Fall Leadership Conference

The Minnesota Credit Union Network's 2019 Fall Leadership Conference will be held Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, 2019, at Madden's Resort in Brainerd. Filled with educational sessions, entertainment and recreation opportunities, this event provides a weekend of learning, networking, and fun. Sessions throughout the weekend are designed for both credit union professionals and volunteers.


The following information is for credit union staff and volunteers; exhibitor information is available here.


Credit Union attendees Register Now - Deadline Friday, August 23.


Lodging & Meals

Lodging arrangements must be made directly with Madden's. 

Daily meals are also available for those who are not staying at Madden’s.

Contact Madden's on Gull Lake to reserve a room. Please note the deadline for reservations within MnCUN's room block is Friday, August 2. Rooms will be based on availability following.


With questions on lodging contact Madden’s directly. Cancelling your conference registration with the Minnesota Credit Union Network does not automatically cancel your resort reservation. 


Schedule at a glance


 Friday, Sept. 6
10:30 a.m.    Women's Leadership Network Luncheon (Requires separate registration.)
12:30 - 6:30 p.m.    Registration 
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  

 Breakout Sessions

  • Director Track: Concentration Risk - The Godfather of All RIsks, Justin Burleson, NCUA and Marcia Lewis, MNDOC. Credit, Liquidity, Interest Rate, Capital Risks all boil down to concentration risk. In this session NCUA and MN DOC will discuss how history teaches us that all major systemic financial system crashes stem from uncontrolled and inadequately managed concentration risk. You will hear from the insurer and regulator about the importance of a concentration risk management program that drives everyday decisions to ensure adequate return and capital protection for your members. Concentration risk management is something that all credit unions must effectively deploy to ensure viability in all economic cycles.
  • Executive Track: Minnesota's Economic and Demographic Trends, Luke Greiner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Get the skinny on Minnesota’s economic trends and learn where to access local data to help make informed lending and strategic business decisions. This session will provide an overview of economic trends, the implications of an aging workforce, engaging and preparing the next generation workers, and projected economic trends.
  • Emerging Leader Track: Innovative Leadership, Ryan Foss, Filene Research Institute. The financial industry has long faced change: in technology, consumer preferences, regulation, and new business models. To thrive, whether a seasoned vet, or a up and coming rising star, credit union leaders, like all financial providers, must scan for shifts in their institutions and markets. To do so, credit union leaders need to master the twin challenges of organizational vigilance (“seeing sooner”) and of adaptive capacity (“acting faster”) as their environments change. Learn how the most innovative leaders live in the tomorrow, while leading the projects of today.
2:45 - 4 p.m.    Exhibit Hall
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  

 General Session

  • The Race for Relationship: Why consumer financial health matters, Gigi Hyland, National Credit Union Foundation. Explore how the leading with product is not the way to build relationships with members. She’ll discuss national data trends, fintech and other players who are putting financial health at the center of their strategy, and the opportunities for credit unions to leverage their mission to lead in this arena.   
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.    Reception in Exhibit Hall
 Saturday, Sept. 7
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  

 General Session

  • 50 x 30 Update, Mark Cummins, MnCUN, Blois Olson, Fluence Media, Christopher Lorence and Richard Gose, CUNA. Hear updates on several key initiatives that support growing credit union membership to 50% of Minnesota’s population by 2030 – including strong advocacy on the legislative, regulatory, and public awareness fronts and cooperation throughout the industry. 
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.  

 General Session

  • Creating Ethical Corporate Cultures: A Critical Opportunity in Enterprise Risk Management, Dr. Christine Allen, Insight Business Works. With all the risks out there, from economic volatility to data breaches, some leaders overlook the role that developing an ethical culture plays in reducing risk and improving the bottom line. Focusing on creating an ethical organizational culture in an intentional way is now an established solution to reducing risk. Learn how to help all leaders work to mitigate their natural human biases; intentionally role model and reinforce desired behaviors; identify strategies to create a culture of integrity versus compliance; discover strategies to reduce narcissistic and selfish behaviors at all levels; learn how to hire, onboard and encourage participation to help to ensure employees will do the right thing; create an environment of psychological safety - the key to innovation, collaboration and fraud reduction; and become a deliberately developmental organization.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

 General Session

  • Leveraging Economic Trends to Create Member Value, Brian Smith-Vandergriff, FMSI Consulting  - As your credit union confronts the challenges of external forces affecting your members and institution, there are ample opportunities to improve financial performance and member services. In this session you’ll explore macro-economic trends, financial markets, and the role of the Federal Reserve, gaining insight into the impact of market and interest rate risks on your credit union. 
1:00 - 5:30 p.m.  

 Recreation Activities, Golf Tournament & Networking

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.  Golf Tournament Pine Beach West 
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  BINGO Golf Villa A
2:00 - 3:30 p.m  Axe Throwing Meet @ Tennis & Croquet Club (15 min prior to start time)
2:00- 5:00 p.m.   Pontoon Cruises Madden Marina
4:00 - 5:30 p.m  Craft Beer Tasting Wilson Bay Lobby/ Deck
4:00 -  5:30 p.m  Trap Shooting Tennis & Croquet Club
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.    Conference Reception
7:00 p.m.    Banquet & Entertainment
Sunday, Sept. 8
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.    Breakfast
11:00 a.m.    Hotel Check Out



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