If you missed this year’s Young Professional Track at the Mountain West Credit Union Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention, then you missed something special!
As the sun rose over the desert, Young Professional’s (YP’s) gathered at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort to begin 4 days of learning, networking and inspiration. The YP workshop began with participants breaking into the groups they would be working with throughout the day. I gave an update on all the activities of the Mountain West Young Credit Union Professionals (MWYCUP) and then our facilitator, Dr. Brandi Stankovic took over to lead the workshop.
The workshop taught the participants the elements of strategic planning by putting them in the driver’s seat. They were asked to act as though they were the executives of credit unions and were given mock scenarios of credit unions. Dr. Stankovic led the participants through a facilitated strategic planning session, just as if the participants were the leadership team for the mock credit unions.
This isn’t the first time MWYCUP has worked with participants to learn about strategic planning, but is the first year we had a special guest, Paul Norgrove, President/CEO of Police Credit Union in the United Kingdom. As an YP himself, a Credit Union CEO and board member for the Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL), Paul brought a new and varied perspective to the sessions.
Paul talked of the similarities and differences between credit unions in the US vs. the UK and similarities and differences in the typical member in the US vs. the UK. It became clear that while there are stark differences in how credit union’s in the UK can serve their members, the cooperative spirit unites all credit unions across the globe.
As the day went on, participants worked in their groups to formulate strategies and tactics around 3 core objectives, Technology, Risk Management and Growth, and Leadership and Governance. The groups then came back to present their strategies and tactics and take questions from the rest of the participants.
We capped the day off with a networking reception with members from the Association, Foundation and Strategic Partners Boards of Directors as well as Association staff members.
The rest of the week was a blur, from volunteering for the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Golf Tournament, to opening keynote and reception. Then next day filled with keynotes and breakout sessions. The highlight of which, was the morning Advocacy 365 session where participants heard from CUNA CEO, Jim Nussle.
The convention concluded Friday morning by first hearing from Sue Mitchell at the Global Women’s Leadership Network breakfast about Doing the Right Thing is Good Business and how diverse and inclusive teams are more productive and profitable.
It was fast-paced few days with a lot of learning and networking. Paul Norgrove shared of the experience,
“It was a real inspiration to see the great work happening to empower and develop YP’s in the region. Culturally, I was blown away by the association’s and foundation’s commitment to supporting YP’s”
I couldn’t agree more, Paul. None of the work the MWYCUP Committee does would be possible without the support from the leadership of the Association and Foundation and their Boards of Directors.
About Tyler Valentine
Tyler Valentine is the President/CEO of Laramie Plains Federal Credit Union. He serves as the Mountain West Young Credit Union Professionals Committee Chair, serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation and is a Steering Committee Member for the World Young Credit Union Professionals Committee. Check out his blog www.tylervalentine.com.