It’s hard to miss Chrissy Williams’ ambition to improve those around her. In her work at Ent Credit Union and out in the community, Williams knows her efforts have an impact — and she leads by example.

It’s a lesson she says she learned throughout grade school, where her teachers built a positive foundation and inspired her to educate others.   

Growing up in Colorado Springs, Williams attended Stratton Meadows Elementary, Gorman Middle School (now Pikes Peak BOCES School of Excellence) and Mesa Ridge High School.

“My heart is in the Colorado Springs community and my goal is to help wherever I can,” she said. “A lot of my time is spent with young professional groups because, for me, I want to help create the next generation of people who will do big things for the community and grow the community.”

That drive also shows in her commitment to Ent, where she has worked for 13 years. Williams planned to attend college to become an elementary school teacher but, she said, Ent’s dedication to its members convinced her to stay. 

“I fell in love with working for a credit union and moved up through the ranks,” she said. “I spent a lot of years face-to-face with a lot of members and I loved those interactions. Then I went to mortgages and have been here since. I love learning about it. I love helping people and I’m in a training role and I support people, so I love that.”

Ent Center Manager Mike Grady said Williams leads training efforts for mortgage lending employees.

“It’s no easy task as the credit union is in heavy growth mode and strengthening their workforce very quickly,” he said. “Chrissy regularly leads volunteer initiatives … and encourages others to join in.”

Williams is president of the Emerging Leaders Council for Pikes Peak United Way, and serves on the Colorado Young Credit Union Professionals, the Leadership Pikes Peak LNOW! Program Steering Committee and Ent’s Young Professionals Creative Committee.

“I’m honored to get to work alongside such a selfless woman,” said Annie Snead, Ent’s director of marketing and public relations. “Chrissy is pure sunshine, a hard worker and the first to sign up and volunteer for everything.”

Williams has been honored as winner of the Mountain West Credit Union Association’s Top 20 Under 40 award and as a nominee for the 2019 Leadership Pikes Peak Emerging Leader awards and the 2020 Gary Bostrom Community Inspiration Leadership award.

“I love how we support the community,” she said. “Even when I’m not out in the community, I feel like [my work is] making a difference. I think every little bit counts.”

Cindy Aubrey, president and CEO of Pikes Peak United Way, said Williams spearheaded the effort to introduce Ent’s young professionals to PPUW’s work, boosting donations significantly.

“Nonprofits can’t do the work we do without donors and volunteers,” she added. “Chrissy is not only an instrumental piece to our current philanthropy landscape, but to our future. She will continue to inspire other Rising Stars to help our community’s most vulnerable.”