#1080: How the Foundation and VISA Partnership Fosters Financial Health and Features Industry Success Stories…
It's that time of year again when the Daytona 500 of credit union conferences approaches (CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference) with all the other esteemed events that surround the industry's biggest gathering in our nation's capital.
One of these surrounding events stands above the rest when it comes to honoring what credit unions do best -- and that's serving others with great passion and humility over the long term. This event is the National Credit Union Foundation Dinner presenting the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, which takes place at the Washington, D.C. Marriott Marquis, Monday, March 11, 5:30 to 8:30-ish p.m.
The Foundation’s Executive Director Gigi Hyland and VISA's Head of Community and Regional Accounts Doug Leighton joined us on the show to share what makes this must-attend event so special each year. We also discussed how VISA’s partnership with the Foundation and the credit union movement has resulted in a myriad of success stories -- one of those being The Cooperative Trust's Crashers program, created by Filene Research Institute.
We circled back to the awards and Gigi and Doug shared who's being honored this year:
Should be another amazing evening honoring credit unions' best. If you haven't registered yet, click here for ticket information and we will see you there.
NAFCU is hosting 13 conferences this year, ranging from their 52nd Annual Conference in New Orleans and Congressional Caucus in D.C. to their Strategic Growth Conference in South Carolina and Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee Conference in Savannah -- and many more.
To get an overview of conference subject matter, benefits, and goals, NAFCU's SVP/COO Anthony Demangone joined us on the program to provide a rundown on the association's 2019 conference offerings that are designed to help credit staffers and board members grow professionally that, in turn, will take credit unions to the next level and grow the industry.
Check it out and let us know your thoughts.
When it comes to talking to fintech, the conversation can go in a myriad of directions -- which can be a little scary. But we were up to the task with Cornerstone Advisors Senior Director Sam Kilmer (no relation to Billy or Val).
Sam came on the show to discuss "What's Going On In Fintech" based on an upcoming webinar (March 5) the folks at Cornerstone are hosting: "Fintech Relationships: Both Sides of the Table."
Here are some of the items we talked about:
It's a very full discussion, so enjoy and let us know your thoughts -- and don't forget to check out their webinar for more details.
On the Mark Strategies Founder/CEO Mark Arnold joined us on the program to discuss a few timely marketing topics:
There are so many takeaways in this talk we should've split it up into three parts. But we kept it all in one. So check it out, take notes, and let us know your thoughts. Great stuff here, once again, from Mark.
Protecting your organization's brand is so important in today's "always on" social media world. And for a financial institution, it can be a make or break situation -- especially if there's a breach, natural disaster, or some other negative event.
I first heard about this "protecting your brand" concept in-depth at last year's CUNA Lending Council Conference from one of the keynote presenters who happened to be a Disney executive with 30 years Disney experience. A very compelling talk, indeed.
Ever since then, I've been fascinated by the topic and always welcome the opportunity to see how others protect their brand. So I invited public relations expert Sherry Goldman from Goldman Communications Group on the program for some practical advice and tips on how credit unions can do the same in our volatile world today.
Sherry, with all her wisdom, delivered plenty of takeaways for you to apply right away. So check it out and let us know your thoughts.
Mike Lawson, Host
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