Micro-communities are groups of credit union employees, advocates, and champions that are working together to build a brighter future for credit unions. They are Credit Union Chapters, Young Professional Networking Groups, Sister Societies of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, Credit Union Development Educator Networks, and more. Micro-communities embody the spirit of collaboration and collective action and are a vital component of the Credit Union Movement.

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Micro-Communities Connect Events

Are you a chapter leader, young professional, Emerging Leader alumni, CUDE, or want to make a personal difference by being more engaged with these credit union communities? Then this event series is for you! Both half-day events, in June and September, will include deep dives and thought-provoking discussion around Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Credit Union Philosophy, with each session designed to help you discover and refine your role in actively furthering the Credit Union Movement. 

In the spirit of raising our level of collaboration here in the Northwest, please note that these expanded events will take the place of the traditional Chapter Leadership Workshop and are designed to not only help credit union micro-communities further connect, but to also have a greater potential impact on each other, credit unions, our members and our local communities. 

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Chapters by Region

The NWCUA’s individual Chapters each represent credit unions located within designated geographic boundaries. The Association’s Chapter program promotes unity among credit unions in a local area through communication, networking, training, and participation in community, state, and national projects that support the cooperative spirit of the Credit Union Movement. Chapter meetings offer programs that fall under the Association’s four pillars: leadership, education, advocacy, and philosophy in action.

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Global Women’s Leadership Network

The Global Women’s Leadership Network is the credit union industry’s only international platform designed to facilitate greater gender equality in credit unions, including increasing the number of women in leadership positions. To advance this mission on a local level, Sister Societies of the GWLN have been established around the world. Last fall marked the launch of the first group of Sister Societies in our region: The Northwest Chapter of Sister Societies.

The Northwest Chapter is now part of a network of 44 Chapters across 16 countries, founded to encourage, prepare, promote, and develop women for credit union executive leadership roles.
The Sister Societies of the Northwest Chapter include:

  • Eastern Washington Sister Society
  • Western Washington Sister Society
  • Portland/Vancouver Sister Society
  • Willamette Valley Sister Society (Mid to Southern Oregon)
  • Treasure Valley Sister Society (Western Idaho)
  • Eastern Idaho Sister Society

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Juntos Avanzamos

The Juntos Avanzamos–Together We Advance–designation recognizes credit unions that have demonstrate a strong commitment to serving and empowering Hispanic and immigrant consumers. Find out how participating Northwest credit unions are serving Hispanic and immigrant members in their communities, and learn more about the designation.

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Young Professionals

The Credit Union Movement’s continued success will depend on the next generation of leaders. Preparing those individuals with the tools they need to meet the needs of credit union members is essential to ensuring that the “people-helping-people” philosophy continues into the future. Working in collaboration with grassroots efforts across our three states, your Northwest Credit Union Association is excited to launch the Northwest Young Professionals Network at the 2017 MAXX Convention. This network will serve as an additional resource and a unifying umbrella over existing YP groups across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho—seeking to connect and influence the future leaders of the credit union movement.

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