The Crew: MnCUN's young professionals networking group
Wanted: all professionals 35 and younger looking to advance their credit union career
If this describes you, then you are invited to join The Crew. This group is made up of young credit union professionals who are looking for the opportunity to grow in their career. The Crew is open to young professionals of all levels, including those new to the credit union movement or those seeking to establish deeper industry ties.
Crew events are typically held in conjunction with MnCUN's major credit union conferences, and occasional stand-alone Crew events are scheduled throughout the year. Members receive discounts on event admission cost and have "special access” to speakers, legislators and other key credit union leaders, along with opportunities to participate in unique programs.
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The Network established this new leadership development position within The Crew for 2014. In January, a brand new Crew Network Ambassador will be named. Follow this link for additional information about the Crew Ambassador!
Application for the MnCUN Crew Ambassador 2015 open until Dec. 16!
The Crew on Social Media
Crew members are invited to join the conversation online at LinkedIn. Through the LinkedIn group "Minnesota Credit Unions - The Crew,” MnCUN provides Crew members a great venue for connecting with other young (and more veteran) credit union professionals. In addition to helping Crew members build up their credit union connections, the Minnesota Credit Union Careers group provides you a forum to ask each other questions and gather input on credit union issues.
To join the Network's LinkedIn group, click on the "Groups” tab at the top of your LinkedIn page. (If you don't have a LinkedIn profile, we encourage you to set one up. This is a great tool for connect with professionals from across the country.) On the groups page, search for "Minnesota Credit Unions - The Crew” and then click join. As a member of the group, you'll be able to post both your own questions and your responses to other people's questions/comments.
Crew members are encouraged to join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #MnCUcrew and to follow the Minnesota Credit Union Network, @mncreditunions. Twitter is a great way for Crew members to share their experiences at Network events and stay connected all year.
DAYTA Marketing CEO provides social media insight to Crew members
Luke Riordan, CEO of social media marketing company, DAYTA Marketing spoke at the November Crew roundtable about social media and the credit union industry. CEO Luke Riordan provided a history of DAYTA Marketing, along with insights into this communications medium.
DAYTA partnered with MnCUN in 2014. Launched in 2012, DAYTA now has 23 full-time employees and 120 social media clients in a variety of industries, bringing a high level of social media experience to the credit union industry
“Your members are seeking bite-sized information to consume,” Riordan said. “If leveraged properly, you can build brand, trust and top-of-mind awareness through social media.”
While Riordan cautioned that social media presence takes time to build – and it requires consistency and diligence – he said that followers appreciate the education and information that credit unions can provide.
In its work with credit unions, DAYTA learns the intricacies of each institution and then shares (posts, Pins, Tweets, blogs, etc.) valuable content with your social media audience in an appropriate manner. Most importantly, DAYTA will do the work for you, building your audience and dramatically improving your search engine optimization (SEO) through social media strategy.
The second portion of the event was focused on deepening involvement and engagement in the credit union industry. Crew members gained a stronger understanding about the Minnesota Credit Union Network, what it does and how to make the most of the Network’s offerings.
The Crew Crash the 2014 Fall Leadership Conference
Sept. 5-7, members of the Crew crashed the Fall Leadership Conference, this event, held at Madden's Resort in Brainerd, featured industry experts providing insight and relevant information on top credit union issues. Session topics included:
how to link strategy, interest rate risk and financial performance,
innovations in lending
an economic outlook
the future of payments
developing tomorrow's credit union leaders
MnCUN is offered Crew members an exclusive discount to Fall Leadership Conference package to Crew members, which includes off-site lodging in Brainerd, meals, recreation, and the ability to participate fully in the conference – at a fraction of the cost. As part of the discount package, the Network is waiving the conference registration fee for a limited number of Crashers.
This annual conference offers the unique opportunity to network with upper management, increase understanding of vendors and industry partners, participate in education sessions, and grow their dedication to the credit union movement.
The Crew at Annual Meeting
Credit union professionals age 35 and younger were invited to be part of Crew events during the 2014 MnCUN Annual Meeting & Convention. The Crew is a networking group for young credit union professionals who have a desire to grow in their careers.
The Crew enjoyed an exclusive opportunity to have lunch with National Credit Union Association (NCUA) Chairman Debbie Matz as well as Minnesota's NCUA Supervisory Examiner Justin Burleson. As NCUA Chairman, Mrs. Matz heads the independent agency overseeing the regulation and supervision of federal credit unions and the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF), which protects accounts at over
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Crew members with
MnCUN President & CEO
Crew members and attendees at the
2014 Annual Meeting & Convention
6,500 federally insured credit unions serving
more than 96 million members and managing more than $1.1 trillion in assets.
During their lunch, Chairman Matz provided the young professionals group with an overview of her career path, noting that she started her career path working in a credit union. As for her current role as Chairman, Matz views herself as protecting the credit union industry and helping them grown.
“When I speak with legislators I tell them that
their constituents have the right to choose their financial institutions,” said Matz. “Maintaining credit union’s tax status allows them to stay alive and keeps the financial industry competitive.”
With questions about the Crew, contact MnCUN's Crew Liaison Laura Whittet by email or at (651) 288-5503.