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Board Evaluation Tools Available From CUNA, The Paragon Group

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MADISON, Wis. (9/12/13)--A new series of board effectiveness tools are available through the Credit Union National Association's partnership with The Paragon Group.
 
The Paragon Group, based in Olympia, Wash., provides board effectiveness evaluations that allow directors to regularly review board performance and make changes while keeping essential traditions alive.
 
"Credit unions are a great fit for the Paragon attitude toward effective board performance," said Kevin Smith, CUNA director of learning events. "Credit union boards need members capable of strategic decision-making, who can ask questions and incite change, all while upholding traditional credit union ideals."
 
The assessment tools include:
  • Board competencies. Board members identify the competencies needed, assess the current level of skills and identify areas that need strengthening.
  • Board effectiveness. Board members evaluate the performance of the board of directors to identify strengths and areas of improvement.
  • Personal contributions.  Individuals evaluate their contribution to the credit union board to develop professional development plans.
  • Peer evaluations. Board members evaluate the performance of their peers to ensure high performance standards and establish performance criteria for renomination.

DigitalMailer Introduces Online Tutor For My Virtual StrongBox

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HERNDON, Va. (9/12/13)--DigitalMailer's My Virtual StrongBox now features an online tutor enhancement that gives an overview of how the online storage device works.
 
Digital Mailer launched the Education Wizard this week at the FinovateFall2013 Conference in New York.
 
The Education Wizard also includes an individual profile feature that suggests types of information to store based on completed responses. My Virtual StrongBox also has added a rewards feature so allows users can earn discounts on additional storage space.
 
"We live in an increasingly data-filled world, so having a way for consumers to keep their personal documents and other important papers safe but quickly available is a big benefit," said Ron Daly, DigitalMailer president/CEO. "The new wizard user interface will lead consumers through steps to learn how to take full advantage of My Virtual StrongBox."
 
Once users log in, a video with two animated characters introduces the service and explains its features. After answering some general questions, My Virtual StrongBox creates a profile, which is used to make suggestions about types of information to store. The wizard also includes opportunities to earn "keys" that will unlock discount codes for additional storage.
 
The My Virtual StrongBox software safeguards wills, birth certificates, insurance and tax documents, family photographs and other papers by loading them into protected, online document libraries.