Save the date for our Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sessions this spring! The P2P sessions will remain virtual, offering credit unions from across the state the opportunity to learn from one another, share knowledge and resources, and build connections.
This year, MnCUN is offering a credit union P2P subscription option, giving access to all P2P sessions for any staff at a credit union throughout the year. Any affiliated credit union may subscribe to the P2P program through a one-time, annual payment. The P2P subscription will come with a discount code unique to your credit union for registration at any of the P2P sessions throughout the year.
Below is our list of scheduled P2Ps for the spring of 2023. Registration for P2P sessions will be available on the MnCUN event calendar and on the P2P webpage.
Spring 2023 P2P Sessions:
03/07 BSA Officer and Compliance P2P
03/14 Financial Education P2P
03/16 Call Center P2P
03/23 Women’s Leadership Network P2P
03/28 Data & Analytics P2P
04/04 Training & Development P2P
04/27 Lending P2P
05/02 Board Directors P2P
05/04 Branch Operations P2P
05/09 Marketing & Business Development P2P
05/16 Collections P2P
05/18 Accounting & Finance P2P
06/07 Crew Young Professionals P2P
With questions, please reach out to Andrea Molnau, VP of Communications & Engagement, via email.
Emerging leaders from across Minnesota are growing their skillsets to lead the future of the credit union movement through MnCUN’s Trailblazers Executive Readiness Training program. The second cohort kicked off in September at the LEAD 22 conference, comprised of 22 credit union professionals representing 18 credit unions. This 12-month program is designed to accelerate executive level leadership skills and build credit union specific knowledge needed to succeed in our industry.
Having high-potential leaders in the pipeline is critical for credit unions and the industry. Designed by Minnesota Credit Union professionals – the program is intended to prepare emerging leaders for executive level positions. Topics include Leadership Skills, Credit Union Financials, Credit Union Operations, and Strategic Planning & Growth. Courses are facilitated by both experts in the field and current credit union leaders. Upon completion participants will receive a Minnesota Credit Union Executive Leadership Certification.
Participants in the 2022/2023 cohort are:
The inaugural cohort graduated in September. Here’s what a few of them had to say:
“The Trailblazer program has helped me to learn about so many different areas of credit unions and the people who make those areas a success. Being new to the credit union world it has really helped understand how it all comes together.” -Mandy Anderson, Branch Manager, Accentra Credit Union
“The Trailblazer Program has been incredibly beneficial. It's so easy to get stuck 'staying in your lane' and only focusing on things that directly impact your role. But in order to grow, you need to learn from other departments and areas. Throughout this program, I've learned how to read reports, build strategic plans, and build a network! Without this program, I wouldn't have had a reason to push myself to learn something new that I don't see every day.” Abbie White, Corporate Partnerships, Wings Financial Credit Union
“My ultimate goal is to one day become President/CEO of a credit union. While I understand that's not going to be an easy feat, I'm hopeful credit union executives will notice the hard work and dedication I've put in. This program has really made me think more about my "why" and my "purpose", and I feel more driven than ever to be a strong leader. I also want to remain a positive role model for my team and any other credit union professional that wants to grow their career.” – Cory Ouellette, VP-Operations, Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union
The cohort meets the second Thursday of the month for 12 months –virtually and in person – providing participants the opportunity to build a close network of colleagues. The program runs September - September.
With questions, contact MnCUN Vice President of Communications and Engagement Andrea Molnau or Director of Engagement Ben Hering.
The Minnesota Credit Union Network is celebrating the success of CREW Young Professionals program in 2022! In total, over 250 credit union young professionals joined us for CREW-related events this year. Here’s a snapshot of the accomplishments of credit union young professionals in 2022:
The Minnesota Credit Union Network, in partnership with the Wisconsin Credit Union League and Montana’s Credit Unions, will be supporting another year of data analytics education through the Data Activation Series, beginning in January 2023.
Facilitated by Anne Legg, author of Big Data/Big Climb and Founder & CEO of Thrive Strategic Services, this data analytics education series offers tools and a forum to help key stakeholders fill knowledge gaps and launch their data journey with the assets they have at their credit union. *
The Data Activation Series will be offered five times throughout the year. This certification program comprises of seven classes, held in hour-long segments, to allow attendees the flexibility of participating in the series while maintaining their role within the credit union.
Members of the Minnesota Credit Union Network may participate in the program at a discounted rate of $649 using the code: MNSAVE
Data activation courses will be offered Data activation courses will be offered starting January 24 with the series being offered again in April, May, June and September.
You can view the full 2023 Class Schedule on the THRIVE website. learn more about the program, please visit the Data Activation Series Outline webpage.
*You do not need to be a data expert or even a math lover to leverage your data. Any credit union leader, staff or volunteer is encouraged to attend; the only criteria to attend is that you want to improve your members' lives.
With questions, please contact MnCUN Director of Engagement Ben Hering by email or by phone at 651-288-5519.
As a credit union, your goal is to help your members achieve all of their financial needs, wants, and dreams. To reach this goal you need a team that is consistently promoting the products and services that will help your members save time and money, make more money, and bring greater levels of financial security to their life. The only problem is the member service your team provides is best described as “Order Taking” rather than “Value Creating.” Join us for two or three-day Credit Union Sales Intensive Workshops starting Feb. 14, 2023, facilitated by Nick Brown, member services guru from SalesCU.
The Credit Union Sales Training workshop is designed for a wide variety of credit union leaders and departments including branch, lending, and contact centers, regional and senior sales leaders, training and development professionals and even marketing staff.
The Credit Union Sales Training workshops will be offered throughout the year and will be conducted over the span of two or three days. Only 35 seats available per workshop. All workshops are conducted virtually via Zoom meetings.
Please see the Credit Union Sales Intensive Workshop webpage more information.
The following accomplishments were achieved in 2022:
The Anniversary Celebration was held Jax Café in Minneapolis, and featured keynote speaker Elisa Vicuña, co-founder of the Minnesota Aurora, a women-led, community owned soccer team. Elisa shared the Aurora story, and how this organization uses soccer to bring people together and lift up women and girls from marginalized communities.
Watch for details on 2023 events coming in the new year. Those interested in receiving notifications about opportunities may sign up for Women’s Leadership Network communications. Instructions are available on the Women’s Leadership Network page online.
In 2022, our Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sessions remained entirely virtual, welcoming over 375 participants representing 56 credit unions affiliated with the Minnesota Credit Union Network. 12 different groups came together throughout the year for a total of 23 sessions.
As we review the year, we’re hoping to gather some feedback directly from our participants. If you’ve participated in a P2P in 2022, please take a minute or two to fill out our Annual P2P Survey by Friday, December 10.
New for 2023 – MnCUN will be offering a credit union P2P subscription option, giving access to all P2P sessions for any staff at a credit union throughout the year. Any affiliated credit union may subscribe to the P2P program through a one-time, annual payment. The P2P subscription will come with a discount code unique to your credit union for registration at any of the P2P sessions throughout the year.
>$1B in assets: $999/year
$100MM - $1B in assets: $499/year
<$100MM in assets: $249/year
*Individual P2P event registration will remain at $49 per attendee.
Further details about the program, including registration for the P2P subscription, can be found on the P2P webpage. With questions, please contact Director of Engagement, Ben Hering, via email.
The Women’s Leadership Network invites everyone to our year-end celebration event. Please join us on Thursday, November 17, from 3:30-6:30 pm at the Jax Café in Minneapolis. The afternoon will include insightful conversation and networking, as well as celebrating the accomplishments of the Women’s Leadership Network in 2022.
We are excited to announce our guest speaker will be Elisa Vicuña, co-founder of the Minnesota Aurora, a women-led, community-owned soccer team that plays in the USL W League. 2022 was an impressive inaugural season for the Aurora, finishing the regular season undefeated, winning the Heartland Division, and advancing to the Final of the USL W League playoffs. The team also led the league in attendance, averaging over 5,000 fans per game.
Elisa will share the Aurora story, and how they use soccer to bring people together and lift up women and girls from marginalized communities. We’ll have opportunities to discuss and explore our shared values of community, empowering women, and DEI, as we learn from this exciting, new Minnesota organization.
Registration is now open and available until Nov. 10. For more information about the Minnesota Credit Union Women’s Leadership Network, visit the group page online.
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