Young Credit Union Professionals Have an Opportunity to Make a Difference in their Community at Upcoming Event


Andrew Crosby (second from right), IN:YCUP Board Member and Global Credit Union Branch Manager, and Elizabeth Clapper (far right), IN:YCUP Board Member and Global Credit Union Branch Support Specialist, introduce CEOs from Spokane and North Idaho credit unions who offered professional advice to 40 young professionals at the CEO Roundtable event.

The Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and Southwest Washington (YCUP) will have an opportunity to give back to their community later this month during a volunteer event at the Oregon Food Bank.

In the spirit of putting people before profits, the group will repack food donations at the Oregon Food Bank, located at 1870 NW 173 Ave. in Beaverton, Oregon, on April 24 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“We recognize that networking happy hours aren’t for everyone, and volunteering can be an amazing way to build leadership skills and a greater network of compassionate professional associates,” said YCUP Vice President of Communications, Hayley Andrews. “The Oregon Food Bank is a really fun and active environment, so it was an easy and unanimous ‘yea’ from the Board to organize this volunteer day.”

The YCUP Board makes it a priority to identify ways in which it can give back to the community.

“We work with over 40,000 volunteers a year at Oregon Food Bank who also believe hunger has no place in our communities,” said Laura Recko, Public Relations Associate, Oregon Food Bank. “It’s the dedication and skills of all of these people who are helping us end hunger in Oregon and SW Washington. We’re excited Young Credit Union Professionals is sending a crew to volunteer…because when we come together, our community is powerful beyond measure. Thank you!”

For more information on the Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and Southwest Washington or to RSVP, click here.

CEO Roundtable Offers Guidance

Six credit union CEOs from Spokane and North Idaho found themselves in the hot seat when a group of about 40 participants from the Inland Northwest Young Credit Union Professionals group gathered for a CEO Roundtable event.

People sitting at tables in conference room

Credit union CEO Roundtable participants were broken up into small groups and spent 20 minutes with each CEO to ask questions and get recommendations on their careers.

The young professionals were broken up into small groups and had 20 minutes with each CEO to get their thoughts and recommendations on leadership, education, work/life balance, career advancement, and more. The event was sponsored by Spokane Federal Credit Union and was the result of collaboration not only among local credit unions, but of multiple micro-communities crossing state lines.

“It was great to see such a blend of North Idaho and Spokane young professionals at one event,” said Global Credit Union Executive Administrative Assistant, Linda Crane. “As IN:YCUP Board President, I am very encouraged by the collaboration with the Spokane Chapter, North Idaho Chapter, and Climb Idaho to reach out and support young professionals in our area.”

IN:YCUP plans to feature each of the topics the CEOs spoke about throughout the year on social media to keep the conversation going. 

For more information on IN:YCUP, please visit its website, find it on Facebook, or send an email.

Discussion Explores Development Opportunities

Over 20 young credit union professionals came together at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s SeaTac office for a discussion on development opportunities within the Credit Union Movement during YCUP Greater Seattle Area’s recent annual meeting in March. A panel of professionals shared experiences participating in Western CUNA Management School, the Northwest Credit Union Association YP Leads program, Crash the GAC, Credit Union Development Education, and the Emerging Leaders program.

Conversations centered around choosing the right career path, gaining buy-in from your credit union, and finding the right programs to change your career path. Harborstone Credit Union Vice President of Consumer Lending, Eric Zittel, encouraged participants to advocate for themselves and not underestimate the power of the professional networks gained by participating in credit union education.

For more information about YCUP Seattle or to be added to its mailing list, reach out to YCUP Greater Seattle Area President, Sarah VanZuyt.

For information on how to become involved with Young Credit Unions Professionals, contact Carmen Vigil.


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