Nine Credit Unions Awarded for ‘Cooperation in Action’ at MAXX 2019

MAXX conference awards nine credit unions for collaborating on last year’s first-ever Portland Metro Career Fair.

11/7/2019

How many credit unions does it take to make a difference? Any credit union employee worth their salt will tell you “just one,” but some go further and challenge you with a different question. “How profoundly could we change the quality of life in our communities if we credit unions worked together?”

Nine credit unions took that challenge to heart last year, teaming to create the first Cooperative Credit Union Career Fair for people seeking employment in financial services. That fair has earned them the Cooperation in Action Summit Award from the NWCUA, which honors individual credit union professionals and specific group efforts for their impact.

“When we first had the idea to put on this cooperative career fair – the first ever – the other credit unions got on board right away to help,” said Gayle Evans, Unitus Chief Human Resources Officer. “With the help of our marketing team and grassroots social media efforts by all participating credit unions, we reached over 3,000 people. It was a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the credit union movement, how we cooperate together as credit unions, and what kind of opportunities are out there for people interested in a career in financial services.”

Gayle joined other representatives, one from each of the credit unions involved in the fair, to accept the award on stage at the MAXX Dinner & Awards Gala Oct. 17.

“With the war for talent we have in the Portland Metro area, some ask ‘Why would you share a candidate pool with other nearby employers who want the same talent?’” continued Evans. “The reason is that we want good people in the Credit Union Movement and we know that one employer might not have the best opportunity for a specific employee while another credit union might. Recruiting talented people into the credit union movement helps with community building, career development, and growth as well.”

For more information about the Career Fair that won the award, see the writeup on our blog.