By Renee Werth
MCUL Vice President for Education & Events
Smaller credit unions will find huge value in attending the MCUL & Affiliates “Positively Connected!” Annual Convention and Exposition, and are encouraged to look closely at various registration options that can make it more affordable than one might expect to attend the popular event, taking place May 16-18 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
While the event features prominent keynote speakers and an outstanding exposition that compare to national-level events, without the added costs of out-of-state travel, the conference is also packed full of insightful training topics ideal for smaller credit unions.
"Credit Union Principles: Past, Present and Future" presented by Lois Kitsch of National CU Foundation is a fun, hands-on informational session perfect for credit union board members on Thursday, May 16. Executive leaders will also find value in "ALM Strategies in a Low Rate Environment" facilitated by Jack Brick of Brick Associates that same day, along with new "Smart Perspectives" dialogue sessions on a variety of topics.
Also new this year, a "Credit Union Leader Roundtable Session and Breakfast" for small-asset-size credit unions is being offered and is included in registration for Friday, May 17, and the league's annual "Membership Meeting & Leadership Summit" will be on Friday, rather than Saturday. Friday also features the keynote presentation "Executing Imagination: Turning Creative Fire Into Real Results" by Michigan entrepreneur Josh Linkner, training by MCUL & Affiliates League Representative Robyn Wybenga on "Chapter Leaders: Leading Within a Chapter," along with two guest enrichment sessions appropriate for attendees or their guests.
Another Friday highlight is the session, “Growth and Prosperity: Rethinking the Credit Union Model” by Tammy Williams, CEO of a $66 million credit union in Wisconsin who will provide a first-hand account of how her small credit union has used innovation and creativity in the workplace to drive results through the generation of new ideas, delivery channels and products.
The Saturday, May 18, agenda is a day of inspiration, ideas and networking, kicking off with the Honors Awards and Breakfast which is included in registration, along with the keynote presentation "You Make the Difference" by bestselling author Steve Gilliland. Saturday is packed with more training options, plus a fun complimentary activity for guests to create a take-home custom-blended gift-jar of scented sprinkles. And for those looking for more quality networking time with their peers, there is the option for an afternoon excursion river cruise on the Ovation yacht and an evening of fun with other attendees at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle.
A one-day registration option is available to attend the AC&E for just $150 and provides admittance to all non-ticketed program events and included meals scheduled for any single-day of the event; a similar registration category for two-days is available for just $300. Attending select days is a highly affordable way to access quality training on specific topics and still enjoy valuable networking.
The best value is the full convention registration category for just $339 per person, which includes all three-days of the event. Credit unions that register five attendees in this category qualify to register the sixth attendee (or more) for just $284 per person. Better still, by registering one full convention attendee, a credit union qualifies to send one additional participant to the INSIDE Credit Union Compliance conference, taking place in conjunction with the AC&E on Thursday, May 16 ... a $129 value.
The MCUL & Affiliates AC&E provides a myriad of opportunities for smaller credit unions to access training at a variety of price points. In addition, credit unions with assets of $50 million or less are reminded that it is simple to apply for financial assistance from the MCUF by checking the box when registering.
It is going to be a great time in Detroit this May, as credit unions of all sizes become “Positively Connected!” at the league's annual convention. Take a closer look at the full event agenda, consider staff and volunteer training needs, and make the MCUL & Affiliates AC&E a part of this year’s professional development budget. Learn more here.