Conn. league’s leadership conference pursues ‘Mission Possible’

October 7, 2015

MERIDEN, Conn. (10/7/15)--For credit unions to see growth, they must grow themselves.

Connecticut-based credit unions had the opportunity to do just that last week, as the Connecticut Credit Union League held its annual leadership conference in Mystic, Conn.  


Jill Nowacki, president/CEO, Connecticut Credit Union League, and John Tippets, author, headlined the final day of the league’s annual leadership conference. (Connecticut Credit Union League Photo)

The three-day event, themed this year as “Mission Possible,” offered credit union management, staff and volunteers a variety of learning events--ranging from board financial training, to Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) training, to building cultures of innovation--to help credit unions improve themselves within the movement.

John Tippets, author of “Hearts of Courage” and longtime credit union president/CEO, was the keynote speaker for the event.

“It is our mission to be a valued partner in making Connecticut’s credit unions successful,” said Jill Nowacki, league president/CEO. “As our signature education event, it is inspiring to see credit unions come together in fellowship, focusing on how we can move our industry forward to a place of greater success.”

Day 1 highlights:

  • Nick Moalli, league vice president of credit union services, hosted a senior executive roundtable;
  • Bob Powers, league manager of special projects, led a board financial training session; and
  • Chuck Fagan, president/CEO, PSCU, a credit union service organization based in St. Petersburg, Fla., discussed the ideas of embracing change and lifelong learning, among other subjects, during a session called “The Learning Never Stops.”

Day 2 highlights:

  • Judy Britt, league director of compliance, led a training session on BSA compliance;
  • Chris Whalen, league communication and public relations manager, led a session on prize-linked savings;
  • Filene Research Institute Chief Impact Officer Tansley Stearns shared ideas on how to foment a culture of innovation in a credit union; and
  • Randy Thompson, CEO and founder of TCT Risk Solutions, discussed the key components of risk and how to manage them. Specifically Thompson addressed using risk-based pricing to account for variable risk patterns, and identifying early warning signs of souring credit.

Day 3 highlights:

  • Nowacki presented “Insights for 2016 Planning,” which reviewed key issues highlighted in CUNA’s Environmental Scan Report for the coming year; and
  • Tippets recounted the story of the historic Gillam plane crash in Alaska in 1943, and how his father was part of the rescue team that journeyed through the Alaskan wilderness to find the survivors. He then connected the lessons learned through that experience to credit unions and general life lessons.