Three Northwest Credit Union Champions Are Ready to Crash the 2022 CUNA GAC
February 15, 2022
It’s almost time to crash the biggest national credit union event of the year — the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.
Three Northwest credit union champions are heading to Washington, D.C. later this month to “Crash the GAC,” an exclusive and competitive opportunity awarded to only 51 professionals across the nation this year.
Organized by the Cooperative Trust from Filene Research Institute, Crash the GAC is a career-changing program for young professionals that provides free registration and numerous networking opportunities at the credit union industry’s largest advocacy conference taking place Feb. 27 – March 3.
The Northwest Crashers are Amanious Haile, Business Analyst at BECU; Ari Farrell, Industrial Hemp Program Analyst, Northwest Community Credit Union; and Katie Caldwell, Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner, Salal Credit Union.
Great things await this year’s Crashers in Washington, where they’ll connect with credit union peers from all corners of the U.S. and hear from industry thought leaders, including Filene CEO Mark Meyer, National Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Gigi Hyland, CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle, authors Andy Janning and Antonio Neves, and more.
“I’m most excited to make deeper connections within the industry and with the Credit Union Movement itself. In the Crasher group this year there are so many accomplished professionals who I am so excited to meet,” said Caldwell. “I can’t wait to hear their stories about how the movement has changed their lives.
Caldwell shared she’s also looking forward to being more involved in advocacy opportunities.
“There’s so much that one voice can do for a community and when we band together at an event like the GAC, a real impact can be seen. I feel honored to bring the voice of Washington credit unions to D.C. to help represent the issues that are most important to us. Allowing young professionals to have a hand in those changes ensures that we have a strong future as a Movement!”
Though she’d heard of the opportunity, Crashing the GAC is something Caldwell never really considered doing — that is until she was inspired by her fellow YP Leads and mentors last fall.
“Because of my work with them, I knew I needed to apply,” she said. “They’re some of my greatest role models!”
Farrell is most excited to continue advocating for the Credit Union Movement by “expressing the importance of the work credit unions are doing with representatives from our federal government.” Farrell hopes this opportunity to learn more about the industry will help further develop their leadership and advocacy skills.
“I look forward to using my voice and experience to uplift the Credit Union Movement while being a disruptor and advocate for change.”