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Young professionals once again crash 2020 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference

Crashers from nearly every state join Filene to “crash” CUNA GAC

MADISON, WI (January 30, 2020) — Emerging leaders in the credit union movement will once again “crash” the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference (CUNA GAC) on February 23-27. Through Filene Research Institute’s Cooperative Trust “Crash” Program, over 50 young professional leaders will join thousands of credit union advocates for the year’s biggest credit union event.

“We are excited to introduce the next generation of leaders to this life-changing experience,” Filene’s Director for Community Development, Cortney Angeley, commented. “The Cooperative Trust and the Crash Program provides exceptional experiences to help emerging leaders develop their careers. Most importantly, the connections made at CUNA GAC are a catalyst to building a life-long network of passionate credit union advocates.”

Representing nearly every U.S. state, the 2020 class of Crashers includes young leaders with diverse roles at their credit unions. Crashers are selected though a highly competitive process, earning free attendance at CUNA GAC where they can network and learn from over 5,000 top credit union advocates.

“The Crashers bring so much energy and passion to CUNA GAC,” said CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle. “I always look forward to meeting each new group, knowing that these folks are the people that will lead our movement in the future. I am so impressed with this year’s class and I am excited to see where this leadership opportunity takes them in their careers. CUNA is proud to join Filene and The Cooperative Trust to make this special program possible year after year.”

The Cooperative Trust is the credit union industry’s largest young professional community. The Crash Program is designed to empower credit union young professionals through professional development and by finding and amplifying their voices to advocate for the role of young people in the industry.

Crash the GAC is the largest Crash Filene organizes every year. It is a non-stop, career-changing program for young professionals that allows them to participate in the industry’s largest advocacy conference with complimentary registration, exclusive networking opportunities, leadership development tools, and mentoring sessions with industry leaders from organizations such as Filene Research Institute, National Credit Union Foundation, and CUNA.

Crash the GAC and other Crash events throughout the year are designed to spark new ways of thinking and build lasting relationships for emerging leaders within the credit union industry. Crashers will leave the nation’s capital with a new hunger to help strengthen their communities and organizations. For the full list of 2020 Crash events, visit cooperativetrust.com.

Crash the GAC is brought to you by the Cooperative Trust from Filene Research Institute and is made possible by the generous support of CUNA, and with help from League partners.


About Filene Research Institute

Filene Research Institute strengthens organizations through innovative research and incubation to improve consumer financial well-being. As an independent cooperative finance think tank, Filene’s membership network connects a community of leaders and bright minds to change lives through innovation, truth and cooperation. In addition to delivering cutting-edge, actionable academic research, Filene also provides incubators to test and scale solutions, events to spark organizations into action and advisory services to help accelerate and implement innovation. For more information, visit filene.org and @fileneresearch.

About the Cooperative Trust

The Cooperative Trust, with its award-winning Crash programming, is the international community of young credit union professionals, brought to you by Filene Research Institute and made possible by Credit Union National Association. The Cooperative Trust won the Herb Wegner Award for Outstanding Program in 2017. To learn more, visit cooperativetrust.com.

About CUNA

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by 115 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit cuna.org or contact Lauren Williams, lwilliams@cuna.coop, 202.672.3396. To find your nearest credit union, visit YourMoneyFurther.com.

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