founding family is contemplating taking the company private, it has been reported.According to Bloomberg, the family, which owns around 10% of the chain, has contacted private equity funds CVC Capital Partners Ltd, Apax Partners LLP and Carylye Group LP.The report, which valued a buyout of Morrisons at around £7bn, said the family had been unable to find a buyer following slow sales growth.Figures published by Kantar Worldpanel yesterday revealed Morrisons’ sales had fallen by 2.5% for the three months ending 2 February.See the full story here.last_img

Research links air quality, air safety

first_imgOn Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger carefully glided his US Airways Airbus A320 onto the Hudson River minutes after the plane lost both its engines. The miraculous touchdown saved all 155 passengers and crew. On the tape of his exchange with air traffic control, Sullenberger could be heard calmly working to avert catastrophe.Pilots face extreme pressure, both on the tarmac and in the air, and their ability to focus is critical to the safety of all those on board. But what happens to their performance when the air quality in the cockpit is less than ideal?In a study by investigators at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a pilot’s ability to perform well on a series of stressful maneuvers dipped when levels of carbon dioxide on the flight deck rose. The research, supported by a gift from United Technologies to the Chan School’s Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, was published last week in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.“We wanted to explore if we are doing everything we can to optimize pilot performance with regard to the air they are breathing on the flight deck,” said Joe Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science and principal investigator of the study. “And we think CO2 levels are part of that equation.”Allen has spent years exploring how air quality affects on-the-job performance. A set of 2015 studies he led in collaboration with Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University found that CO2 levels and ventilation can affect cognitive function.,The new study, an initiative of the School’s Aviation for Health program, “combines our aviation work with the work we have been doing on indoor environments and helps shine a light for the first time on the air quality of the cockpit and how it can affect pilot performance,” said Allen.The research included a series of tests conducted in an A320 flight simulator with 30 commercial airline pilots. During three flight segments of three hours each, pilots were tested without the aid of autopilot. Their performances were assessed by a Federal Aviation Administration-approved pilot examiner.The FAA says that ventilation systems should maintain CO2 levels of 1,500 parts per million in the main cabin, but safety rules regarding cockpit access have made in-flight studies nearly impossible, limiting researchers’ understanding of CO2 concentrations on the flight deck. In one of the few authoritative studies, the European Aviation Safety Agency last year released air-quality measurements from the cockpits of 69 commercial airliners, including eight B787s. The mean CO2 concentration on the B787s was 603 ppm, compared with 835 ppm for the other planes.For each test, Allen and his team adjusted simulator CO2 levels to 700, 1,500, or 2,500 parts per million. The researchers took pilots through standard operations as well as a set of more difficult procedures, like landing an aircraft without one engine, a scenario similar to that faced by Capt. Tammie Jo Shults in her emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines plane in April.,Performances slipped as CO2 concentrations rose. The study notes that the “odds of passing a maneuver was 1.69 times larger when pilots were exposed to 700 parts per million compared to 2,500 parts per million,” and that at “1,500 ppm, the odds of pilot passing were 1.52 times higher than at 2,500 ppm.” In addition, “five of the seven most difficult maneuvers (steep turns, rejected takeoff, circling to land, landing with slat malfunction, and collision avoidance) showed higher passing rates at 700 ppm relative to 1,500 ppm.”The bottom line, said Allen, is that “pilots perform better when there are low concentrations of CO2 on the flight deck.”Study co-author Deborah Donnelly-McLay, a commercial pilot who connected with Allen while she was pursuing her master’s degree in history at the Harvard Extension School several years ago, helped recruit pilots for the research. She said finding willing test subjects wasn’t hard.“They were aware that research in the cockpit was lacking and so they were very happy to participate and to learn that somebody was looking into this and that something was being studied to benefit them,” said Donnelly-McLay.A pilot for 30 years, Donnelly-McLay expects the work to make an impact.“I think the key message for the aviation community, including the pilots, is that air quality is an important component of flight safety, which is of course everyone’s the final goal,” she said. “So any additional knowledge that we can bring to help support this goal just benefits everyone.”Allen said that the study could help inform how the airline industry and regulators approach ventilation standards.“Similar to our research on workers in office buildings, we are now asking the same question about pilots on airplanes — how can we leverage the power of better indoor air quality to optimize human performance?”Other co-authors on the study were Xiaodong Cao, Jose Guillermo Cedeño-Laurent, Skye Flanigan, Piers MacNaughton, Francisco Rueda, John Spengler, and Jose Vallarino.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Watch Idina Menzel & Savannah Guthrie Duet & More

first_img View Comments Star Files Idina Menzel Viola Davis to Play Harriet Tubman in HBO FilmTwo-time Tony winner Viola Davis has been tapped to headline a telepic about African-American abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman. Variety reports that the How to Get Away With Murder star is developing the HBO project with Amblin TV and writer Kirk Ellis, amongst others. Tubman escaped slavery in Maryland in 1849, going on to help hundreds of slaves secure their freedom. Later she became a Union spy during the Civil War. Other upcoming projects for Davis include James Lapine’s indie film Custody.Bryan Batt Gets Ready to ScreamBryan Batt has joined the cast of MTV’s new TV series Scream, he confirmed on Twitter. The Broadway vet and Mad Men alum will play the mayor, Quinn Maddox, in the show, which is based on the Wes Craven movies. Scream will premiere on June 30.Ari Graynor Set for FX PilotGreat White Way alum Ari Graynor (The Performers) will star alongside Jenny Slate in an untitled FX comedy pilot. According to The Wrap, Gillian Robespierre will helm and Elisabeth Holm pen the project, which follows a pair of gutsy New Yorkers on a cross-country road trip. Think Thelma and Louise but without the cliff bit.Steve Kazee Joins LegendsSteve Kazee has been tapped as a series regular on the second season of the Sean Bean-led Legends! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Broadway alum will play Curtis Ballard, an FBI agent who plays by the rules and his haunted by events in his past. Shooting will soon begin in London and Prague before the series’ return to TNT on August 25. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch Idina Menzel & Savannah Guthrie DuetIt’s Broadway superstar Idina Menzel—and The Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie—as you’ve never seen them before. The pair recently teamed up to sing karaoke for Menzel’s A Broader Way Foundation. Check out their rendition of Gretchen Wilson’s country hit “Redneck Woman” below! Miss the Tony winner on stage? She will soon embark on a world tour.last_img read more

Breast Cancer

first_imgBy Connie Crawley and Angela Leone University of GeorgiaAfter lung cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. One in eight American women will be diagnosed at some point in her life. Some risk factors associated with breast cancer cannot be controlled, such as family history, genetics and age, but diet and lifestyle habits are risk factors that can be modified. The “skinny” Gaining weight or being overweight is a proven risk factor for breast cancer. Studies have shown that even small amounts of extra weight, 5 to 8 pounds, gained before menopause can significantly increase the risk for breast cancer. SoyAlthough some studies with Asian populations have shown that consuming soy products reduces the risk of breast cancer, there is no strong evidence that soy products can prevent breast cancer or the recurrence of it in high-risk adult women in the United States. Although soy products may not help to reduce your risk for breast cancer, incorporating a moderate amount of soy into a well-balanced diet may help reduce risk for cardiovascular disease. The American Cancer Society advises women who have had breast cancer to consume soy products moderately, but not to ingest large amounts. Some medical experts are concerned that large intakes may actually increase risk for breast cancer due to the estrogen-like substances found in soy. AlcoholDrinking moderate amounts of alcohol may help reduce cardiovascular disease risk, but there is strong evidence that even one drink per day can increase the risk of breast cancer by 8 percent to 10 percent. This risk goes up if your intake of folate-rich foods, such as fortified cereals, spinach and orange juice, is low. One drink equals 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of distilled liquor. Medical experts recommend that anyone not presently drinking alcohol should not start. MeatsEating red meat increases the risk for colon cancer, but the evidence is not as strong for breast cancer. However, a few large studies have found that eating red meat or processed meats, such as sausages, bacon and luncheon meats, may increase the risk of developing breast cancer or having breast cancer return after treatment. Be careful about how you prepare red meat. Small amounts of cancer-causing agents are produced when meat is smoked or grilled. Low-fat dietsNot all fats are created equal. Replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat and limiting trans fat has been shown to lower the risk of breast cancer. There is also some evidence that postmenopausal women that follow a low-fat diet may reduce their risk of developing breast cancer or having breast cancer recur. Limit animal fats and partially hydrogenated and hydrogenated vegetable oils. Healthier fats to use in small amounts are vegetable oils and nuts. ExerciseAlthough studies have not found a strong link between exercise and breast cancer risk, low or moderate exercise, such as walking three to five hours a week at a rate of two to three miles an hour, does improve the survival rate in women previously treated for breast cancer. Physical activity can also help prevent weight gain as we get older. What’s the take home message?To reduce the risk of breast cancer, maintain a healthy weight throughout your life, especially before menopause. Consume soy products in moderation. If you drink alcohol, have one drink or less per day. Don’t start drinking if you do not drink already. Limit intake of red meat and processed meats. And exercise regularly.(Connie Crawley is a nutrition and health specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Angela Leone is a research assistant with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.)last_img read more

Hay field day

first_imgThe Middle Georgia Hay Field Day will be held on Aug. 6, 2013 at County Line Farm in Lamar County.Hosted by the Upson County and Lamar County Extension Offices, the field day will begin at 9 a.m. at the farm site located at 1693 Ramah Church Road in Culloden, Ga.The day’s educational topics will include quality dry hay production, quality haylage production, economics of quality hay production and pesticide safety. Dealers/sponsors of the event including SunSouth, WF Equipment Sales, Wade Tractor & Equipment, Inc. and Ag South Farm Credit will demonstrate farm equipment. There is no fee for the field day, but attendees are asked to register for a lunch by calling the Upson County Extension Office at (706) 647-8989 or the Lamar County Extension Office (770) 358-5163 by Aug. 1.last_img read more

State establishes 2006 Hospital Budgets

first_imgv\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} State of Vermont Timothy McQuiston 2 2 2005-09-16T14:05:00Z 2005-09-16T17:13:00Z 2005-09-16T17:13:00Z 1 1532 8738 Banking & Insurance & Securit 72 20 10250 10.2625 Clean Clean 0 pt 0 pt 0 0 0 pt 0 pt MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}PressReleaseState of Vermont…Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities &Health Care Administration (BISHCA)89Main St. Drawer 20 Montpelier, VT 05620-3101 Main Number:802-828-3301                                          Commissioner:  John P. CrowleyDivisions: Banking,Insurance, Captive Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration(BISHCA) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Commissioner reviewed and considered all of these factors and: 1) Accepted and established the following FY 2006 hospital budgets as theywere submitted in July: [Rate increase requests indicated inbrackets.] Brattleboro Memorial Hospital  [8.7%] Central Vermont Hospital [6.4%] Copley Hospital[0.0%] Fletcher Allen Health Care [8.0%] Gifford Memorial Hospital [3.6%] Grace Cottage Hospital [11.0%] Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center[5.3%] North Country Hospital & Health Center[4.8%]  Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital[8.5%]Northwestern Medical Center [4.5%]Porter Hospital[5.0%] Springfield Hospital[8.0%] 2) Established the Rutland Regional Medical Centerbudget with a reduction in their rate request from a 9.0% to a8.0% rate increase along with a commensurate reduction in expenditures. This establishes an operating margin of 3.2% for the hospital.3) Established the Southwestern Vermont Medical Centerbudget with a reduction in their rate request from a 9.8% to a8.8% rate increase. This establishes an operating margin of 4.1% for thehospital.4) The Commissioner is also requiring that Rutland Regional Medical Center, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center,Central Vermont Medical Center,Northwestern Medical Center, and Brattleboro Memorial Hospitaleach:Conduct a comprehensive debt capacity and financial feasibility study andsubmit the findings to the Department. The studies shall include an analysis ofthe debt associated with current and projected (over the next 5 years) capitalprojects and new programs, and include an analysis of projected operating revenues,expenses, and related capital as well as utilization and related cashflows.  The studies shall describe the anticipated impact of the financialprojections on each hospitalcenter_img Contact: Michael Davis, Division ofHealth Care Administration; 802-828-2989  Date:  Sept. 16, 2005CommissionerEstablishes 2006 Hospital BudgetsMontpelier –The Departmentof Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration (BISHCA)administers the annual binding budget program for all Vermonthospitals in an effort to contain hospital costs. The annual budget processincludes an analysis by the Departments staff and testimony by the hospitalsat public hearings held before Commissioner John Crowley and the PublicOversight Commission. The hearing process took place over a three-day period,on August 23, 24 and 25, 2005. The Vermonthospital fiscal year for 2006 runs from October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006. When he established the FY 2006 budget levels for the hospitals, theCommissioner reviewed the testimony received from the fourteen Vermonthospitals during the August public hearings, the staffs analyses, the UnifiedHealth Care Budget forecast, and the comments of the Public Oversight Commission.  In addition, the Commissioner also consideredthe Health Resource Allocation Plan (HRAP) adopted by the Governor on August 2, 2005.  In particular, the Commissioner noted theseven key factors identified in the HRAP:  Demographics: the emergence of the baby boomers into middle ageChronic Illness: the leading cause of illness, disability, and death, and the chief area for health care expendituresPrevention: a key area for addressing health care resourcesWorkforce: shortages in certain health care servicesHealth Care Information Redesign: information technology needed to improve processes and outcomesPopulation-based Analysis: projecting use and need, and allocating resources accordinglyIntegration of Care: improved efficiency and effectiveness by integrating primary, specialty, physical and mental health care. In addition to permitting rate increases for the hospitals,the Commissioners FY 2006 budget decisions require all of the hospitals towork with the State over the next six to nine months to address significantexpense and revenue pressures on Vermontshospital health care system. Despite the lowest overall hospital spendingincrease since 1997, the Commissioner determined that although the currentoverall financial health of the hospitals appears stable, the future financialpicture raises the following concerns:Difficulty in recruiting certain health care professionals is a significant and ongoing problem representing a significant financial risk to community hospitals.Cost control is a challenge for Vermonts hospitals that are focused on retaining or adding some services while at the same time looking for ways to limit increasing expenditures. Key funding sources such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Critical Access Hospital reimbursement program may become stressed in the next few years and the ability to cost-shift to insurers may diminish.Cost shifting is not a sustainable method of financial stability. To the extent possible in Vermonts non-profit hospital market, cost control is absolutely critical.Professional liability insurance costs are rising significantly at some hospitals. Responses to this vary and a coordinated approach would be useful.    Many hospitals are planning significant capital spending that stresses the financial health of the institutions. In response to these pressures, the Commissioners budgetorders will call for Vermonts 14non-profit hospitals to engage in activities to  increase efficiency and decrease costs.  In order to provide reports and studies thatwill be used in next years budget decision-making process,the hospitals will be required to do the following:   Evaluate all cost drivers, and determine which may not be necessary to the most critical missions of the hospitals.Develop plans to (a) meet physician recruitment needs, and (b) to implement contingency plans to respond to a smaller supply of physicians and other key health care professionals.Explore methods to control professional liability insurance costs, including the potential adoption of captive insurance plans including those covering multiple institutions.Identify and adopt best practices throughout hospital operations and management to increase efficiency and quality.Develop long range financial plans including the use of alternate health care delivery models to provide needed services and maintain and update physical plants.Plan for changes in health care delivery systems such as changing technology, improved information systems, the shifting of care from the acute care setting to the non-acute care setting, and improved chronic disease management.Develop strategies to implement information technology investments. The Department based the final budget levels on a variety of factors,including the budget assumptions pertaining to utilization, new programs,operating surplus, inflation, prior period budget performance, and theindividual circumstances of each hospital.  Fundamental to theCommissioners decisions is the recognition that Vermonters continue to firmly believethe Vermont community hospitalsystem is integral to Vermontslocal communities and the economy of those communities.   The average 7.5% requested rate increase was comprised of individualhospital rate increase requests that ranged from 0.0% to 11%. These raterequests were determined by the individual hospitals as needed to meetincreasing costs and to provide operating margins.   A review of hospital testimony and staff analysis has found that the costincreases were largely driven by utilization growth, inflationary growthrelated to wages, fringe benefits, pharmaceuticals, new programs, and expandingtechnology.  In addition, the hospitals’ testimony before the Commissionerindicated that the hospitals are budgeting to achieve adequate operatingmargins in order to: maintain and improve a financially healthy hospital systemand make capital expenditures to address technology and infrastructure plans.last_img read more

Vermont state archives awarded $118,000 grant to preserve court records

first_imgSecretary of State Jim Condos announced today that the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) ‘ a division of the Secretary of State’s Office ‘ has been awarded a grant of $118,078 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to preserve and make more accessible archival court records.  The Vermont project is one of nineteen archival projects from around the country that the NHPRC awarded funding for this year. Essential for documenting the history of the state as well as the rights of its citizens, Vermont’s court records have long been difficult for the public to access and are threatened by physical deterioration.  The 22-month project beginning in October will provide for the long-term preservation of and access to 446 cubic feet of recording books, dockets, and case files from the Caledonia, Lamoille, and Orleans County Courts.  VSARA intends to build upon the experience of this project to launch a wider effort that eventually will address the archival needs of all of Vermont’s court records.       Dating from 1794 to 1945, the records chronicle not only the Vermont judicial system but also the larger American experience, and will expand perspectives on numerous issues, including crime and punishment, economics, and all facets of social history. Because they often provide details about the lives of individuals in a way that few other records do, court records also are particularly useful to genealogists and family historians. When court records concern land disputes and similar issues they may also document rights that persist today. The creation of VSARA in 2008 and the completion of the new archives facility in 2010 have allowed the agency to begin to pursue projects of this scope.  Recent collaborative efforts between VSARA and the Judiciary to improve records management in the courts also contributed to the success of the grant proposal. The NHPRC, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States.   Secretary of State Jim Condos has over 20 years of elected public service, including 18 years at the local level and 8 years as a Vermont State Senator, in addition to more than 30 years of private sector business experience.last_img read more

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’: Finale Gets 3-Fingered Salute

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This weekend, as Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opened in theaters across the country, militant fans of the series—appropriately called Tributes—were dispatched to the war-torn front lines of the Capitol. To the distant crack of gunfire and explosions, they proceeded down lifeless streets of rubble and smoke, littered with a minefield of barbarous traps, as they headed down the homestretch of the adapted dystopian series’ finale.Some moviegoers simply appreciated the bow-wielding Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as one of the better heroines since Harry Potter‘s Hermione Granger. Others, no doubt heart-eyed, drooled over the hunky bods of brainwashed Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and pretty boy Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), whose romantic roles were both barely a cut above Twilight’s pathetic Edward and Jacob. Of course, watching the bloody and tense rebellion escalate against the ruthless dictator President Snow (Donald Sutherland) may have been action enough.Despite never quite reaching the emotional peak achieved in Suzanne Collins’ novel—most notably during a few major death scenes—Mockingjay Part 2, the final installment of the beloved Hunger Game series, faithfully packed all this in an explosive finale, a welcome improvement from the lackluster, Mockingjay Part 1 (2014), which just delayed the inevitable.Capitalizing on the curse first cast by the Harry Potter franchise, Hunger Games divided yet another young adult series’ final book into two movies. The glaring difference was that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows transfigured a grand total of 759 pages of plot compared to Mockingjay’s 390-page storyline. In other words, the producers ensured that the box office odds were in their favor.But The Hunger Games was more than a cash cow milking young adults. Political, social, cultural, even environmental messages run through the books’ pages and the films’ reels. If the striking images of children facing off in fights to the death weren’t gut-wrenching enough, tense subjects like tyrannical governments or the wealth gap between the impoverished and the rich caught fire off-screen.In June 2014, protestors in Bangkok were apprehended for flashing the Hunger Games’ three-fingered salute in opposition to Thailand’s authoritarian government.During the Fergusson, Missouri riots, Katniss’ declaration, “If we burn, you burn with us,” was spray-painted on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis following the grand jury’s exoneration of white police officer Darren Wilson, who’d shot Michael Brown, an African American teenager.There is also a campaign, “Odds In Our Favor,” fighting economic inequality in America (#MyHungerGames).The movie stayed true to the books, right down to the last line, but Katniss’ final journey never hit home–the way she unfailingly did with her bow and arrow.But maybe Mockingjay Part 2’s meh farewell was more of a “thank you” from the fans for all the series’ inspiration. If fingers represented stars, Mockingjay Part 2 gets a three-fingered salute with an eerie four-note whistle, gestures that symbolized gratitude, admiration, or farewell to a loved one in the once dystopian nation of Panem.last_img read more

Fintech, Big Tech rivals drive growing dedication to innovation

first_imgOver the last decade, banks and credit unions have needed to respond to the impact of the financial crisis, the digitalization of the industry and mobilization of the consumer, an influx of traditional and non-traditional competitors, new regulations, and continued pressures on margins. Despite these challenges — or maybe because of them — we have seen an increase in the commitment to innovation from institutions small and large. Innovation has also driven the fintech sector, with new entrants offering competitive alternatives focused on digital delivery and improved customer experience.This increased commitment to innovation in response to consumer expectations and increased fear of non-traditional players are two of the primary findings of the 10th annual Innovation in Retail Banking report, sponsored by Efma and Infosys Finacle and published by the Digital Banking Report. The report includes a review of the previous nine years of the publication, providing a snapshot of the marketplace and innovation trends through the years. During this period, there was increasing investment in innovation, a shift from efficiency to experientially focused breakthroughs, evidence of continued strength of Eastern European and developing financial marketplace banks as innovators, and the integration of new technologies. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Diana Dykstra – Challenging the status quo (#16)

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Welcome to episode 16 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of CUInsight.com. The President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, Diana Dykstra, is today’s guest! Diana is also on the WOCCU board, the current President of the Western CUNA Management School, and much more. Listen in to our conversation, which will explore everything from why it’s so important for her to be involved on the national and global level, what she’s learned from her experiences, and various aspects of innovation.Diana learns a lot from the international credit union system, she points out. Seeing credit unions in other countries helps you remember and appreciate how important the credit union movement is worldwide. She also enjoys learning from these international sources, as well as sharing her own insight and knowledge with them.As you may have gathered by now, Diana is an incredibly busy and productive woman. We’ll chat about her time management system and how she manages to get so much done! She doesn’t really use to-do lists, but always knows what she needs to do the next day, she points out. Thanks to always having been busy, she naturally knows how to manage it and juggle everything she has to do.Tune into the episode to hear all about these topics, as well as the greatest strengths of Diana’s team, what they’ve heard her say so many times that they could finish her sentence, what inspired her to start working in credit unions (and whether that inspiration has changed), and much more. Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find Diana:Diana DykstraPresident and CEO, California and Nevada Credit Union [email protected] | LinkedinShow notes from this episode:Diana has accomplished so much. Here’s the best quick bio I found scouring the inter webs.Diana was honored this year at the Wegner Awards Dinner for Outstanding Individual Achievement. Read all about it here.NCUF video honoring Diana from the Herb Wegner Awards Dinner at the 2019 CUNA GAC: Diana Dykstra Wegner Award Winner videoSee all the work Diana supports globally through WOCCU.Shout-out: Lois Kitsch for the opportunity I get to have in June and go to Kenya to work with credit unions.It took us all of three minutes for DE to come up in the conversation. If you haven’t yet, sign up, join the club, become a CUDE.Conference mentioned: 2019 World Credit Union Conference (2020 will be in Los Angles. Closer to home)A fantastic way to get involved globally (for the guys too): Global Women’s Leadership NetworkShout-out: Diana’s team at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.Best album of all-time: Eat a Peach by the Allman Brothers BandOr just grab some Fireball and listen to Free Bird by Lynyrd SkynyrdRandom word I couldn’t remember: Tsundoku (the Japense word for buying books that you intend to read someday)Previous guest mentioned on this episode: Doug LeightonYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In this episode:[00:03] – Randy welcomes listeners back to the show, and introduces Diana Dykstra.[02:48] – Did Diana enjoy preparing for the Wegner Award, or was she troubled because she still feels like she has so much to do?[03:58] – Diana talks about why it’s so important to her to learn from credit union systems internationally.[05:54] – Does Diana have a favorite experience from her work outside of the United States?[07:02] – Diana shares the advice that she would give someone who has an interest in the global good and would like to be a part of that system.[08:22] – We hear about what has continued to motivate Diana over her years of work in credit unions. She also talks about her time management system, and whether she’s good at switching off from work.[11:10] – What’s Diana’s reaction to the phrase “that’s the way we’ve always done it”?[12:12] – Is there a belief in credit unions that Diana thinks will have to fundamentally change in the relatively near future?[13:32] – Diana talks about the war for talent in California’s credit unions.[15:49] – We hear Diana’s thoughts on the fear of change, and how she helps minimize this for the people who she leads.[18:39] – Diana chats about whether she has a network of people to lean on for honest feedback, even when it might not be positive.[19:30] – What inspired Diana originally to take the gig as the President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union League? And has the inspiration changed since the time that she took the job?[21:23] – We hear how Diana would describe her leadership style, as well as how she finds people who work well with her, and whether her leadership style has changed over the years.[24:18] –  With all of her experience, is there something Diana would share with a new CEO when dealing with a board for the first time?[26:13] – Diana talks about the greatest strength of her team at the league, and whether there’s something that her team has heard her say so often that they could finish her sentence.[27:30] – Is there a notable mistake that Diana made when she looks back at her early years in her career?[28:53] – Diana shares a piece of advice that she keeps going back to.[31:54] – As a leader, how does Diana make sure that her message is staying fresh and clear?[33:03] – Diana chats about her passions outside of credit unions.[34:11] – We move into the rapid-fire question section of the show. When was the first time that Diana got into memorable trouble?[35:01] – Does Diana have any daily routines that she needs to do or else she just feels off?[35:41] – What’s the best album of all time?[36:40] – Is there a particular book that Diana tends to gift or recommend, or that she thinks everyone should read?[37:42] – What has become more important to Diana as she has gotten older, and has anything become less important? What advice would she give to her 25-year-old self?[38:48] – When Diana hears the word “success,” who is the first person who comes to mind[39:32] – Does Diana have any asks or final thoughts for listeners? How can listeners get in touch with her?last_img read more