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Michigan Credit Union League

Spring Leadership Development Conference | Agenda and Select Handouts

April 8-10, 2016 | Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant


An Outstanding Investment in Board Governance for Directors and CEOs


Friday, April 8

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Registration and Networking

Saturday, April 9

7:00 a.m.   
7:00-8:00 a.m.   
Hot Breakfast Buffet
Sponsored by Sprint

8:00-8:45 a.m.       
Welcome & League Update

David Adams       

8:45-10:00 a.m.   
Fast Money: The Jetson's ARE Today's Members

Amy Smith
Sponsored by The Clearing House Payments Authority

George and Jane Jetson raised their children Judy and Elroy in a futuristic utopia, with spaceship rides to school and work, holographic communications and more. Fast forward to 2016, and today's financial services solutions would fit right in as the next episode! Be there to explore the latest technology and what is next to enable consumers and businesses to conduct commerce.  Mobile, cyber currency, card security and speed are just the beginning.

10:15-11:30 a.m.     
Concurrent Sessions and Workshop Part I

•    ApplePay Genius Bar: What Why and How
Amy Smith
      Sponsored by The Clearing House Payments Authority

Visionary Topic | Making purchases with a phone is moving beyond a trend and into an expectation, so get the latest on ApplePay and other mobile based solutions. Now is the time to understand the roles for credit unions to take, for enabling members to use mobile devices for payments.

•    Legislative Forecast and PAC Fundraising Best Practices
   Jordan Kingdon

Hot Topic | Hear about the MCUL’s current legislative priorities and how credit unions can make a difference by participating in the MCUL’s PAC fundraising programs. Issues, fundraising and the upcoming elections will all be covered.

•    To Merge or Not to Merge, that is the Question
  Chuck Holzman
      Sponsored by Holzman Corkery, PLLC

Current Trend | In 2004 there were 413 credit unions in Michigan. Today there are 257. This number will continue to decline due to mergers from financial or regulatory pressure, or for strategic or member service purposes. Explore the questions that need to be asked and answered when considering a merger, how to determine if a merger partner is a good fit, why many merger transactions never make it to completion and much more.

•    A New and Improved Board: Effective Leadership Workshop (Part 1)
Jamie Howell
     Handout #1, Handout #2, Handout #3

Board Insights | This in-depth, two-part workshop covers the NCUA’s core expectations for credit union boards and discusses the role the board plays in the big picture, as well as day-to-day operations. Valuable tips and tricks will be shared to help keep boards on track with things like Robert’s Rules of Order, Consent Agendas and much more!

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions and Workshop Part II

•    Embracing Cloud Technology to Grow Membership and Profitability
Jeff Muglia
      Sponsored by Sprint

Visionary Topic | Learn why credit unions must embrace secure cloud services in an effort to better support both its employees and members, while driving down costs and increasing profitability. Services that are easily moved from a hosted situation to a cloud service will be reviewed, and national best practices shared. Email, accounting, marketing, instant messaging, video conferencing and more will be covered from a board perspective, as well as cloud based services such as auto loan mitigation solutions, disaster recovery/business continuity and mobility tools.

•    Electronic Fraud and Security (V502)
  Robin Wybenga

Hot Topic | This CUNA Volunteer Achievement Program (VAP) session explains the roles and legal responsibilities of the board, supervisory committee and management in dealing with technology risk.

•    Setting Policies at the Board Level
  Glory LeDu

Current Trend | A credit union board of directors is required to adopt, approve and review all of the credit union’s policies, as well as to approve any changes. Join in this overview of resources available to assist a board in ensuring policies are compliant, by asking the right questions and reviewing best practices for a successful calendar review structure.

•    A New and Improved Board: Effective Leadership Workshop (Part 2)
Jamie Howell

Board Insights | Continuation from above.

1:00-2:00 p.m.   

2:00-3:30 p.m.   
Optional Bonus Sessions!

•    Added! Embezzlement: What it Means to Board Members

     Leanne O'Brien

Board members have a fiduciary and regulatory responsibility to their membership to provide an appropriate internal control structure, including independent assessment of compliance through a reasonable audit program. With the recent embezzlements announced in the press, what does a board’s failure to meet these responsibilities mean for board members? OCU Director Kolhoff discusses these responsibilities and will address questions.

•    Technology Insights
      Jeff Muglia
      Sponsored by Sprint

•    Bingo, Prizes and Networking
Complimentary for Registered Attendees and Guests (Age 18 and over)
      Seating is Limited

6:30-8:00 p.m.   
Dinner & Entertainment with Comedian John P. Hopkins

Sponsored by CU Solutions Group   

Sunday, April 10

7:00 a.m.   

7:30-8:30 a.m.   
Hot Breakfast Buffet 

Sponsored by Sprint         

8:30-10:00 a.m.   
Concurrent Sessions

•    Making a Difference with Community Projects and Grants
Beth Troost

VisionaryTopic | Outreach initiatives create stronger communities and help promote credit unions. With so many causes and options vying for limited time and money, it is important to choose activities with the most impact and visibility. Gather ideas on community reinvestment and financial education initiatives that have been implemented successfully, hear best practices and discover funding and partnership assistance to increase impact for credit unions of all overview sizes.

•    The Basics of Risk Assessment for Volunteers (V305)
Robin Wybenga

Hot Topic | In an increasingly risky world, there are a variety of risks that impact a credit union’s ability to serve its members. Be prepared with this CUNA VAP training.

•    Examiner's "Take" on the Exam Process
Leanne O'Brien

Current Trend | How are a credit union’s board members integral to an institution’s safety and soundness and how should they be involved in the examination process? Office of Credit Union and National Credit Union Administration representatives will talk broadly about the fiduciary and regulatory responsibilities of board members and their role in ensuring the viability of their credit union!  

•    Bank Secrecy Act for Board Members
Glory LeDu

Board Insights | One of the many responsibilities of credit union leaders is overseeing the important regulatory compliance of the Bank Secrecy Act. This rule requires financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies by keeping certain records of transactions and by reporting suspicious activity that might signify tax evasion or other criminal activities. BSA compliance is a common weakness being identified in credit unions during compliance audits, so be sure to understand the role that everyone at the credit union plays, including board members. 

Agenda is subject to change.

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