12 episodes

The Community Bank Difference is the gold standard for what it means to provide outstanding support to our communities. That’s why at First Federal Bank of Wisconsin, we are going outside of the products and services we provide to share with you the impact your neighbors are making in Southeastern Wisconsin. On the Keeping it Local podcast, we will be connecting you with local businesses, nonprofits, and community members who share unique perspectives that inspire and educate you on the Community Bank Difference.

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The Community Bank Difference is the gold standard for what it means to provide outstanding support to our communities. That’s why at First Federal Bank of Wisconsin, we are going outside of the products and services we provide to share with you the impact your neighbors are making in Southeastern Wisconsin. On the Keeping it Local podcast, we will be connecting you with local businesses, nonprofits, and community members who share unique perspectives that inspire and educate you on the Community Bank Difference.

    Financial Literacy: Building Stronger Communities with SecureFutures

    Financial Literacy: Building Stronger Communities with SecureFutures

    When is it appropriate to become financially literate? A fair argument would be "before you make a detrimental financial mistake" though there is logic behind this, it isn't always realistic. Kids are taking, on average, 12 years of schooling before they're put out into the world to make their own financial decisions, and yet, teaching financial responsibility isn't standard in today's curriculum; because of that, SecureFutures set out to change the standard.
    In today's episode, we're joined by the Founder of SecureFutures, Lloyd Levin, and the CEO and President, Brenda Campbell, to discuss SecureFutures' mission to Provide financial literacy programs and resources that empower students to make sound financial decisions.
    We're building stronger communities by empowering teens with financial education, tools, and mentorship. They say, "An investment in teen financial capability is an investment in the future." So how can you invest today?

    • 28 min
    Digital Banking: How COVID-19 changed the customer experience

    Digital Banking: How COVID-19 changed the customer experience

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in many unexpected ways, and the banking world is no exception. Things have become increasingly digital, and banking has joined the list of tasks that are now done from home — meaning customers need fast, easy, and positive online experiences.
    People are used to great apps that fit their ever-changing needs. So how does the banking world keep up? We’re glad you asked. Today, we’re joined by Patrick Dickson (SVP/Chief Research Analyst & Executive Strategist, Kasasa) and Rick Beutler (VP of Consumer Banking, First Federal Bank of Wisconsin) to talk about just that.
    We’ll dive into changes in customer behaviors caused by the pandemic and how banks like ours have expanded to meet the increased demand for online services. We’ll also talk about the future of digital banking, and provide a few best practice tips for maximum security when banking online.

    • 31 min
    Women in Leadership

    Women in Leadership

    Although women have made great strides in the workplace, they’re still often under-represented — especially women of color. Women only hold 20% of board seats, make up 8% of Fortune 500 CEOs, receive 3% of all venture capital funding, and are 2 times more at-risk when it comes to job loss.

    Yes, those are staggering statistics — but it’s not all bad, and things are trending up. There are now two times the amount of women entrepreneurs than there were in the 2000s, and there has been a 500% increase in the number of black women in business over the last two decades. And, although women only hold 20% of board seats in the US, that number is up 6% over the last few years.

    Today, we’re joined by DeVona Wright Cottrell (Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel, GMR Marketing) and JoAnne Anton (Director of Giving, Herb Kohl Philanthropies), two absolutely brilliant female leaders in Wisconsin. They’re both on our board here at First Federal Bank of Wisconsin, a board that we can proudly say is 50% women.

    Diversity is something that’s incredibly important to the business world — in this episode, we’ll talk with these two leaders about why that’s the case. We’ll also talk about how these two selfless individuals serve the community and the needs of Southeast Wisconsin, and why it’s so important to have women in leadership positions.

    • 31 min
    The Road to Retirement: How to sell your business and smoothly transition

    The Road to Retirement: How to sell your business and smoothly transition

    For most business owners, their business has become a part of them. It’s something they’ve worked tirelessly on for many years, and they’re often deeply entwined in the essential day-to-day operations. That can make it tough to part ways and keep things running smoothly when the time to sell finally comes around.
    On today’s episode, we’ll be talking about how to ensure  a seamless transition to retirement or your next venture.
    So, how far ahead should you prepare for your sale? How do you maximize value? What kinds of professionals should be on your advisory team? What options are available when it’s time to sell?
    We’re joined by experts Ronald English (Partner at Hippenmeyer, Reilly, Blum, Schmitzer, Fabian & English, S.C.), Meagan Rutkowski (Partner, CPA at Bull Moose Financial), and our own Brian McManus (Senior V.P. of Lending, First Federal Bank of Wisconsin) to answer these common questions and lend a few extra bits of wisdom. 
    Listen in, and you’ll be fully equipped to prepare an exit strategy, get top dollar for your business, and run through the finish line knowing you’ve preserved your legacy and set the next owner up for continued success.

    • 19 min
    Milwaukee’s Mitchell Street: Historical and Hoppin’

    Milwaukee’s Mitchell Street: Historical and Hoppin’

    When you look back at Milwaukee’s storied past, it’s hard to find a neighborhood more culturally rich than Mitchell Street. Once called “The downtown of Milwaukee’s South Side”, this area was predominantly inhabited by Polish immigrants, changing over the years to welcome a diverse Latino population as well. The Mitchell Street story is uplifting, and a true testament to how a community can evolve with and stay true to both its residents and its roots. 
    As you may have heard, First Federal Bank of Wisconsin recently acquired Mitchell Bank to expand our presence and serve more communities in the Milwaukee area. So on today’s episode, we’re here with a special ode to Historic Mitchell Street. 
    Joining us today is John Dye, owner of Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, At Random, and The Jazz Estate, Jorge Lopez, owner of Lopez Bakery and Restaurant, and Ed Shaefer, the President and CEO at First Federal Bank. We’re truly honored that these valued community members are joining us on the podcast, and can’t wait to tell you the neighborhood’s story through the eyes of some great folks who have seen it across its many stages.

    • 20 min
    Financial Discipline Today for a Bright Tomorrow

    Financial Discipline Today for a Bright Tomorrow

    Financial planning can be a daunting task. It’s like going to the dentist — you may be scared to take initiative, but you know that if you can just muster up the courage to start, you’ll be much better off.

    This week’s episode is focused on our college-aged audience. It’s about starting early and making the most of what you’ve got to make a big impact on your finances. We’ll discuss opening your first accounts, building credit, buying your first home, and so much more. 

    Experts Brian McManus (SVP of Lending, First Federal Bank of Wisconsin), Fernando Campos (Neighborhood Development Program, United Community Center), and Jeff Condit (Youth Programs Director, United Community Center) join to guide listeners and provide valuable insights.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

WIBiker ,

Great local podcast

First Federal Bank does a great job showcasing the community with this show. I can't wait for more episodes.

Richie-Burke ,

Great variety of topics

Great seeing with FFB is doing on the podcast to highlight community leaders and discuss interesting topics. Not the typical podcast you would see from a bank.

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