YP Think Tank

Think Tank

April 26-27, 2024

An annual conference designed especially for young professionals by young professionals.

Event registration is FREE!

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Thank you to our sponsor!
Corporate America Credit Union


Agenda (PDF)    Know Before You Go

Friday, April 26th
Time Event
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Registration/Check-in/Box Lunches Provided
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Travel to Alabama CU - Tuscaloosa
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Welcome
(LSCU Introduction/Housekeeping items/Alabama CU Thank You) & Kick Off
Kelly Yager, BSACS, Memer Engagement Consultant. Nate with Corporate America will share a welcome message with our Credit Unions.
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Reflections on a Lifelong Credit Union Career
Steve Swofford, President/CEO, Alambama CU
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Snack/Networking Break/Campus Tour
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CU Advocacy for YPs
Michelle Roth, CAE, Senior Director of Governmental Affairs, League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates

Advocacy for Young Professionals (YPs) within credit unions (CUs) is critical for ensuring the sustainability and growth of the industry. Here are some key points that will be covered:

  • • How to stay informed about legislative and regulatory changes impacting the credit union industry.
  • • Keeping abreast of industry trends, challenges, and opportunities through participation in conferences, webinars, and networking events.
  • • It is important to note that YPs bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and technological expertise to the credit union movement.
  • • Advocacy helps protect the interests of credit unions and their members by influencing policies that impact the financial services industry.
  • • Active involvement in advocacy enhances professional development by providing opportunities to build leadership skills, expand networks, and contribute to the collective voice of the credit union movement.
4:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. Alabama CU Executives Panel
June Landram, Chief Operations Officer; Benson Bolling, Chief Lending Officer; Brandi McKinney, VP Compliance & HR; Kelley Porter, VP Member Experience
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Depart Alabama CU/Travel back to AmFirst and Hotel
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Break for Hotel Check In
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception/Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
Saturday, April 27th
Time Event
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Registration/Check-in/Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Welcome
Alisha Stair, CUCE, CCUF, CUDE, BSACS, CCUFC, VP Member Engagement, League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates & Alex Lawley, AmFirst Credit Union
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Steps to Effective Communication
Jessiee Bono, Strategic Marketing and Business Manager, Bono Communications & Marketing, LLC
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Exploring Why
Tobi Weingart, M.Ed, CUDE, DEEU, PAHR, Chief Program Officer, National Credit Union Foundation
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Mexican Feast
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Personal Branding/Identity Capital
Grant Abbott, VP of Lending and Administration, FSU Credit Union
12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Always Take Your Seat at the Table
Ryan Hesser, VP Third Party Risk Management & Assocciate Legal Counsel, VyStar Credit Union
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Peer Panel
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sweet Treat Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. SECUF-Bite of Reality
Bobbi Grady, CUDE, ODCM, Foundation Director, League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Unraveling Your Purpose: Exploring the Depths of Your Why
Sedric Brinson, CUDE, SCMS, Engagement Counsultant, America's Credit Unions
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up/Adjourn

*Hotel accommodations are the responsibility of each individual. A group rate of $249 per night has been secured at The Westin Birmingham for this event and reservations can be made by clicking here.

The hotel cut off date is April 11, 2024.


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