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The latest in a series about the value of League membership


The League's in-person, telephone and online programs better equipped credit unions' front line staff, board members, and management to fulfill their roles. In 2013 we: 


  • Offered more than 200 training programs to more than 2,630 participants, chiefly in the areas of lending and compliance.


  • Provided a majority of our training online and as teleconferences to satisfy credit unions' wish for the most affordable and convenient learning options.


  • Introduced a monthly series of discussions on Twitter called Tweet Chats to help credit unions share best practices on topics like leadership, financial education, credit union philosophy, strategic planning and more.


  • Continued building our "on demand" library of training options that allow participants to learn any time by going online. These options – focusing mainly on front line compliance and director training - include 30-minute quick courses or 1-1/2 hour comprehensive courses. We also provided more than a half dozen webinars on issues related to exams.


  • Expanded the Young Professionals (YP) Network, a free career development and leadership training program open to CU staff and directors ages 35 and younger. YPs from every credit union chapter were invited to local networking "meetups" and four statewide YP Boot Camps that focused on career development, innovation and advocacy. We also awarded scholarships to YPs to "Crash" our Convention & our state Government Affairs Conference, where they received tailored training and exclusive presentations from top industry leaders. We expanded the YP Network website and enlisted greater involvement by system partners to offer YPs greater exposure to CU issues as well as learning and leadership opportunities. YPs showed great interest in a Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation Scholarship of up to $2,000 to attend a CU system conference and a new Development Grant to help their credit union improve operations and innovate.


  • Offered freebies and discounts. Each credit union with $20 million or less in assets could enroll free in two compliance webinars. Free CDs accompanied most League webinars. Additional discounts were provided for credit unions enrolling multiple participants and registering for multiple sessions. Convention included a significant discount for young professionals. We alerted credit unions monthly to dozens of free trainings offered throughout the credit union system. 


  • Enhanced opportunities for directors. In 2013 directors could access training in person – such as at convention or via our fall director’s conference. They could also tap webinars offered live or "on demand" 24/7, a  certificate program that brings instruction to them at a regular board meeting, or self-paced correspondence courses allowing learning at home, work or anywhere. Director training focused on the Bank Secrecy Act, detecting red flags on board reports, succession planning, strategic planning, board fiduciary duties and legal liabilities, directors’ roles and responsibilities, asset/liability management, financial reports and ratios and more. Our on-demand financial literacy training for directors helps state-chartered credit unions acquire some of the same competencies that the NCUA now requires of directors of federal credit unions.  


  • Facilitated roundtable discussions for credit unions for networking and idea sharing. Sessions were offered by asset size and area of expertise, such as mortgage lending, compliance, human resources and growth through outreach. 


  • Provided close to 900 Convention attendees four days of training on more than 25 topics – all for less than what you might pay for a single-topic training session anywhere else.  


"We've made learning as convenient and cost effective as possible for busy professionals facing a strict budget," said Jennifer Esser, Director of Education for The League. "Most of our training is online and because of our archive, available 24/7. We also strive to offer discounts and freebies to encourage participation where it might not otherwise be possible."


For example, The League’s state Government Affairs Conference  in Madison Feb. 12 will again offer $99 registration – close to half off the regular price – for young professionals ages 35 and younger and staff with active Members’ Conduit Accounts. One free registration is available to credit unions offering Payroll Deduction and another free registration is available to credit unions that add five new employees to Payroll Deduction before January 11.


Our entire article series about what we have accomplished together in 2013 as a united League is archived at

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