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During February’s “Crash the GAC,” 23 young credit union professionals got to peek behind the curtain and rub shoulders with system leaders like CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica, World Council of Credit Unions President/CEO Pete Crear, and National Credit Union Administration Board Member Gigi Hyland.
They’re planning a repeat performance in Las Vegas during The 1 Credit Union Conference, July 11-14.
Today’s credit union leaders have built a worldwide system with decades of hard work. But the clock keeps ticking, and it falls to a new group to make sure that system thrives in the decades to come.
More than just an alternative ticket to a big event, Crash” is a look at the worldwide credit union system by an upcoming generation of leaders.
“Opportunities to participate in events like The 1 Credit Union Conference are typically limited to top-level credit union staff, which leaves young credit union professionals under the age of 30 out of the mix,” says Brent Dixon, young adult advisor at the Filene Research Institute. “This is a shame, and we can do something about it.”
“Crash” gives credit union professionals under the age of 30 the opportunity to participate in the event by:
- Landing at networking events along the Vegas strip;
- Building relationships with other under-30 credit union professionals; and
- Attending daily conversation sessions with credit union leaders from around the world.
Dixon came up with the idea for “Crash” when, while attending CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference without having a hotel room.
“I didn’t know where I’d stay night after night,” he explains. “The gods looked down on me and I was able to crash, literally, on peoples’ couches every night. I realized you don’t have to pay $400 a night for a hotel room to have interesting conversations with interesting people.”