YP Leads More Inspired than Ever to Advance CU Movement

The future of the Credit Union Movement is looking exceptionally bright these days, due, in part, to the community of young professionals committed to spreading the “People Helping People” mission far and wide.

In August, 10 extraordinary individuals from across the Northwest were selected as NWCUA’s 2021 YP Leads — a cohort of credit union champions that serve as ambassadors for the Movement. One key part of the YP Leads program is attending NWCUA’s annual MAXX Convention, offering numerous opportunities to network with peers, attend informative sessions, and learn ways to propel the Movement forward.

For many, becoming a YP Lead is an invaluable experience that fosters connectivity, innovation, and impactful action. Check out the video below to hear two of this year’s YP Leads, Nelea Lem and Malyssa Saunders, share their biggest takeaways from this year’s convention.

Katie Caldwell, Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner at Salal Credit Union, who joined the cohort this year, recently detailed her YP Leads journey in an inspiring post on LinkedIn, sharing the impact that opportunity had on her.

Katie Caldwell

Katie Caldwell,
Talent Acquisition Partner, Salal CU

“Getting the experience to work with these talented folks isn’t something I could keep to myself. Having these kinds of opportunities really lit up a passion in me to encourage others,” she wrote. “There is more out there though that can teach you even more about your role, your future, and your strengths. Believe me, it’s worth it. I encourage anyone to seek out these opportunities within your organization or industry. As our Mentors reminded us at MAXX, we will be the leaders of our industry someday. It could be sooner than we think.”

Nate Bill

Nathan Bill,
Mortgage Business Development Officer, NWCU

Nathan Bill, who serves as Business Development Officer at Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU), said becoming a YP Lead was “the best thing to ever happen to my career.”

Bill admits he used to view working at a credit union as just another job. But following MAXX 2021, his perspective on the Movement quickly changed. “It’s my passion now, and that is something I will always remember and keep spreading. When I got back from the conference I wrote a pretty lengthy letter to our Executive Leadership team just thanking them for the support and all that I took away from the week.”

That passion is leading him to the 2022 CUNA GAC in Washington, D.C., early next year, and he recently applied for a position on a Micro-Community’s board of directors. In late November, Bill was presented with NWCU’s 2021 Presidents Award.

As the Movement gears up for another successful advocacy season, Northwest young professionals are ready to shout the Credit Union Difference from the rooftops. “Get out there. Make an impact. Find connections. Use your voice,” urges Caldwell. “I promise it’s worth it.”

To learn more about the YP Lead program, please contact Mark Gonzalez, Sr. Manager of Member Engagement.

Posted in MAXX Annual Convention, Professional Development.