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May 6, 2021
Grow Financial Sponsors the 2021 National Black Men in Leadership Summit
Grow Financial was proud to sponsor the 2021 National Black Men in Leadership Summit, “Advancing Black Male Leaders: The Voice, Truths, and Power of Black Men,” presented by the Michigan Diversity Council. This year, the virtual event drew attendees from across the country around the shared goal of learning and making a positive difference toward racial justice.
About the National Black Men in Leadership Summit
The event included a keynote address from Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University Distinguished Professor, best-selling author and MSNBC political contributor, along with general panel discussions led by a variety of notable speakers, and breakout sessions that focused on topics related to leadership development. According to the Michigan Diversity Council, the purpose of the Summit was to “educate, inspire and encourage attendees to reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to advance within their respective organizations” and “to help companies embrace and champion policies that dismantle an unjust system and move towards racial equity and inclusion in the workplace.”
Thoughts from our team members
As part of our continued commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, our organization seeks out opportunities to support progress toward racial equity. Participation in the National Black Men in Leadership Summit was an excellent chance for learning and professional development for our team members who attended. Here’s what a few of our team members had to say about the event:
Anthony Weston, Commercial Loan Officer
“The conversation around the challenge Black professionals face of having to ‘wear a mask’ at work and code switch with language was very relevant. It’s definitely important to embrace authenticity and be true to yourself. From a personal standpoint, the Summit reinforced that I know my value, which doesn’t necessarily equate to being promoted or having a specific title. Success is not measured against anyone else. A key takeaway for me is the importance of finding happiness in the process of career growth, rather than pursuing happiness as an end goal. It’s great to work for an organization that embraces diversity and, more importantly, understands that equity is where the rubber meets the road.”
Ashley Pittman, Manager, People Development Group
“I was so inspired to see and hear from so many professional and accomplished Black men because this is not something I get to see every day. It was empowering to hear the stories of triumph and resiliency, while seeing the passion and drive in their eyes to break the molds of what was and create something new for themselves and the other minority professionals coming after them.”
Marquise Davis, Fraud Investigator, Asset Protection
“One of the biggest takeaways I gathered was understanding the difference between a mentor and a sponsor. I’m sure many of us can name several mentors we have or had throughout our careers and personal lives. But can we recall ever having a sponsor? A sponsor is willing to put themselves on the line while going to bat for you. They typically help you get to where you are in your career, not by just being a mentor, but also by speaking up and advocating for you both behind closed doors and out in the open.”
Wendy Melton, Lead Corporate Developer, People Development Group
“I was particularly struck by the keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. He repeated, ‘What would America be without…,’ naming many Black men who have made an impact in this country — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lebron James, Stevie Wonder, Barack Obama, just to name a few individuals he mentioned. Yet, as a country and as a system, we still do not treat Black men (as a whole) as equal to white men. Continued progress toward racial equity requires all of us.”
Margaret Mallory, AVP, Real Estate Operations and Services
“Two sessions that I attended, ‘Characteristics of An Effective Leader’ and ‘Why Race, Culture and Representation Matter,’ provided an enhanced understanding of the need for continued growth and practice of diversity in both my personal and professional life. The most profound takeaway from the Summit for me is: awareness of the need for diversity, without change and application, is not progress.”
How to Find Your Routing & Account Numbers
When you make a payment online, by phone or on a mobile device, you may be asked for our routing number and your checking account number. Credit unions and banks use these numbers to identify accounts and make sure money gets where it’s supposed to be. You’ll also need to provide your routing and checking account numbers for:
- Direct deposits
- Electronic checks
- Military allotments
- Wire transfers
Where to Find Your Routing & Checking Account Numbers
Your personal checks include both our routing number and your account number, as shown on the Grow check example below.
Don’t have a Grow check? No worries.
Visit any Grow store and ask for a Direct Deposit Form. It lists both your routing number and checking account number.
Making a Loan Payment
When it comes to making payments, we try to make it as painless as possible to pay your loan every month. We have several different ways to pay, including convenient online options.
You have two ways to pay online by transferring funds from another bank or credit union.
- Grow Online Banking (Preferred payment method for any loan)
This is the simplest way to pay your loan. You can make one-time payments or set up automatic recurring payments in Grow Online Banking. Once you log in, select “Transfer/Payments” from the menu. If you’re not enrolled in Grow Online Banking yet, you can set up your account in just a few minutes.
- Debit Card or ACH (Available for auto, personal loans and HELOCs)
Note: ACH and debit card payments are not available for credit cards or most mortgages, except HELOCs.
We accept ACH payments with no additional fees or Mastercard® and Visa® debit cards with a convenience fee of $4.95. To get started with an online ACH or debit card payment, select Pay Now below.
Pay by Mail
You can also pay any Grow loan by check through the mail. Please remember to include your account number and Grow loan number on the check. (For credit card payments, please do not write your 16-digit credit card number on the check, which can cause a delay in processing the payment.)
Address for auto, credit card, personal loan and HELOC payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 75466
Chicago, IL 60675-5466
Address for personal first or second mortgages and home equity payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 11733
Newark, NJ 07101-4733
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