NWCUA YP Leads Program Presents a Priceless Career Opportunity for Young Professionals


Last year’s NWCUA YP leads had an unforgettable experience at MAXX. Be a 2018 YP Lead. Apply by June 20.

If you identify as a young credit union professional and want to be part of a network of the next generation of credit union leadership, your Association’s YP Leads Program is for you.

Eighteen young professionals – six each from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington–will be selected. Opportunities include a “full ride” to the MAXX Convention October 16-18, where YP Leads will have the opportunity to work behind the scenes. The YP Leads Program also offers year around networking and mentoring by a team of seasoned “champions” who are passionate about helping young pros develop their career paths. Applications are being accepted online through June 20.

The YP Leads program made its debut at MAXX Convention in 2017.

“Over half of the 2017 YP Leads have gone on to receive a promotion at their credit union or became leaders in their local YP Groups or Chapters,” said Carmen Vigil, NWCUA Director, Cooperative Momentum. “It’s exciting to see the possibilities that arise from coming together at MAXX. I cannot wait to see what comes from the 2018 cohort.”

Valentin Palomino, Assistant Branch Manager for Spokane-based Numerica Credit Union, said the program exceeded his expectations.

Picture of YP champions 2017

YP Leads are guided through their experience by “Champions.” Seen here are the mentors who helped to launch the YP Program in 2017.

“I went in thinking of a basic conference where you’d learn many things about credit unions,” Palomino said. “But little did I know, I’d get the chance to network with so many individuals where I created very valuable relationships.”

The application form includes questions that candidates can answer in videos, essays, or through other creative outlets. The YP Champions will judge the applications, and those selected will be notified by August 1. The YP Leads program is open to anyone who currently works for an NWCUA/ICUL member credit union in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington.

If you take the plunge, Caitlin Lyon, a 2017 YP Lead says, “be open to new mentors, friends, and ideas. Get pumped up to go home from MAXX because you are the conduit of information, passion, and advocacy as your credit union’s YP Lead.”

Editor’s note: Questions about the 2018 YP Leads Program? Contact Carmen Vigil by emailing cvigil@nwcua.org.

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