Futurists, thought leaders and advocates of the financial cooperative model converge on Des Moines to talk Fintech, financial inclusion and the future of the credit union movement

Credit Union National Association President/CEO Jim Nussle among the 500 leaders attending the Iowa Credit Union Convention

DES MOINES, IA (September 11, 2017) — An array of experts from marketing, HR and technology to ethics, regulation and the economy will address more than 500 credit union industry leaders in Des Moines this week at the 87th Iowa Credit Union Convention. Jim Nussle, former Iowa congressman and current Credit Union National Association president/CEO, will be among those in Iowa’s capital city for the event.

“Iowa’s credit union movement is healthy and strong, serving more than 1.1 million members throughout the state,” said Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) President and CEO, Patrick S. Jury. “For the 3,200 credit union employees throughout Iowa, helping people improve their financial lives is such a strong motivator for what they do. Coming together at events like this annual convention to learn, explore and be inspired helps us serve our members and communities in the best way possible.”

Credit union personnel unable to attend the Iowa Credit Union Convention are encouraged to follow along on Twitter and Facebook by monitoring #iowacreditunions.

The convention will begin on Wednesday with a golf outing to benefit the state’s Credit Union Political Action Committee. Those not golfing will be offered the opportunity to package 10,000 meals for the hungry as a part of ICUL’s Emerging Leaders Connection group. Credit union CEOs and directors will also be invited to attend a workshop on strategic goal setting that afternoon. The session will be led by Mark Arnold, a branding and strategic planning expert with more than 20 years of financial services experience.

Educational sessions kick off Thursday morning at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center with a keynote address by generational humorist Meagan Johnson. The author of “From Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work,” Johnson will talk through what it takes to inspire great things from members of today’s multi-generational workforce.

Following the keynote, convention attendees will break out into sessions on a wide range of topics, including risk assessments and audits, leadership, branding, ethics, underserved communities and why borrowers choose the lenders they do. An ice cream social has been sprinkled into the agenda to keep the energy high throughout the afternoon.

Thursday evening, credit union leaders and guests will take part in the Iowa Credit Union Foundation’s Benefit Night – an event that raised more than $57,000 in 2016. All proceeds from this year’s event will be used to fulfill ICUF’s mission-driven programs.

Mimosas and Bloody Marys will welcome attendees back for Friday’s agenda, which begins with a keynote address on investing in innovation. Credit union leaders will hear from Filene Research Institute and a panel of young innovators on new ideas that could be implemented for the benefit of credit unions and their members.

More breakout sessions follow, covering topics like advocacy and grassroots outreach, employee relations, the U.S. economic outlook and digital payments.

Capping off the event will be a “Meet the Crashers” presentation introducing attendees to the young credit union professionals in attendance. Motivational speaker Mark Lindquist will follow with the closing session, “Passion! Eight Steps to Reignite Yours.” Lindquist’s presentation promises to propel attendees into an exciting journey toward a passion-filled life.

About Iowa Credit Union League

The Iowa Credit Union League is the trade association that represents the interests of Iowa credit unions and their 1.6+ million members. Credit unions are not-for-profit, financial cooperatives owned and operated by their members. Iowans use their credit union membership to receive higher interest rates on savings and lower interest rates on loans. For more information on ICUL, visit For information on Iowa credit unions, visit Follow ICUL on Twitter at or on Facebook at


Natalie Mahoney

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