This year’s America’s Credit Union Conference is special because we’re holding it in conjunction with the World Credit Union Conference. I’m honored that Brian Branch and the World Council of Credit Unions will be sharing the stage with us.
I’m looking forward to seeing and visiting with all of you as well as discussing my views about our movement’s bright future.
The meeting offers us all an opportunity to network, meet other leaders in the global credit union movement, and learn from each other as we fight for the best interests of our members.
We’ll explore the innovative ideas that drive positive change and advance our movement.
Breakout sessions will focus on membership growth, leadership, advocacy, emerging trends, and operational excellence.
We’ll showcase stories highlighting the credit union difference at the local level, including a special honor for Credit Union Magazine’s Credit Union Hero of the Year, Gail Lewis of 121 Financial Credit Union in Jacksonville, Fla.
Our keynote speakers will challenge us all to look at our work differently to disrupt the status quo.
Former Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally revitalized the storied automaker during his eight-year tenure and introduced a new way to collaboratively lead his team with clear benchmarks for progress toward the company’s goals. He transformed Ford’s culture and inspired employees with his vision for a return to excellence.
Navi Radjou, co-author of “Frugal Innovation: How to Do More With Less,” says credit unions are uniquely suited for a new way to look at innovation in the financial services marketplace. His view of frugality isn’t all about money—it also has a lot to do with time and the ability to be agile so time isn’t wasted.
The relationship-based financial services credit unions offer members let us do just that, recognizing and meeting members’needs.
According to TED talk veteran Luke Williams, in today’s work environment we need to disrupt or be disrupted. That’s much like the rapidly changing world of financial services.
Being comfortable isn’t necessarily a good thing, and businesses today must generate a steady stream of bold new ideas or risk going out of business. “Think big,” he advises, and lead the change.
We’re motivated by these messages of innovation and focused on you as we work to deliver on the CUNA-league value proposition. Credit union advocacy and uniting our movement around our shared vision that Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner are core components of that idea.
Along with our 40 league partners, CUNA is taking a new 360-degree approach to advocacy to deliver on your expectations. Working alongside more than 6,200 credit unions, we have an unequaled network fighting for credit unions and the more than 100 million members we represent.
Removing barriers to service, creating credit union awareness, and fostering service excellence are our highest priorities.
The opportunities ahead for our movement are significant. We certainly have challenges to reducing the crushing regulatory burden we’re facing, but the path forward will be played on offense. Through our Credit Union Legislative Action Council, we’ll continue to support credit union-friendly candidates running for Congress.
We’re advocating a legislative agenda that recognizes the relief credit unions need. And wherever and whenever possible, we’ll push for changes to rules that wrongly put credit unions in the same bucket as profit-driven banks—because we’re not like them.
Whether you’re reading this at work or during the conference, thank you for all you do to advance our movement. I hope to see you in Denver.