Young CU Professionals: Here’s Your Chance to Get Involved in Advocacy

The 2017 GAC Crashers with Jim Nussle, President and CEO of CUNA. Photo by Linda Crane, a 2017 GAC Crasher and Executive Administrative Assistant for Spokane-based Global Credit Union.

2018 Crash the GAC Deadline Extended to Dec. 8

For young professionals ready to dive deeper into the world of credit union advocacy, or credit union leaders eager to invest in their leadership pipeline, 2018’s Crash the GAC is an incredible opportunity.

The Cooperative Trust, CUNA, your Association, and state leagues across the nation are joining forces to send one Crasher per state to the upcoming CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), Feb. 25 through March 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Planned alongside an existing credit union conference, “Crash” events are designed to inspire young credit union professionals ages 35 and under, or 35 at heart, and to help them grow in their credit union careers. Crashers are sponsored to attend a conference at a lower cost, and with additional content created especially for young professionals.

For the 2018 Crash the GAC, crashers will receive free conference registration, which includes attendance at keynote and breakout conference sessions, congressional meetings, and crasher sessions with leaders in the Credit Union Movement. Travel, lodging, and food costs are the responsibility of the Crasher and their credit union. Scholarships also are available from your Northwest Credit Union Foundation to help cover expenses.

This year’s application deadline has been extended! Young credit union professionals now have until December 8 at 11:59 p.m. CST to apply. To get started, young credit union professionals should visit and submit a 60-second video about why they wish to participate in the program, and what they hope to contribute.

Questions about 2018’s Crash the GAC? Contact Will Hagen, NWCUA’s Grassroots Advocacy Manager, at

CLIMB Idaho Opens Application Period for CLIMB @ the Capitol

CLIMB @ the Capitol allows young credit union professionals (or those who are young at heart) an opportunity to attend NWCUA’s Credit Union Day at the Capitol in Boise, Idaho with the CLIMB Idaho young professionals’ group. Selected Climbers will have the opportunity to take a dynamic role in the conference, and learn more about how credit unions can better advocate for their members.

“CLIMB @ the Capitol will allow young credit union professionals the opportunity to take a more active position in credit union advocacy,” said Nick Fugal, Chief Financial Officer at Clarity Credit Union and CLIMB Idaho’s Treasurer. “Attending this event will allow young professionals to get in front of local state government officials so their voice can be heard regarding important credit union issues. After attending this event, young professionals will better understand the importance of credit union advocacy and the important that it plays in the overall Credit Union Movement.”

Click here for more information, and to apply.

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