Truity Testimony - Jamie Hardesty
From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I got a job at my church’s school. After five years, I decided I wanted to move on. The administrator had been my youth pastor and was someone I respected and looked up to. When I submitted my resignation, he called me into his office and told me that if I left the school, I’d never do anything but change diapers or flip burgers.
I was crushed.
There I was, young and just figuring out who I was and what I wanted to do, and someone I admired was telling me I would never amount to anything.
But I am a bit stubborn (OK, maybe a LOT stubborn) and the best way to get me to do something is to tell me I can’t do it. I determined right then and there that I would do anything except work in fast food or daycare.
I had never heard of the credit union and had only been to Bartlesville proper once in my whole life. When I came to work here, my self-confidence was still shattered from leaving my last job. Some people told me I wouldn’t last a year given the commute of 45 minutes each way.
21 years later, I know my value, and dare anyone to tell me otherwise! The managers and leadership team at Truity saw value in me and helped me see it in myself. They valued me as an employee. They gave me responsibility and helped me grow into a leader. I’m grateful to them for helping me rediscover my self-worth. Of all the benefits, pay, and perks I have received over two decades of working here, this is the one thing I treasure the most.