September 11, 2017 BestCompaniesAZ

Serving the Valley: USAA Director Chosen for Valley Leadership Institute

Each year, Valley Leadership chooses the best and brightest leaders in the Phoenix community for inclusion in its annual class.  The class is comprised of community members, business leaders, elected officials and government workers. This year Latasha Causey of USAA is joining the class of 53 members and is the first employee of USAA to participate in the training program.

usaaLatasha serves as Director, Regional Operations, Regional Site Management at USAA’s Phoenix Campus. She is also co-chair of the USAA Diversity Business Group “Elevate,” designed to create opportunities for education and awareness for gender diversity issues in the workplace. Serving as role models is an important part of Elevate’s mission and extends her engagement into the community.  Her interest in diversity & inclusion has propelled her to become a popular guest speaker at corporate events throughout the Valley.

“I am honored and extremely grateful to be chosen for this privilege,” says Latasha.  “Among the things the training is known for is providing unique leadership training, introducing class members to key business and government leaders within the Valley, and also participation on annual projects that benefit Valley communities. With 4,500 people at USAA’s Phoenix Campus, this will also provide an excellent opportunity to network and share information about our organization and workforce.”

Latasha has a long-standing commitment to community engagement and is looking forward to taking this important step in receiving top-notch networking and training. A West Valley Phoenix native, Latasha was raised to be passionate about giving back, a tradition which she not only embraces today but shares with her husband and children. “I was raised to work hard, get an education, and then give something back.  I am still passionate about making a difference and believe the work we do must benefit others beyond ourselves,” Causey states. Ms. Causey holds Phoenix board positions with Teach for America, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Children’s Museum of Phoenix and is Co-Chair of the Women’s United group for the Valley of the Sun, United Way.  

The Valley Leadership Institute features an annual nine-month program, October to June, of education and involvement, with each class developing projects to better the region.  The Valley Leadership Institute has offered leadership training since 1978, and has graduated more than 3,000 people.

Congratulations to Latasha on this incredible opportunity to have an impact on our community, while gaining valuable experience to utilize at USAA and beyond!