Podcast 19: Credit Union Innovator Larissa Walkiw

Welcome to episode 19 of Credit Union Innovators. My guest is Larissa Walkiw. Larissa was the 2008 Young & Free Alberta Spokesperson for Alberta's Common Wealth Credit Union (now Servus Credit Union). In this role, Larissa put the Young & Free program on the map with her groundbreaking videos and great blog posts. Her The Difference Between Banks and Credit Unions - Part 1 has been viewed more than 57,000 times on YouTube and thousands more times at credit union conference and in credit union staff training sessions around the world.

Larissa's spokesperson term began on Jaunary 1, 2008 and ended at the end of August 2008. During this time, she created 183 blog posts, 46 original videos and attended about a dozen events. Her work lead to Young & Free Alberta becoming one of the most celebrated marketing programs in the credit union industry. Highlights included winning the Forrester Research's Groundswell Award and Credit Union Central of Canada's National Credit Union Innovation Award.

Bravo Larissa!

You can listen by streaming audio here or you can subscribe to it in iTunes and listen on your iPod.

Some links to get to know Larissa even better

+ Larissa's year on Y&F Alberta
+ Larissa on YouTube

Fast facts about Larissa

  • Where are the stickmen? In a box
  • Favorite super hero? Spider-Man
  • YouTube, Facebook or Twitter? YouTube
  • How tall are you? 5' 5''
  • Toronto or Edmonton? Both
  • On your iPod? Laura Marling

Looking for innovators

If you know a credit union innovator who I should interview, please e-mail me at tmcalpine at currencymarketing dot ca.

Production notes

+ Interview recorded with Call Recorder and Skype
+ My side recorded with a Blue Snowflake microphone
+ Edited in Audacity
+ Hosted on Evoca
+ Podcast RSS Feed through Feedburner
+ Music is A Song for Jake by Oregon Chad licensed through Creative Commons

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Random quote on Twitter confirms it: There are some stinky credit union websites out there!

Young & Free Alberta wins the 2009 National Credit Union Innovation Award from Credit Union Central of Canada