Early-Bird Pricing for Leveraging the Credit Union Difference Workshop Ends Tomorrow


Participants during the 2018 Leveraging the Credit Union Difference event connected at “tornado stations,” where they documented ideas and learnings from the program.

Credit union professionals from all disciplines are invited to participate in the third-annual Leveraging the Credit Union Difference Workshop this November. The three-day event will immerse participants in the credit union world while surrounded by nature at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, Washington. 

To be held from Nov. 21 to 23, Leveraging the Credit Union Difference is set in a wooded “summer camp” environment, and includes a series of hands-on activities designed to help participants discover and define for themselves the unique role that credit unions play in serving communities.  

Early bird pricing expires on July 31 for this opportunity to take a deep dive into the credit union difference. The program is organized through the collaborative effort of Northwest Development Educators, with support from BECU, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation, and your Association.  

The sessions are designed for credit union staff from all corners of the movement, with past attendees ranging from front-line staff to CEOs. Those who are newer to the industry or seeking new inspiration are especially wellsuited for the program 

Debbie Wege, Cooperative Community Advocate at BECU and Chad Helminak, Director of Cooperative Values with the National Credit Union Foundation will co-host with special guest Troy StangNorthwest Credit Union Association President and CEO.  

Leveraging CU difference Inside Photo

The program will take place at IslandWood, a picturesque retreat center located on Bainbridge Island, just across the Puget Sound from Seattle.

“The Leveraging the Credit Union Difference Workshop is an amazing opportunity to step back from the day-to-day and really explore what our ‘People Helping People’ philosophy is all about,” said Carmen Vigil, NWCUA Director of Cooperative Momentum. “Through the sessions, participants dig into what’s possible with the credit union model. It’s the type of program that’s guaranteed to inspire and leave participants feeling energized when they return to work.”  

During the sessions, participants are organized into small table groups led by Credit Union Development Educators from across the region. Discussions and activities are centered around understanding the history and role of credit unions, as well as trends shaping our industry moving forward.  

Kirk Smith, Credit Union Development Educator and Marketing Director at Peninsula Credit Union, volunteered as an event coordinator during the 2018 program.  

“When participants of this conference come back to their daytoday jobs, they come back with a better understanding of the Credit Union Difference and the mission this movement is trying to accomplish.” 

For more information and to register for this year’s program, visit the program online. Contact Carmen Vigil with questions. 

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