YCUP collaborates with Micro-Communities for Virtual Networking Event

The Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington (YCUP) hosted its first virtual networking event of the year in collaboration with local Micro-Communities on March 3. The organizations included the Cascadia Chapter of Credit Unions, the Willamette Chapter of Credit Unions, and the Portland/Vancouver Sister Society for the Global Women’s Leadership Network. Over 50 employees, advocates, and vendors in the credit union movement were in attendance.

During the two-hour event, Micro-Community leaders introduced their groups and the different ways people could get involved. YCUP board members also held a presentation on how to network in the current digital environment. Afterward, attendees mingled in a virtual breakout room as well as a game room where credit union knowledge was tested in a fun trivia game.

“Cooperation among cooperatives is one of my favorite cooperative principles,” said Michael Murdoch, President of YCUP and Marketing Manager at Wauna Credit Union. “There’s nothing quite as magical as when credit union professionals from throughout the PNW come together and make memories as we advance this wonderful movement.”

Sarah Buck, President of the Cascadia Chapter of Credit Unions and Member Experience Manager at Cutting Edge Credit Union, also spoke about the cooperative nature of the event. “Partnering with our fellow micro-communities to bring together local passionate credit union folks is a testament to the beauty of the collaborative spirit of this industry. Together we can always achieve more and make more of an impact, and that starts by fostering connections with one another.”

Toni Matthews, Co-Chair of the Portland/Vancouver Sister Society and VP of Operations with Trailhead Credit Union, led the Global Women’s Leadership Network presentation during the event.

“YCUP continues to create space and opportunities for credit union collaboration, and this networking event perfectly demonstrated the consistent teamwork-initiatives that exists between our respective networks, credit unions, and organizations. The Portland/Vancouver Sister Society is looking forward to connecting and working on similar events together in the future!”

Laura Henry, President of the Willamette Chapter of Credit Unions and Business Process Manager for Oregon Community Credit Union, echoed Matthews’ sentiments.

“Collaborating with other micro-communities has been something our Chapter has wanted to do for a while, so we were thrilled to partner with three other groups to deliver this fun and informative event! With us all in the virtual space right now, I think it has provided many opportunities for us to team up in a way that didn’t seem possible before,” Henry said. “We can reach a wider audience and provide so many different ways to educate and help propel the Credit Union Movement forward. I cannot wait to explore other ways for micro-communities to collaborate in the future.”

YCUP will continue to foster an inclusive, collaborative environment for credit union professionals to gather and network. Anyone interested in attending future events, please join the email list at ycupportland.com. Questions? Please email info.ycup@gmail.com.

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