The North Carolina Credit Union League Annual Meeting just wrapped in Pinehurst, NC and it was a great experience. Patrick and I were able to help facilitate and speak during the young professional track. This was the second year having YP specific breakouts, and the first having a full track. Credit Unions across the state really jumped at this opportunity, knowing the crucial fact that CUs need to pass on knowledge to next generation leadership.
We learned a heck of a lot about credit unions, but also each other. Here’s my top ten list:
10. The League can throw an event. Special thanks to all league staff, especially Lauren DeAngelis. Great speakers, very smooth…just a really great job!
9. NC also has a ton of highly energetic young professionals. 16 were able to stay two nights at the conference. Last year, only one YP stayed the entire conference. (Go Candace Cardwell! (@icanCUsucceed)) That’s a heck of an increase! This is also a tribute to credit union senior management. Those YPs were able to come because their management can see their potential and were willing to put money on it. Congrats to NC credit unions!
8. YP’s were tweeting up a storm, over 200 #NCCUL2012 tweets! Check it out! (Don’t need twitter to see, click here)
7. As explained on the YP panel, senior management in credit unions want energetic, proactive young professionals. They know they can teach you the skills, you just have to be ready to take advantage of every opportunity that comes around. Be daring, YPs!
6. The panel addressing YPs also mentioned the importance of mentors. CUaware is very aware and we are working on a really cool way to connect folks more directly. However, until then our CUsocials have a great mix of experienced and new. Come on out!
5. John Lass, SVP of Strategy and Business Development at CUNA Mutual, spoke at the YP breakfast and laid out a challenge: the only true differientator that banks can never match is democratic member control. Take that one principle back and make it a little more fun at your credit union.
4. In response to the idea of drastically opening up annual meeting voting and board membership would lead to some bad decisions, John Lass simply replied: democracy is messy, but worth it. Nice!
3. YPs not only need to learn more about CUs from our more seasoned mentors, but we could even learn a thing or two about staying up late. I know I was schooled in this regard.
2. Ben Rogers (@tahoebenr) from Filene Research Institute proved once again that Filene employees are equal parts: genius, proactive, dry humor, and humble. Great job leading the YP track.
1. Credit Union people are just really good people. Caring, funny, do-it-yourself attitude and extremely humble. In a meeting chock full of North Carolina credit union legends, there was absolutely no pretence to them. I seriously doubt many other industries would be this open and honest with each other.
Can’t wait until next year!