Iowa Young Professional Selected to "Crash" CUNA's 2020 Governmental Affairs Conference

West Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Credit Union League is pleased to announce that Taylor Morris of Collins Community Credit Union has been selected to attend Crash the GAC 2020 by The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) to represent the Iowa Credit Union League.

Crash the GAC is a non-stop, career-changing program for credit union 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, CUNA, and National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF).

“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.”

Representing nearly every U.S. state, the 2020 class of Crashers includes 60 emerging leaders with diverse roles at their credit unions. Crashers are selected through a highly competitive process, earning free attendance at CUNA GAC where they can network and learn from over 5,000 top credit union advocates.

"It's important that experiences like Crash the GAC are provided to young credit union leaders as these experiences create a lens of opportunity that will inspire their growth and the growth of our movement for years to come," said Andrea Dose, Director of Member Services, Iowa Credit Union League. "Considering the regulatory and legislative challenges facing credit unions today, it is critical that the next generation of credit union leaders have an understanding of these issues, know how to effectively advocate and are able to continue the credit union’s philosophy of people of helping people."

“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.”

Crash the GAC and other Crash events throughout the year are designed to spark new ways of thinking and build lasting relationships for young professionals within the credit union industry. Crashers will leave the nation’s capital with a new hunger to help strengthen their communities and organizations. This highly competitive opportunity is a launching pad for many young professionals’ careers and gives them the confidence and insight to make a profound and lasting impact in the industry.

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

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About Filene: 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 emerging credit union professionals, brought to you by Filene Research Institute and made possible by Credit Union National Association. To learn more, check it out live at 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 more than 15 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.

About the Iowa Credit Union League: The Iowa Credit Union League is the trade association that represents the interests of Iowa credit unions and their more than one million members. Credit unions are not-for-profit, financial cooperatives owned and operated by their members. Iowans use their credit union membership to receive higher interest rates on savings and lower interest rates on loans. For more information on ICUL, visit http://www.iowacreditunions.com. Follow ICUL on Twitter at www.twitter.com/icul or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iowacreditunions.

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