Member Spotlight: Make Your Mark with Education
Credit professionals must continuously stay informed and increase their credit knowledge to advance in their career—after all, knowledge is power. By attending NACM's Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management (GSCFM), a hybrid program that covers four essential business and professional growth disciplines: Advanced Financial Statement Analysis, Legal Environment of Credit, Advanced Negotiations and Leadership, credit professionals can make their mark as a credit leader in their industry.Recent graduate, Erin Stammer, vice president of credit at PNW Railcars, Inc. (Portland, OR), found the GSCFM to be an unmatched credit tool for her career. "Not only did it work for my style of learning and retention, but I was able to immediately apply new knowledge and skills to my day-to-day work after each of the sessions," she said.
Despite being an introvert, Stammer managed to break out of her shell in the classroom. In-person learning environments can foster connective energy. "I have a natural curiosity about how others think and how they are operating within their own individual organizations," she said. "The GSCFM allowed me to be more engaged in the course material and hear more about what everybody had to say."
One of Stammer's favorite activities was when she got to provide feedback to her peers. "We wrote feedback about each other on a slip of paper which I really appreciated," she said. "Some of my cohorts followed critiques with encouraging words and highlighted my strengths."
Stammer made such a mark that she became this year's recipient of the peer-elected GSCFM Student Leader Award. "I was surprised and humbled by the award," she said. "Every person in the group brought a very valuable perspective to the GSCFM, and I was honored that they felt I demonstrated strong leadership because in the end, we were all natural leaders. I also want to thank everyone who put the program together and for making it such a valuable experience."
Erin will be publicly recognized with the GSCFM Student Leader Award at the Opening General Session during NACM's 2024 Credit Congress in Las Vegas in June. For more information on the 2024 GSCFM program, visit: https://nacm.org/graduate-school-gsfcm.html.