TCU Talks

A Podcast from Teachers Credit Union

On TCU Talks you’ll hear financial tips and tricks from financial experts, as well as personal stories and advice on a variety of financial topics.

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Juneteenth: A Discussion with Dr. Richard Pierce

What is Juneteenth and its historical significance? Listen in on this discussion with Richard Pierce, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of History and Co-Director of the AnBryce Scholars Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. 

For many, the pandemic has supercharged financial stress. This first episode features TCU's Director of Financial Wellness and Wellbeing Jeff Sobieralski discussing how to manage your money to build financial security, even during challenging economic times like we're facing now.

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The pandemic has created widespread economic challenges that can be disastrous for retirement plans. Waylon Peterson, TCU President of Investment Services discusses how to approach retirement savings amid the current volatility.

TCU Investment Services Professionals are registered representatives of CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. Securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor, which is not an affiliate of the credit union. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution to make securities available to members. Not NCUA/NCUSIF/FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any Financial Institution.

Jeff Sobieralski, TCU’s Director of Financial Wellness and Wellbeing, discusses how to help your kids develop good habits to keep them financially fit for life. Listen for some easy ways to introduce finance to your children so they develop a healthy relationship with money.

Nicole Alcorn, TCU’s Chief Member Experience Officer, says great financial tools and products are just the beginning. At TCU, we get to know our members, tailoring solutions to their individual needs. We’re here to help — to treat you like we would want to be treated. That’s the bottom line of Better Banking.

Our latest TCU Talks podcast is timely for Cybersecurity Awareness Month! TCU’s cybersecurity expert Kevin Holleran offers tips to help us all stay safe online. Hear why it’s a good idea to use one device for online banking and another to browse the internet, and why you should be using spaces in your passwords.

Steering a small business through today’s uncharted territory is complex. In the latest episode of TCU TALKS, Commercial Loan Officer Pat McGinley shares how business owners can protect their companies.

This holiday season will be unlike any we’ve experienced. With financial uncertainty and limitations to traditional gatherings because of COVID, TCU Area Manager Joshua Lloyd joined TCU TALKS to provide tips on navigating the holidays during the pandemic.

Jackie Rucker is TCU’s first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In this episode of TCU Talks, Rucker shares how she’s helping TCU ensure that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are not buzzwords — but a way of life in the workplace and in how members are served.

What's your net worth — and why does it matter? Area Manager Adam Young joins TCU Talks to explain the importance of this metric and how understanding it can be a step on the path to financial security.

TCU received many inventive ideas during its recent “Innovate! Business Challenge,” which supported the most creative ways that small businesses have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The five winners — from over 60 entries — re-imagined their business models or pivoted to provide new products and services in a way that allowed them to not just to survive, but to thrive.

TCU committed $35,000 to the challenge — $10,000 more than originally offered because of the high-quality entries. The grit and creativity of these and the more than 60 entries we received have been inspiring, and we’re proud to support their efforts.

Certell is an Indianapolis nonprofit developer of global online courses and course materials. Listen to co-founder Fred Fransen discuss how technology can help the process of learning but cannot replace the role of the teacher and traditional classrooms.

Bamar Plastics was honored for the development of a new product — The Step Saver. Heather Meixel, Bamar’s CEO, and her 15 employees primarily produce high-precision insert-molded automotive components, but they needed to pivot to recoup lost revenue. Listen to Heather and Quality Engineer Nivedha Vijayakumar discuss how diversification has helped them weather the pandemic.

Chris and Katrina Shoemaker’s upscale Italian restaurant Scarpe opened in downtown Valparaiso less than a year before the pandemic forced their new business to shut down. When things came to a screeching halt, the Shoemakers, along with their son Adam, the restaurant’s sommelier, and his partner, Olivia FissΓ©, Scarpe’s executive chef, reimagined their mission. Listen to the Shoemaker family discuss how they adapted in order to survive.

Nicole Kearney, founder and vintner of Indianapolis-based Sip & Share Wines, is making room for more people to share in the experiences she offers. Listen to how Sip & Share, a purveyor of artisanal and vegan wine at events, festivals and popups adapted to the pandemic — and why she will always bank with TCU.

The free, healthy food Unity Gardens offers to people in need has become even more essential, but the economic downturn compromised its capacity to help. Listen to how Unity Garden’s founder and executive director Sara Stewart, and her partner, Mitch Yaciw adapted by caring for people and feeding them well.

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