NAPERVILLE, Ill. (9/30/14)--CU Reach, the Illinois Credit Union League's under-40 organization, held its first Young Professionals Conference, hosting a sell-out group of 70 participants Sept. 15-16.
"The YP Conference was a great learning experience," said Brandy Bockewitz, marketing coordinator at Land of Lincoln CU, Decatur, $199 million in assets. "I feel that the conference's agenda was right on par with my new position with my credit union. With tips on networking and goal setting, I am able to incorporate some important things into my new career."
Topics discussed at the conference included credit union history and philosophy, social media, and leadership. Participants shared their opinions using a text polling system with responses displayed live on-screeen.
During a "CU Executives Panel," participants were given the opportunity to learn and receive advice from industry veterans.
"It was nice to have CEOs from different sized credit unions, men and women, share their stories, history, challenges, concerns and advice through a discussion," said Anna Lee, marketing manager at Credit Union 1, Rantoul, with $768 million in assets.
"I was honored to share ideas with our movement's young, bright minds," said panelist Patrick Basler, CEO of First Financial CU, Chicago, with $67 million in assets. "For those of us that have been leading credit unions for a number of years, it's great to see the next generation committed and excited about our movement."
The Young Professionals Advisory Committee developed, planned and hosted the conference. CU Reach is committed to recruiting and retaining young professionals to inspire life-long careers in the Illinois credit union movement.