Northwest Credit Union Association, Idaho Credit Union League Collaboration Opens Training Opportunities to 150 CU Professionals

A collaborative, high tech initiative between the Northwest Credit Union Association and the Idaho Credit Union League opened unprecedented training and networking opportunities for  nearly 150 credit union professionals from three states.

Through video conferencing hosted in seven cities throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho, 62 marketing, business development and community outreach specialists inaugurated the expansion of the NWCUA Networking Council program on August 25.  The Compliance Council’s Sept. 1 event then drew 85 participants from credit unions in all three states. Video conferencing locations included NWCUA and ICUL offices, and credit union facilities in Eugene, Oregon, Spokane, Washington and Lewiston and Pocatello, Idaho.

“The opportunity to network ‘face-to-face’ with other credit union staff members in our region is invaluable and would not be possible without the use of this video technology,” said Kris Watkins, Compliance/Security Officer at CapEd Credit Union in Meridian, Idaho. In addition to attending the councils, she served as an onsite host for Boise council attendees.

“This successful collaboration with the NWCUA is allowing Idaho credit union professionals to connect with more of their colleagues, share experiences and create added value forums for change and talent development,” said Kathy Thomson, President/CEO of the Idaho Credit Union League.

Added Denise Gabel, NWCUA COO, “It is empowering and enlightening to see credit union colleagues sharing ideas directly with each other. It is much more connective than an email or phone call. This innovation will result in a higher level of cooperation among cooperatives—one of our guiding principles in the credit union movement.”

 

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The Idaho Credit Union League is the trade association representing over 30 Idaho affiliated credit unions across the state. The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 160 credit unions in Washington and Oregon. Both organizations provide legislative and regulatory advocacy, compliance support, professional development opportunities, and public relations resources to help credit unions thrive and better serve the millions of Northwest consumers who are credit union members.

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