Reconnect With the CU Community and Strengthen the CU Movement

In an immersive workshop, credit union professionals will gain a better understanding of the CU difference, learn how credit unions’ unique structure impacts communities, discover potential solutions for their members, and more.

10/3/17

Complete with fire pits, s’mores, and regular deer sightings, “Leveraging the Credit Union Difference” is far from your typical professional development workshop in more ways than one. Set in the remote, wooded Islandwood retreat center on Bainbridge Island in Washington, the immersive, three-day training is designed to help credit union professionals unplug from the daily grind and reconnect with the credit union difference.

For years, this workshop has been a dream for Debbie Wege, Cooperative Community Advocate at BECU and a passionate Development Educator. Wege became a certified Credit Union Development Educator through the National Credit Union Foundation in 1993, and also has earned her Caribbean CUDE and International CUDE designations.

“I’ve had a desire to bring this workshop to the Northwest for several years,” said Wege. “It’s a great program that takes a deep dive into our framework as credit unions, and helps us see ourselves as change agents.”

The workshop will give attendees a taste of the full Development Educator experience and introduce them to a strong network of credit union professionals they can contact for ideas and advice.

“It weighs on people to deal with day-to-day operations, examiner questions, security issues. This workshop is an opportunity to step away from that and focus on what we can do to make credit unions stronger. It gives credit union professionals the opportunity to reignite — or ignite for the first time — a real passion for what they’re part of. It gets people excited, gets them feeling a connection to the Credit Union Movement that they don’t necessarily feel every day.”

The workshop is open to anyone, regardless of their level of experience in the industry, who wants to renew their focus on what it means to be part of the credit union community.

Those who will find the workshop especially beneficial include professionals who are new to the Movement and haven’t had the opportunity to dive into exactly what “the Movement” means, credit union employees just entering the industry from the for-profit sector, young professionals who are considering whether they should continue their careers in the credit union industry, and veteran credit union employees who are trying to decide if they want to stay.

“I have a passion for tapping into what solutions are possible given the challenges credit unions face today,” said Wege. “Through this workshop, my hope is that credit union people will gain a real sense of why members are struggling, and work together to maximize the potential for credit unions to create real change in the world.”

Space for the Leveraging the Credit Union Difference workshop is limited, so sign up early. Click here to register and learn more.

Questions? Contact Carmen Vigil, NWCUA’s Community Manager, at cvigil@nwcua.org or 206.340.4817.