The Pulse 09-01-16

Volume 5, Issue 35.5



Register for CUNA Mutual Group’s Free Discovery Conference Today

CUNA Mutual Group’s seventh annual, day-long Discovery Conference is Oct. 18. The virtual, no-cost event offers credit union leaders a chance to learn how to harness the power of data, a sneak peek at new research, and valuable industry insight and trends in the insurance and credit union industries, including Generation C.

“Our conference is the web-based equivalent of a face-to-face conference except without any of the expenses and travel time,” said Christy LaMasney, Discovery Conference manager, CUNA Mutual Group. “This enables more credit unions to attend and hear from experts in the field. It’s all about helping credit unions plan for the future,” LaMasney added.

Steven Rick, chief economist, CUNA Mutual Group, opens the conference with a keynote session addressing the power of data and analytics to expand credit unions’ competitive advantage. The session, “Credit Union Data & Analytics: Knowledge IS Power,” provides actionable steps credit unions can take to start or advance their data and analytics journey to capture more business today.

Six breakout sessions will follow the opening keynote covering topics, including gamification, non-prime auto lending, and the U.S. economy. Attendees will learn how millennials discuss money-related issues and personal finances, discover what compliance issues and risks are lurking in their consumer lending processes, and learn how to best serve the sandwich generation.

The conference concludes with a second keynote address given by Brian Sols, principal analyst, Altimeter Group. “Generation C: Your Connected Customer” explores the complexities of a generation of customers not bound by age but by digital behavior. Solis, a world-renowned digital analyst, anthropologist and author, shares insights to show how a shift in perspective can help lead to a more productive and lucrative business future.

Throughout the day, attendees have opportunities to network with industry leaders, pose questions, participate in “hot topic” chats, and visit exhibit hall booths. In addition, all credit union participants are entered to win the grand prize drawing – $1,000 to the credit union’s charity of choice1 – and individuals registered by Sept. 9 are entered to win an Amazon Echo.2

Learn more and register online. All credit union employees are welcome and encouraged to attend. Content is geared toward credit union CEOs and senior leadership teams, and will be made available on-demand after the conference ends.




Follow the links on the stories below to read more about the outstanding programs, new initiatives and well-deserved recognition received by your peers recently. Got news of your own? Send stories, pitches, press releases and published articles to MnCUN Communications Specialist Laura Whittet.




Balance Sheet Solutions - Economic & Investment Conference

Connect with your credit union peers and gain from high-value insight and exchange at Balance Sheet Solutions’ annual Economic and Investment Conference. The conference will be held in Eagan on Wednesday, October 26. Join Steven Rick, Chief Economist for CUNA Mutual Group; and Tom Slefinger, Senior Vice President and Director of Institutional Fixed Income Sales for Balance Sheet Solutions as they lead discussions on the state of the U.S. economy. Minnesota Credit Union Network President & CEO Mark Cummins will also present, providing an update on the association and credit unions in the state.

For more information, see the event invitation online. Registration available on the Balance Sheet Solutions website.

Balance Sheet Solutions, LLC, is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered advisor. Broker/Dealer transactions are facilitated through ISI, Member FINRA/SIPC. Balance Sheet Solutions (a CUSO wholly owned by Alloya Corporate FCU) provides a wide range of services to credit unions, including investment purchases, advisory services and risk management. Balance Sheet Solutions is headquartered in Warrenville, Illinois. 



$10,000 in Scholarships Available for your Members 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Family Involvement Council (FIC) scholarship program. This year, the council will be awarding $10,000 in the form of four $1,000 and 12 $500 scholarships to a total of 16 credit union members.  Any member of a Minnesota Credit Union Network affiliated credit union pursuing post-secondary education in the fall 2017/spring 2018 is eligible to apply.


Applications are being accepted online with a submission deadline of Feb. 1, 2017.


Each year at the MnCUN Annual Meeting, the FIC holds a silent auction with items and monetary donations donated by Minnesota’s credit unions and businesses. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the silent auction go toward the scholarship programs.


The FIC has various materials available to help credit unions promote the 2017 scholarship program to members. Visit the scholarships section for marketing materials and best practices to promote the program.


The FIC, a committee of the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation, strives to build credit union brand awareness and strengthen member relationships through their scholarship program. Since its inauguration in 1997, the FIC has benefited 303 credit union members with $166,500 in scholarships.


With questions about the FIC scholarship program, contact any of the FIC committee members.

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