Photo gallery: 2021 CUNA MBD Virtual Conference

Photo gallery: Highlights from #MBDVirtual

Sessions feature the growing role of AI and new directions for marketing and business development.

March 25, 2021

The 2021 CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Virtual Conference featured a bit of “BoomChickaPop,” a bevy of business development and marketing insights, and a call to go “all in.”

Keynoter Angie Bastian kicked off the event by sharing the incredible rise of her barrier-breaking popcorn company, Angie’s BoomChickaPop. Breakout sessions highlighted the role of artificial intelligence in marketing, new directions for business development, chief concerns for marketers, and more.

Here are some highlights.

  • Slide 01

    About 72% of U.S. households have at least one streaming service, says Faye Trapani, head of self-service platform sales for The Walt Disney Company.

  • Slide 02

    The poker chip is a visual representation of going “all in,” says speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez. “Going ‘all in’ is a lifestyle; a difference we want to make. It’s part of who we are.”

  • Slide 03

    Consumer engagement around your brand is the best measure of success, according to a panel of spirits producers moderated by Tansley Stearns, Canvas Credit Union.

  • Slide 04

    Angie Bastian explains the genesis of her barrier-breaking popcorn company, BoomChickaPop.

  • Slide 05

    Author, podcaster, and speaker Antonio Neves emceed the event.

  • Slide 06

    Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool for leveraging data, says Hilary Reed, EmpowerFi.

  • Slide 07

    The pandemic is creating a greater focus on financial education, digital engagement, and community impact, according to panelists during a Business Development Exchange.

  • Slide 08

    Red Cross' Morgan Beach explains "Missing Maps" during the “Map-E-Hour” giveback event. Through this project, Red Cross uses satellite imagery to aid disaster responders.

  • Slide 09

    If credit unions do what’s right, they’ll likely achieve their financial goals, says Steven Bugg, president/CEO of Great Lakes Credit Union.

  • Slide 10

    Tuesday wrapped up with a dueling piano experience featuring The Flying Ivories.

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