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N.Y. young professionals have first meet-up
ALBANY, N.Y. (9/10/12)--Fourteen young professionals from eight credit unions gathered in New York City recently for the area's first Young Professionals Commission (YPC) meet-up.

Young professionals recently gathered in New York City at Café Cortadito as part of the area's first Young Professionals Commission meet-up. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of New York)
The group, joined by guest Elizabeth Friedrich, program officer at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, discussed several topics relevant to credit unions.

YPC member Alicia Portada, Lower East Side People's FCU, shared an overview of the YPC, the networking opportunities available for young credit union professionals and the benefits of getting involved with the Metropolitan Chapter.

Fellow YPC member Corey Fernandes, Municipal CU, then discussed his experience as an attendee at the Credit Union Association of New York's (CUANY) Annual Meeting & Convention this summer.

Professional development was a key theme in the group's discussions. Several attendees acknowledged the opportunities to grow and advance within their credit unions.

Friedrich noted the importance of attracting and cultivating outside talent, explaining that the federation's fellowship program focuses on discovering and preparing talent from "outside" college graduates to be integrated into the credit union world. "It's very important to recognize the interest and passion from people outside the credit union movement, as their perspectives can bring originality and creativity to the movement," she said.

The unique dynamics of the metropolitan area, specifically New York City, was another point of discussion topic. Fernandes and Glamis Haro, Union Settlement FCU, shared concerns about the financial distress in their credit unions' communities--particularly among young people.

"The meet-up was an extreme success," said Fernandes. "Not only were we able to educate the attendees about the YPC, but we were also able to plant the seeds for lasting relationships between all the young professionals who attended."

The meet-up was hosted by CUANY's YPC with support from the association's Metropolitan Chapter and the federation.
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