Young Credit Union Professionals Showed High Engagement at MAXX


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For Brittney Schweizer-Wylie, Project Manager at Oregon-based Rogue Credit Union, attending Northwest Credit Union Association’s annual convention as a Young Professional Lead was a true learning experience – now she’s a stronger advocate for the credit union movement.

“Having a better understanding (of the) technological advancements on the horizon, (the) critical issues our lobbyists are facing, and where the gaps lie in our members’ understanding of credit unions allows me to better cater my message to members and prospective members,” said Wylie. “I think it is so important to be relevant when communicating about the movement, and MAXX definitely provided me with the tools I need to do that.”

Wylie is part of a group of 19 young credit union professionals from the Northwest selected for the YP Leads Program, which gives talented young credit union professionals opportunities for growth and development in the Credit Union Movement. Launched in 2017, the program selects a new group of talented young professionals each year.

“The enthusiasm and drive of this year’s YP Leads cohort is unprecedented!” said NWCUA Director, Cooperative Momentum Carmen Vigil. “In addition to participating in MAXX, this year’s group has several already taking steps to join their local Chapter board or Young Professional planning committee; some are also talking about starting a new micro-community.”

YP Leads receive a full scholarship to MAXX and traditionally return to their credit union roles with new ideas and inspiration.

“MAXX was an opportunity to sit next to CEOs and CFOs, to hear big ideas from professors, and to grapple with the weight of credit union issues,” said YP Glenn McMahon, Investment Assistant at Washington’s Verity Credit Union. “The conference helped to put in focus what matters most about working at a credit union – extending access to vital financial services.”

For many of the YP Leads, MAXX was their first experience at a large conference, providing them with numerous learning opportunities, noted YP Lead Program Mentor, Linda Crane, Executive Administrative Assistant at Global Credit Union in Spokane.

“The different topics of discussion, along with exposure to all of the different vendor products and services, really ignited a passion within them to learn more and to be even more engaged,” said Crane. “They want to make a difference.”

When asked about their most valued or impactful moment at MAXX, the YP Leads said networking stood out.

“Through MAXX and the YP lead program, I connected with people from as close as Eugene to as far as Fairbanks, (Alaska)” said Wylie. “This not only serves my career well on an individual level, but it allows me to better serve my credit union and in turn my members.”

When they were not volunteering at MAXX, attending sessions or browsing the Strategic Link Trade Show, the YP Leads overwhelmingly chose the opportunity to interact with their peers.

“Experiencing MAXX with my fellow YP Leads was my favorite part,” said Member Representative Kristen Benjamin of Idaho’s Desert Sage Credit Union. “MAXX was an experience of a lifetime that was truly made special by all the amazing YP Leads that I connected with through the week.”

For more information on the Northwest Young Professional Network, contact Carmen Vigil.

Editor’s Note: Young credit union professionals throughout the Northwest are encouraged to apply to Crash the GAC 2019. It’s a chance to take a deep dive into the world of credit union advocacy by attending Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference, scheduled in March. Organizers are seeking at least one Crasher from each state. Applications are now being accepted here through Nov. 30.


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