Final Council Meetings of 2019 Offer Important Learning and Networking Opportunities


Marketing professionals from credit unions across the Northwest gather for a photo during a Northwest Credit Union Association Marketing, Business Development, and Community Outreach Council meeting.

With 2019 quickly coming to a close, the Northwest Credit Union Association will wrap up the year with five informative council meetings this fall and winter, providing credit union professionals with many learning and networking opportunities!

Councils are a great way to hear directly from industry experts, learn best practices, hear important updates on the latest industry trends, and network with one another. They also provide actionable steps for implementation as professionals go back to their credit unions.

“Continuous learning is vital as we evolve in our chosen profession and, at Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA), we are excited to be offering a wide variety of council meetings this fall and winter,” said Carmen Vigil, Director of Cooperative Momentum at NWCUA. “Credit union professionals leave these meetings with the knowledge and tools they need to be more effective in their roles, which ultimately strengthens their organizations.”

Here’s what’s coming up in November and December:

Marketing, Business Development, & Community Outreach Council ― Nov. 6

  • Workshop: How to Remain Human in the Digital Age ― Thea Albright, Brand Manager, and Bridget Fieldstad, Content Strategist, both with Drawn Agency, present a workshop designed to help credit unions create authentic experiences for their members, as well as bring new members into the credit union family.
  • Interactive Lunch: “Unfocus Group,” featuring Drawn speakers and attendees. Credit union professionals will get a chance to build muscles talking to real people who are potential members.

Commercial Services Council ― Nov. 14

  • Join Hipereon, financial training experts from Redmond, Washington, for a session on capturing small business loan opportunities. During the session, credit unions will discuss ways they can define and share their unique value proposition to current and potential small business members.

Compliance Council ― Nov. 19

  • The November council will include a review of new final and proposed rules including National Credit Union Association’s (NCUA) final rules on supervisory committee audits and verifications, federal credit union bylaws, and payday alternative loans II. In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) overtime threshold for executive, administrative, and professional employees will be discussed. This session will also feature legal updates from our sponsors at Farleigh Wada Witt.

Risk Management Council ― Dec. 10

  • This final session of 2019 will focus on risk from different angles within the discipline. Hal Scoggins, Shareholder at Farleigh Wada Witt will present an overview of compliance risks as they fit into credit unions’ overall Enterprise Risk Management strategies. Tim Ryan, Managing Director of Sheltered Harbor, a not-for-profit subsidiary of Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), will present on managing cybersecurity and information technology threats.

HR and Trainers ― Dec. 11

  • The December council meeting will feature:
  • Joyce Riley, Organization Effectiveness Manager at OnPoint Community Credit Union who will present on Talent Development Strategy – Going Beyond the Basics;
  • Kelly Tilden, Shareholder and Employment Group Chair at Farleigh Wada Witt will discuss Navigating Pay Equity; and
  • Jordan Beyer, NWCUA Grassroots Advocacy Manager, will answer the “what” and “why” of credit union advocacy as it relates to staff engagement.
Get more with a 2020 Membership

Another great year of council meetings will be on tap for 2020 and joining an NWCUA Council is easy. With a Credit Union Membership, your credit union may send an unlimited number of staff members to attend all Council meetings within that discipline. More information about 2020 membership options will be available soon. Find out about membership pricing online.

About Council Meetings

Councils are hosted at NWCUA offices in Boise, Tigard, and SeaTac, and may also be attended online from the comfort of your office or desk. Lunch is provided to those who attend at an NWCUA office location. All council meetings run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (PST), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (MST).

Questions about the NWCUA’s Councils? Contact Carmen Vigil, NWCUA’s Director, Cooperative Momentum.

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