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Texas Trust Invests in Leadership Development for Employees

ARLINGTON, Texas – November 15, 2023 – Strengthening its employees’ leadership skills and cultivating future industry leaders is a part of Texas Trust Credit Union’s growth strategy and culture. The credit union invests in leadership development through various measures, including the Cornerstone Leadership Academy.

The 2023 Leadership Academy, which graduated at the end of October, included nearly 30 students from various credit unions throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. Seven students from the 2023 class were from Texas Trust.

The Cornerstone Leadership Academy is a multi-faceted program designed to cultivate credit union leaders. The program explores all aspects of credit union management and functions, as well as credit union history and philosophy, to prepare students for collaborative cross-functional learning and skills development to aid them in their career advancement and future leadership roles.

Texas Trust students in the 2023 class were:

-Christina Cruz-Martinez, Card Solutions Clerk

-Ashtun Fouts, Loan Processor

-Heidi Hardy, VP of Public Relations

-Toni Nichols, Public Relations Manager

-Thuy Pham, Dispute Specialist

-Cody Smith, VP, Talent Development and Internal Communications

-Brittany Ward, HR Generalist


“Attending the Cornerstone League Leadership Academy has allowed me to learn, grow and connect,” said Heidi Hardy, VP of Public Relations for Texas Trust Credit Union. “The experience emphasized that leadership involves responsibility and caring for those you lead.”

Hardy added, “It was a journey of self-discovery, where you uncover your strengths, refine your skills, and emerge as a more empowered leader.”

Graduates were immersed in a nine-month mix of instructor-led learning, collaborative team projects, and self-learning. The program not only prepares them for leadership within their credit union but creates a pathway to higher level leadership training such as Southwest CUNA Management School.

About Texas Trust Credit Union

Texas Trust Credit Union has been helping build brighter financial futures since its modest beginning in 1936. Today, the full-service credit union serves more than 137,000 members. With assets of more than $2 billion, Texas Trust is the 7th largest credit union in North Texas and the 18th largest in Texas. With a focus on the community, Texas Trust is creating a legacy of giving through generous financial donations that support local school programs and activities, non-profit organizations, and student scholarships; and by providing volunteer resources through its Community Unity team, which supports scores of charitable events each year. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook at or Twitter at @texastrustcu.


Photo Caption: left to right, Ashtun Fouts, Christina Cruz-Martinez, Toni Nichols, Thuy Pham, Cody Smith, and Brittany Ward. (not pictured Heidi Hardy)