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VACU Hosts Inaugural Financial Success for Women Summit

A group of attendees sitting at table creating financial vision boards
In one breakout session, attendees build financial vision boards.

Virginia Credit Union was proud to host our inaugural Financial Success for Women Summit last week in downtown Richmond! The fully-booked event drew more than 250 participants and featured award-winning personal finance columnist and author Michelle Singletary, with opening remarks by Virginia’s First Lady, Suzanne S. Youngkin.

At VACU, our mission is to help our members live more confidently. That starts with our affordable products, member-focused services, and full-service banking options providing anytime/anywhere access and convenience. But providing the right “tools” is just the start. Our nationally recognized financial education programs teach individuals how to use those “tools” and make informed financial decisions that build confidence and lead to financial security. This event was a continuation of that commitment, with programming geared toward women, who are falling farther behind men in financial health.

“We believe in the power of knowledge and community to propel women toward financial success,” said Cherry Dale, Senior Vice President of Financial Education and one of the visionaries behind the event. “This summit is an extension of our mission to strengthen financial confidence in our community. It’s a platform for women to gain practical insights, share experiences, and connect with peers and mentors who can guide them on their journey.”

The Summit was made possible by the support of our co-hosts and collaborators, the  VCU Financial Success Center and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Participants had the opportunity to have their professional headshot taken, share a plated lunch, attend breakout sessions, and network over cocktails at the end of the day. Participants also built Born Healthy Kits for new moms, through the United Way’s Women Rise program. Supplies were donated by VACU employees and Summit attendees packed the kits with handwritten notes of encouragement.

For some of the resources from the event, plus more financial education resources visit

A financial cooperative serving more than  320,000 members, Virginia Credit Union offers a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources, with a focus on helping people feel more confident about their finances. Virginia Credit Union is an equal housing opportunity lender and is federally insured by NCUA.

Media Contact: Deb Wreden | | (804) 267-5409