Cornerstone Credit Union League collaborates with leagues to provide leadership development opportunities

PLANO, TX (July 15, 2020) — Cornerstone Credit Union League is collaborating with Hawaii Credit Union League, Mountain West Credit Union Association, Nebraska Credit Union League, and Utah Credit Union Association to bring a robust, virtual leadership conference: ELEVATE: Credit Union Leaders. Powered by Cornerstone, this online event will take place Sept. 1-3 and offers relevant topics and insightful, inspirational speakers for credit union staff at all levels, from aspiring leaders to executives and board members.

“The ‘people helping people’ philosophy holds true as leagues partner to collaborate for the benefit of their members,” said Tamra Gaines, Cornerstone experience & events vice president. “ELEVATE: Credit Union Leaders will create an online experience focused on leadership development for all levels. This is a great opportunity for credit union professionals to network and engage beyond state borders.”

This online event features 15 subject matter experts discussing timely industry issues, including diversity and inclusion, board governance, and next-level leadership. It also offers peer-to-peer engagements and a virtual EXPO, enabling credit union employees to interact with exhibitors and sponsors.

“The Hawaii League is delighted to collaborate with the Cornerstone League to provide credit unions the opportunity to experience relevant and timely topics presented by world-class speakers and a virtual exposition to engage with real-time solution providers,” said Wendy Kishida, education & training director of Hawaii Credit Union League.

A new innovative educational resource will be introduced during the conference: Credit Union Leadership 360. This yearlong, online learning experience will focus on 12-core leadership competencies and a customized leadership competency assessment, which will guide attendees into personalized learning.

“Now is a critical time to grow and demonstrate leadership skills, which is why Mountain West is excited to partner with Cornerstone to support the development of credit union staff and executives, allowing them to become stronger faster,” said Nicole Brusewitz, CUDE, CMP, vice president of education and events at Mountain West Credit Union Association. “The virtual programming offered through ELEVATE provides expanded access to a conference experience throughout your credit union without having the cost and risk associated with travel right now.”

Because this virtual conference doesn’t require travel or accommodations, it gives credit unions the chance to register more of their employees. As an added benefit, attendees who log into sessions each day will receive free webinars and five-minute discussions on business acumen for additional self-paced learning.

“The Nebraska League is proud to partner with the Cornerstone League as they develop and deliver a one-of-a-kind virtual event for credit unions,” said Amy Shaw, CUDE, chief initiatives officer at Nebraska Credit Union League. “Leagues have a strong history of collaboration, and it makes good sense to offer our member credit unions an opportunity to take part in this dynamic online experience.”

Sessions will occur each afternoon, giving participants the chance to balance any work they may need to accomplish earlier in the day. Everyone who registers for the conference can earn up to eight continuing education units. Certificates will be sent electronically at the end of the event.

“During these challenging times, credit union collaboration is vital in serving our local credit unions with the education and training they stand in need of,” said Marilyn Pearson, CLE, vice president of education and training at Utah Credit Union Association. “With this in mind, the Utah Credit Union Association is pleased to rally with other leagues and participate in the Cornerstone League, one-of-a-kind virtual event.”

About Cornerstone League

Cornerstone League is among the nation’s largest regional credit union trade associations, serving approximately 600 credit unions in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Cornerstone exists to advance the success of credit unions in the region through legislative and grassroots advocacy; regulatory and compliance support; training, educational, and networking opportunities; essential communications related to news and information affecting the credit union industry; and other products and services that establish Cornerstone as the essential partner for credit unions. For more information, visit


Tanya Dittberner
Director, Communications and Media Relations
Cornerstone League

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