MADISON, Wis. (5/6/10)--At February’s Crash the GAC, 23 young credit union professionals got to peek behind the curtain at the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference. They rubbed shoulders with system leaders like CUNA President Dan Mica, World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) President Pete Crear, and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Member Gigi Hyland. In July, Crash organizer Brent Dixon, a young adult advisor at the Filene Research Institute, will take a new group of crashers to Las Vegas to crash The 1 Credit Union Conference. Today’s credit union leaders have built a worldwide system with decades of hard work. But the clock keeps ticking, and it falls to a new group to make sure that system thrives in the decades to come. More than just an alternative ticket to a big event, Crash is a look at the worldwide credit union system by an upcoming generation of leaders, Dixon said. “Opportunities to participate in events like The 1 Credit Union Conference are typically limited to top-level credit union staff, which leaves young credit union professionals under the age of 30 out of the mix,” Dixon said. “This is a shame, and we can do something about it.” Crash gives 15 credit union professionals under the age of 30 the opportunity to participate in the event by:
* Landing at networking events along the Vegas strip; * Building relationships with other under-30 credit union professionals; and * Attending daily conversation sessions with credit union leaders from around the world.
Already confirmed are credit union officials:
* Marlene Shiels, CEO of Scotland’s Capital CU and a WOCCU board member; * Mike Schenk, CUNA vice president of research and statistics; * Valerie Breunig, executive director of WOCCU's Worldwide Foundation; * Gene Blishen, CEO of Canada’s Mt. Lehman CU; and * Hyland.
The final date to apply is May 28. Crashers will be announced June 2. For more information, use the link.