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Louisiana CU Advocates Make Waves in Washington, D.C. Today, Take Their Message to Federal Lawmakers

C redit union advocates are perhaps the largest and most visible lobby group in Washington during what promises to be a historic week. More than 90 Louisiana credit union representatives are joining their peers from around the country in Washington, D.C. for CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).
 
To kick-off the event, LCUL hosted a special welcome reception for Louisiana members on Sunday evening, which has become an annual tradition at GAC that allows attendees to meet up with colleagues to network and get ready for several action-packed days of advocacy and education.
 
During the opening ceremonies on Monday morning, Louisiana was represented in the flag ceremony by 2019 Crasher Rebecca Law with Neighbors  FCU and her father, Jeff Conrad, CEO of Pelican State CU. Ronaldo Hardy, CEO of Southwest Louisiana CU, lead the invocation.
 
Following the opening ceremonies, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle took the stage to offer his opening remarks. Nussle's message suggested that credit unions are under attack on four fronts: the credit union model, the market (not only by bankers), the movement, and our credit union heart. "Cooperation seems to be becoming 'coopetition,'" he said, where credit unions compete against each other. Nussle's entire speech is available on CUNA's Facebook page.
 
Later that day, Louisiana credit union leaders met for the annual legislative briefing lead by LCUL retained lobbyist Adams & Reese to discuss issues important for the coming Hill visits. In conjunction with the familiar issues we advocate, Jeff Brooks encouraged credit unions to communicate a little different with them this year: tell your stories. Brooks showcased LCUL's latest Financial Literacy Survey Report & Member Success Stories as a key source of information for our Congressional Delegation meetings on Wednesday.
 
Louisiana advocates will use briefing materials during today's meetings on Capitol Hill with members of the Congress. These visits play a vital role in the advocacy strategies of the League and CUNA, and our GAC attendees will take this opportunity to discuss pressing issues with our Louisiana delegation.
 
Look for complete coverage of the CUNA 2019 GAC in our next issue of LCUL's Membership in Action. 

Credit Union Connect:  Breakout Sessions Announced

What is Credit Union Connect and what can you expect by attending?  

LCUL is excited to launch the inaugural year of this new conference that brings our credit union management and c-suite professionals together for networking, peer discussion forums, fundraising to benefit the Louisiana Foundation, vendor exhibitions (some of which are exhibiting in Louisiana for the first time!) plus twelve hot topic breakout sessions presented over four time slots on topics most relevant to today's busy credit union professionals.
 
Breakout topics on April 18th include:
  • Executive Succession Plan
  • Cybersecurity to Combat Skimming and Scammers
  • Creating Winning Strategies with ITMs
  • ATM & Credit Card Processing
  • Preventative Facilities Maintenance
  • Big Data Utilization
  • Core Systems Selection Processes
  • Choosing the right EFT Vendor for your CU
  • Human Resources / Affirmative Action Programs
  • Powering Real Time Payment Options
  • And even more sessions still to be unveiled later this week! 
Note - All sessions are educational in content, with no sales pitches!
 
Your All-Access Savings Pass includes our pre-conference facilitated round tables on the afternoon of  April 17th immediately followed by a complementary networking reception and then the murder mystery dinner benefitting the Louisiana Credit Union Foundation.  

If you're unable to attend the full event, purchase a-la-carte tickets for individual events.  

YPN

YPN Workshop Registration Now Open!
Register now for our 8th Annual Young Professionals Workshop being held in Lafayette  May 3rd - 4th

This year, our dynamic sessions include personal and professional development to Rock your Brand from Melanie Spring and the Harness the Power of Positivity from Tyler Winner of the Dale Carnegie Institute. Also learn directly from mentors at our reverse crasher roundtables, and polish your business etiquette skills at our special etiquette skills lunch. 
 
The YPN compels professionals under 40 to get involved in the credit union movement, connect them with other young professionals, and encourages collaboration for long-term success in the credit union industry.
 
Click here for full details and to register!

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