Micro-Community Leaders Gather at Second Connect Event of 2019
Leaders of Credit Union Chapters and Young Professional Groups came together for a morning of collaboration, idea generation, and discussion.
Earlier this year, the Northwest Credit Union Association introduced a new networking opportunity – Micro-Communities Connect – to bring together credit union professionals who are active in grassroots collaboration.
The two, half-day learning sessions, held on June 6 and Sept. 24, both saw high turnout and provided Micro-Community leaders with the chance to share ideas and brainstorm future opportunities for programming under the LEAP pillars of Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Philosophy-In-Action.
During the Sept. 24 gathering, groups from across the Northwest came together at NWCUA offices or via Zoom video call-in. Mike Reuter, Executive Director for the Worldwide Foundation of Credit Unions, joined the group to share information about the World Council of Credit Unions and how credit unions can engage and support. Reuter shared information about how the World Council supports nearly 90,000 credit unions across 117 countries around the globe.
Monica Davy, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion with NCUA, also joined the group, sharing valuable insights into how Micro-Community leaders can serve as change agents for diversity and inclusion within our Movement. Davy spoke to the ways that fostering diversity and inclusion strengthens organizations and inspired attendees to think about their individual roles in championing these initiatives.
Advocacy was also a focus on Sept. 24, with Jordan Beyer, NWCUA Grassroots Advocacy Manager, sharing key information about 2020 credit union legislative priorities and opportunities to engage. Beyer emphasized that Micro-Communities represent important grassroots channels for our advocacy work that takes place all throughout the year.
“These events present important opportunities for micro-community leaders to share ideas, take a deep dive into industry trends and priorities, and collaborate on future programming,” said Carmen Vigil, NWCUA Director of Cooperative Momentum. “We are so appreciative of the work that these groups are leading and their collective commitment to advancing our Movement.”
Micro-Communities are groups of credit union employees, advocates, and champions that work together to build a brighter future for credit unions. They are Credit Union Chapters, Young Professional Networking Groups, Sister Societies of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, Credit Union Development Educator Networks, and more. Micro-Communities embody the spirit of collaboration and collective action and are a vital component of the Credit Union Movement.
The NWCUA recently recognized five Micro-Communities for their achievements in the four pillars – Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Philosophy-in-Action – with the LEAP Awards, to be celebrated at MAXX 2019 in Spokane on Oct. 17.