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Professional Development Opportunities Plentiful This Fall
Thursday, September 19, 2013 6:30 AM

Throughout the year, the Cornerstone Credit Union League offers an array of professional development opportunities, from conferences, to seminars and workshops, as well as online training. In October alone, the League is offering seven seminars and workshops, and another four in November.

Following is a brief summary of the upcoming seminars and workshops available through the League:

  • Fall Orientation, Oct. 2-3: This seminar will provide invaluable insight on the wide array of benefits as well as products and services that the League, Credit Union Resources, and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation have to offer. Orientation is open to credit union staff or volunteers on every level whether teller, CEO, board member, or chairman of the board.
  • Small CU Workshop, Oct. 9: Open to all staff, directors and volunteers serving credit unions $50 million in assets and below, this one-day program will offer HR and compliance updates, as well as explores hot topics. Small credit unions can send two people to the workshop at no charge, and pay just $50 for each additional attendee.
  • IRA Seminars, Oct. 10-11and Oct. 23-24: This is an excellent program for administrators new to IRAs, those needing to gain additional knowledge about IRAs, and for those who are looking for a thorough refresher course. Day one of the two-day program focuses on learning the basic elements of IRAs, while day two covers everything you need to know about IRAs, which includes all legislative updates.
  • Home Equity Lending Seminars, Oct. 15-16, Oct. 22-23, Oct. 29-30: This informative two-day program is designed to help credit unions improve their home equity programs, as well provide guidance on how the upcoming Dodd-Frank regulatory changes will affect your home equity program. Day one of the program will cover the basics, while day two focuses on more advanced issues related to home equity lending.
  • Compliance Review Seminar, Nov. 6: If you open and document accounts in Texas, this is the seminar for you. The one-day program offers an “A to Z” on all the Texas law, documentation requirements plus the federal Bank Secrecy requirements to open accounts. Texas has had many new procedures for business accounts and other type of accounts.  This seminar will also address those tough member questions such as "Does my will override a POD? What happens if the custodian dies on a UTMA? Do I have to sign that share certificate document?"
  • ALM Essentials and Implementation Workshop, Nov. 6-7: If you desire a better understanding of the asset/liability management (ALM) process, this is a must attend program. The ALM Essentials Workshop is designed for all credit union employees and board members who desire a better understanding of the asset/liability management process, while the ALM Implementation Workshop is designed for all credit union employees and board members who desire an overview of understanding and implementing an effective ALM process.
  • Lending Seminar, Nov. 7: Among other things, this information-packed seminar addresses foundational sales strategies that allow credit unions to build a sales environment, which sustains high levels of sales performance without giving away rate through marketing promotions. This seminar will also cover strategies for increasing productivity and efficiency in support areas of the organization with an emphasis on BPI (Business Process Improvement) through emerging technologies.
  • Bankruptcy & Collections Seminar, Nov. 13-14: Presented by well-known and highly respected attorneys Charles Williams and Mike Blalack of Blalack & Williams, seminar attendees will learn practical and proactive strategies to help them maximize recovery and minimize loss and risk.  The Bankruptcy seminar focuses on bankruptcy essentials for the new credit union bankruptcy officer, as well as current and emerging problems for credit unions in the bankruptcy courts. Automatic stay issues involving post-petition repossessions, payroll deductions, credit reporting, and other unintentional violations that are costing credit unions millions across the country will be covered in the Collections seminar.

Additional information is available in the “Education” section of the Cornerstone Credit Union League’s website. If you have any questions about the upcoming training programs, please contact Training & Events, at (469) 385-6630 or (800) 442-5762, ext. 6630.

Educational grants are available through the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation. To learn more, please visit