Cornerstone League

Cornerstone Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

February - October 2023

The Cornerstone Leadership Academy is an exclusive 9-month program covering each department in the credit union and how they work together to enhance their members’ financial well-being. The program was designed as higher education by credit union professionals for credit union professionals with a clear focus on engaging and developing tomorrow’s leaders.

High-level objectives of the Leadership Academy are to promote the credit union industry, invest new leaders in the movement, and provide an avenue for mentoring and understanding leadership philosophy.

In addition to leadership, students receive education in the following areas:

  • History and culture 
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Government relations 
  • Resources 
  • Foundation

  • Intro to compliance 
  • Deeper look at compliance 
  • Branch operations 
  • Lending 
  • Project management 

  • Information technology 
  • Human resources 
  • Marketing 
  • Accounting  
  • Finance 

Successful completion of the program requires attendance to all modules, homework assignments, and participation in a team capstone project. Teams are carefully composed to ensure different viewpoints and diverse thought.

“The Cornerstone Leadership Academy was an eye-opener to all things credit union and is a great buffer for the Southwest CUNA Management School. Not only did the class cover the industry, but it really delved into what leadership truly is, which proved to be invaluable and what I got most out of the Academy. The small class size allowed for a more personal experience, and I will carry what I learned with me not only at work but in life as well.”

~ Kimberli Felts, Branch Manager at MTCU


  • Students will receive nine educational modules, nine discussion sessions, and two bonus educational sessions.
  • Students will read, analyze, and discuss two cutting-edge leadership books and receive all materials for classes.
  • Students experience nine open-forum lunch-and-learns with a CEO, which allows students to learn from the experiences, challenges, and mindset of seasoned leaders.
  • Graduates will receive a diploma.

Added Benefits

  • Leadership Academy students receive a cuLEAD360 subscription for self-directed learning about a wide variety of hot leadership topics.
  • Leadership Academy students can enter the Cornerstone Mentorship Program.
  • Graduates of Leadership Academy are granted permission to join the alumni group.
  • Leadership Academy provides a stepping stone to Southwest CUNA Management School.

General Schedule

(subject to change)

Class Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT

9:00 - 11:30 a.m.Morning Session
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.CEO Session
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.Afternoon Session

Education Investment

Affiliated Member
Class A

Associate Member
Class B



Affiliated Members or Class A are credit unions whose primary office is located within Cornerstone’s 3-state region.  

Associate Members or Class B are credit unions with their principal office outside the League Area but have a branch located inside the League Area. Group Rate does not apply to Class B.  

Non-members are credit unions who are not part of a League or Association. 

Conference Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing. Please provide a brief explanation for the cancellation and submit via email to Cancellations received more than 30 days prior to the event are subject to a 25% administrative fee on the order total. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the event. Substitutions are accepted prior to the start of the program. Additional costs may apply. Please provide the event name, current participant name, and new participant name to

Cornerstone League reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the event due to unforeseen circumstances. If the conference is rescheduled to another date or modified (virtual or hybrid), your registration will automatically transfer. If the event is rescheduled or the location is changed and you are unable to attend, your fees will be refunded. 

Grant Assistance

The Cornerstone Foundation is accepting grant applications for League training events based on financial need. Applications must be received by application deadlines. Please visit the Foundation’s website to view all grant applications, guidelines, and deadlines. Contact Emily Moreno, Foundation grants manager, at 469-385-6483 for more information.