What a year we have had so far! Let’s start with the polar vortex, which helped set records for having the coldest weather we have ever seen in certain places. It was caused by the cold air from the North Pole being pushed south into North America, which made it colder than Antarctica (not a figure of speech, it’s true this time). Something that the Midwest did not look forward to was the cold, while preparing for The CUNA Government Affairs Conference which will takes place in Washington D.C. on March 10–14.
Credit unions are known for helping their members’ financial well-being by offering low interest rates and extraordinary customer service. The CUNA GAC event is set to attract credit union executives from all over the United States in an effort to talk about political and regulatory burdens being faced by many credit unions. With more than five thousand people attending, spreading the word about issues in the industry has caught many a person’s eye. One may wonder what types of topics are going to be talked about and how they will be addressed. Furthermore, being part of this event will prompt interacting with many top executives from credit unions all across the U.S., and having the chance to network with industry leaders can help create future relationships one may hope to have.
During the event, there are inspirational keynote presenters who have backgrounds in government and politics, and those who know the ins and outs of the credit union industry. One of the missions of GAC is to remind legislators and regulators why credit unions are so important to consumers across the United States. It is also a resource for tools on how to speak to congress representatives, and persuade them to alleviate regulatory burdens currently faced by thousands of credit unions. In a room full of top executives and board members, listening and engaging with many representatives helps obtain and cultivate new relationships within different companies. There is always a positive way any business can advance and grow, so associating with others who are talking about their own experiences can lead to a positive outlook for your growth.
The conference lasts from March 10–14. Each day has a different schedule in order for people to interact with one another and grasp what the topics of the event are about. The event days are broken up with meals, optional events, speakers, briefings, tours, and an awards reception. Having all of these activities helps the attendees feel at ease and makes everyone look forward to what’s next. Just like any other conference, being part of a huge event like this has its positive benefits. Accessing all the information that is made available can really help. Having certain views about specific topics will provide new perspectives when attendees are back at their own companies. The event helps to inspire those who feel as if there needs to be a change in the way things run. So, having the opportunity to take away information in turn to inspire and help revolutionize others, is something very cool.