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Clobes' ATHENA Award

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Published: Dec 6, 2017

MSUFCU President/CEO Receives 2017 Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — April Clobes, President/CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), is honored as the 2017 ATHENA Award recipient from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Clobes will be recognized at the annual ATHENA Award Luncheon on Thursday, December 7. The Luncheon will take place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.


The ATHENA Award honors women and men who strive towards the highest levels of professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen fields, have devoted time and energy to their communities, and who pave paths for other women to follow. The award celebrates the potential of all women as leaders in the community and recognizes those who support them.


Ms. Clobes regularly meets with female business students at MSU to provide mentoring opportunities as well as

assists the women who work with her at the Credit Union in their professional development through direct mentorship programs and frequent town hall meetings. She is also actively involved in creating a stronger community by serving on the Lansing Chamber of Commerce Board and eight other boards, including serving as president of the MSU Wharton Center Advisory Council.


“I am honored to be included among such esteemed past recipients of the ATHENA Award. The support and encouragement I have received from colleagues, mentors, family, and friends alike has been instrumental to my professional and personal development,” said Ms. Clobes. “Those meaningful relationships are why I work to mentor other women and strengthen our community, understanding that we all achieve success together.”


The ATHENA Award was created by former Lansing Chamber President Martha Mertz in 1982 and has since spread around the world. More than 6,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.


MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. This year, the Credit Union was named the #5 Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press, one of CU Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For, a Best Workplace for Women by Fortune Magazine, and Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League. MSUFCU has also been nationally recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking in second place for the National Alphonse Desjardins Adult Financial Education award in 2017 by the Credit Union National Association and fifth in nation for youth financial education in 2016 by the National Youth Involvement Board. Founded in 1937 by MSU faculty and staff, MSUFCU has 18 branches, nearly 250,000 members, more than $3.7 billion in assets, and over 800 employees.


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