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Young CU Professionals: Advocate to Advance Your Career
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:55 AM

Young credit union professionals seeking to enrich their careers are encouraged to engage in political advocacy. Cornerstone Credit Union League Vice President of Advocacy Jim Phelps notes in the first edition of the CU Young Professionals e-newsletter that one way young credit union professionals can be more engaged is by asking to be part of their credit union's advocacy team.

“If your credit union doesn't have one, take the initiative to develop an advocacy team,” he tells YP e-newsletter readers. “Cornerstone is here to help you get your advocacy team started.”

Phelps also encourages young credit union professionals join the CU R.O.A.R. program, so they can be ready, organized, activated, and responsive when calls to action are needed on issues important to credit unions, like writing comment letters on legislative or regulatory proposals.

Another great way to move to the next level is through your credit union's chapter, Phelps advises.

“By participating in chapter activities and even serving on the boards, you'll develop leadership skills and learn board governance—high-value assets as you move up the ladder in your career,” he shares with YP e-newsletter readers. .

Credit union young professionals are also encouraged to submit content ideas for the new e-newsletter. Please email your suggestions to Paul Arambula, an YP advisor communication committee member, at

To learn more about Cornerstone’s young professionals’ initiative, please visit