ICUL News & Events: Meet the 2021 Iowa Innovation Group

Meet the 2021 Iowa Innovation Group 

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The 2021 Iowa Innovation Group program, facilitated in partnership with Filene Research Institute, is underway. This year, seventeen Iowa credit union employees have been accepted into the program, including those slated to participate in the 2020 program before it was postponed in consideration of the pandemic. 

These seventeen innovators will identify areas for improvement in the credit union industry, and will work together to craft creative solutions to better our credit union movement. Final presentations will be held during the 2021 Iowa Credit Union Convention in September. 

Click here to meet this year's participants. 


Iowa Credit Union Industry Represented at CUNA GAC 

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The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is hosting the annual Governmental Affairs Conference virtually this week. 

Jordyn Henry (pictured), of Financial Plus Credit Union, is representing the Iowa credit union movement and 'crashing' CUNA GAC. Crashers were selected through a highly competitive process, with 32 crashers earning free registration to CUNA GAC. Learn more here

PolicyWorks is Now ViClarity

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In February of last year, PolicyWorks, LLC announced the acquisition of technology company ViClarity. Last week, PolicyWorks announced that the companies will finalize integration efforts by coming together under one company name - ViClarity.

According to Global CEO Miriam De Dios Woodward, the new brand is better aligned with the firm’s expanded subject matter expertise in governance, risk and compliance (GRC), as well as its focus on technology solutions for GRC professionals.

Alongside the legal and brand name change, a new website,, has been launched. 

Jaimie Miller Named ICUL Vice President

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Recently, ICUL announced that Jaimie Miller, executive director of the Iowa Credit Union Foundation, will become the next Vice President of ICUL.

As a passionate credit union advocate, Jaimie brings a fresh perspective to this role. In addition to her league duties, Jaimie will continue to provide oversight and strategic guidance to the Foundation for a period of time. 

Read the press release here

Please join us in congratulating Jaimie on her new role!

Register Now for Control+Alt+Innovate Conference

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The Iowa Credit Union League has joined forces with seven other Midwest credit union leagues and associations to host the virtual Ctrl+Alt+Innovate conference April 7-8. We are pleased to participate in this collaboratively facilitated fintech conference being offered for the very first time.

The conference will include presentations and demos from six innovation and fintech companies deemed innovative in their respected fields by a selection committee comprised of members from all eight participating leagues and associations. ICUL COO Matt Oakley and Dupaco Community Credit Union COO Matt Dodds represented Iowa on the committee. Companies presenting include: CuneXus, DocFox, Eltropy, Illuma Labs, Posh and Upstart.

Click here to learn more and register. 

Collins Community Credit Union's Mai-Linh Hoang Participating in i3 Program

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Collins Community Credit Union VP of Marketing Mai-Linh Hoang is one of twenty-three credit union leaders participating in the 16th year of the Filene i3 Program

i3 is a two-year innovative leadership program equipping top credit union professionals with the mindsets, tools and networks to lead and shape the future. The ultimate goal of i3 is to produce credit union leaders that think forward and change lives by leading innovation initiatives at their credit unions that bring about new products, processes, and business models that strengthen credit unions and their members’ financial well-being.

Learn more about i3 here

Credit Union Women's Leadership Alliance Formed 

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The Credit Union Women's Leadership Alliance (CUWLA) has been formed to support female CEOs of credit unions with asset sizes $300M or less across the nation. 

“By creating a support system such as CUWLA, women who run smaller credit unions will not only have opportunities to grow on a personal and professional level, but also have the needed tools to help them grow their credit unions and better serve their members,” says Lily Newfarmer, president/CEO of Tarrant County’s Credit Union, CUWLA Founder and CUWLA Board Chair. 

CUWLA is aiming to empower the women who power the movement. If you're interested in joining CUWLA, learn more and apply today.

Credit Unions Support Fund Renamed in Memory of Dale Owen

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Before his passing, former President/CEO of Ascentra Credit Union Dale Owen worked to raise $500,000 from local lending and financial institutions to create a matched donation program for the Quad Cities Cultural Trust. In remembrance of the work Dale did to bring area financial institutions together in support of art and culture programs, the match program was recently renamed the Dale Owen Art and Culture Match. 

Deere Employees Credit Union, Dutrac Community Credit Union, The Family Credit Union, GreenState Credit Union, IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union, Quad City Bank & Trust, R.I.A. Federal Credit Union, US Bank, Vibrant Credit Union, and Wells Fargo all contributed to the fund. Click here to learn more about Dale's work in support of this organization. 

Manage Your ICUL Email Preferences

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ICUL recently transitioned to a new email platform, where you can now manage what types of emails you receive from ICUL through the 'manage your email preferences' link at the bottom of this email and future emails. To learn more about the new ICUL subscription types, click here

Take a moment to ask your peers if they've received this email! We want to ensure that all credit union employees and board members stay informed of what is going on in the Iowa credit union industry throughout the transition. 

If you or a peer have a question about this transition, please email us


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