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Cornerstone Crashers Enjoy Their First Leadership Conference
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 6:55 AM

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In conjunction with the Cooperative Trust, the Cornerstone Credit Union League held its first ever Crashers event during the Leadership Conference in San Antonio on Sept. 7–10.

The Crashers had a jam-packed schedule of exciting opportunities to meet one-on-one with industry greats such as Dick Ensweiler, president/CEO of Cornerstone; Rod Staatz, CUNA board chairman, president/CEO SECU; Karen Hart, EVP of Cornerstone; Courtney Moran, executive directive of Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation; Kenny Harrington, Cornerstone board chairman, president/CEO of MemberSource Credit Union; Andy Reed, president/CEO of Texas People Federal Credit Union; and Neen James of Neen James Communications.

The Crash event creates a unique way for young professionals to experience a conference that they normally wouldn’t have been able to attend. Crashers attend conference sessions as well as exclusive Crasher-only events where they learn about the Credit Union Movement. Many of these sessions feature speakers like the ones above where the Crashers are spoken to as equals in the movement. 

April Houston, payments and operations supervisor with Amplify Credit Union, had this to say about her Crash experience: “I don’t have something in my notes that says ‘I learned this about leadership and I’m going to implement it.’ It was more than that; I walked away with a sense of personal direction.

"For the past ten years while working in the industry, I’ve known there is a Credit Union Movement and that other credit unions aren’t our competition, that we should be collaborating with each other; but I never felt it until attending Crash. It was then that it hit me; I took away something bigger than any PowerPoint session at a conference could have taught me.

"I may not have succeeded on all our five goals we agreed to on day one, but being able to find direction for yourself in an industry that you’ve invested so many years in, no one can take that away from you. I love my credit union, but working just for them is not good enough; working for our movement—now that’s impactful.”

The Crashers were led by James Marshall from the Cooperative Trust and Kati Buchanan with Cornerstone. Credit Union National Association and CUNA Mutual Group helped sponsor this event, and the Cornerstone Foundation generously provided scholarships for participants.

To participate in the next Crash event, be on the lookout for future opportunities in the Leaguer and on the Cornerstone and Credit Union Young Professional web sites and social media.