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HYPE prepares young professionals to advocate in D.C.

by Christine Henzig, Director of Communications Dec 15, 2017

Wisconsin Young Professionals (YPs) age 35 and younger who register for the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference Feb. 25-March 1, along with first-time CUNA GAC attendees - will have their own gathering in Washington, D.C. to help maximize their experience in federal advocacy. There's no cost for participants to attend the exclusive Wisconsin event.


HYPE - Helping Young Professionals Engage is a special event designed to help YPs effectively interact with federal legislators, regulators and national leaders within the credit union movement. HYPE attendees are invited to BYOB - bring your own boss - to an exclusive dinner. 

YPs will learn:

  • What their participation can help accomplish
  • How past federal legislative efforts have achieved success
  • Who represents Wisconsin in Congress, on what Committees and their influence on key issues affecting credit unions
  • How to share materials prepared for Capitol Hill visits
  • Which local stories to share that can advance our Activism on key issues
  • What's going on at CUNA GAC to make the most of session options
  • How to leverage the experience to improve local grassroots impact & fundraising


Special programming for YPs will help them make the most of their D.C. experience and do the most good advocating on behalf of their members.

Plus, YPs - many of whom are on the front line of serving members - have the single best weapon we need to defend credit unions' tax status: stories about how credit unions serve members in ways that other financial institutions can't or won't: with small loans, business loans a bank won't touch, financial counseling, financial education in schools, and countless other REAL Solutions®. 


Sunday, February 25 (all day)


Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel


To participate, HYPE attendees must:


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Wisconsin credit unions come together as a single League to Unite for Good; we remove barriers, increase awareness and foster service excellence. All of these steps help more Americans to see credit unions as their best financial partner and regard their credit union as their primary financial institution. Read more articles in our Unite for Good series.