How to Host a Successful ‘Unconference’ with CU Water Cooler Symposium’s McAlpine & Davis


Filene’s Matt Davis and Currency Marketing’s Tim McAlpine say they are not conference creators/developers by any stretch. Could’ve fooled me — and all the others that have attended their highly successful CU Water Cooler Symposium (October 17-18, 2013, Nashville, TN) events for the past three years. Both Tim and Matt have described this gathering not so much as a conference, but an event where passionate credit union folks can listen and exchange ideas at a very high level.

Each year, this “unconference” sells out, giving the stage to some of the industry’s top thinkers and doers. It’s an event that discusses topics most other shows won’t touch with a 100-ft. cellular antenna — like inviting a prominent banker to present (last year!). It was a brilliant move that really sparked Credit Union attendees talking and looking at themselves from a totally different perspective. Can you say, reality check? But this controversy, if you will, is to be expected at the CU Water Cooler Symposium. Seasoned attendees look forward to this feather ruffling and usually revel in it.

Anyway, it’s always an adventure chatting with Matt and Tim, two guys — as well as most of you know — who are extremely passionate about making this industry the best it can be and more. The CU Water Cooler Symposium is a show unlike any other and I invite you all to check out this episode to discover why Tim and Matt are so humble about hosting a wickedly successful show that will fuel your credit union fire. Check it out!

Also, if you are considering attending, register now for the early bird special, which expires July 31.


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