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Today’s Board Essentials Series

Feb 01 8:00 AM - Aug 01, 2023 9:00 AM
Feb 01, 2023 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Start Date is February 1

Don’t fall into the same old rut with board training. This selection of bite-sized board topics is perfect for use during board meetings! Each of the six modules is 20-40 minutes.  The topics are timeless, necessary knowledge for all directors. Order Today’s Board Essentials for your directors now!

Training Modules (20-40 minutes each)

  1. Director Liability: Fiduciary Duty & Duty of Care
  2. Restrictions on Loans to Directors
  3. The Board’s Role with BSA/AML/OFAC
  4. Implementing a Compliance Management System
  5. Fair Lending for Directors
  6. The Board’s Role with Cyber Security


Module Descriptions

  1. Director Liability: Fiduciary Duty & Duty of Care
    Serving as a credit union director could lead to personal liability. The potential for this increases when directors don’t understand the fiduciary duties they owe to the credit union and members – especially the duties of loyalty and care. Furthermore, directors are held to high standards of professional conduct, which require directors to make reasonable business decisions on a fully informed basis after proper deliberation. This session will fully explain the directors’ duties of loyalty and care and the reasonable business judgment rules to help protect directors from personal liability.
  2. Restrictions on Loans to Directors
    There are restrictions on loans made to a credit union’s directors and their related interests. Since preferential treatment of directors is prohibited, a loan to a director (or the director’s immediate family or business enterprise) must be based on comparable rates, terms, and conditions as loans to other members. In addition, if the director serves as a borrower, co-signer, or guarantor, loans aggregated in excess of $20,000 must be approved in advance by the board, and the interested director must abstain.  Regulators require strict compliance with these rules, so it’s imperative that all directors understand the restrictions.
  3. The Board’s Role with BSA/AML/OFAC
    The BSA/AML/OFAC program is one of the most important and high-risk functions at your credit union. Did you realize that directors are ultimately liable and responsible for the credit union’s compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Act, and the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)? Learn what directors need to know about BSA/AML/OFAC and how they can satisfy their supervisory role and ensure your credit union complies with these requirements.
  4. Implementing a Compliance Management System
    Credit unions operate in a highly regulated industry filled with inherent risk. To mitigate that risk, credit unions are required to develop and maintain a sound compliance management system that is integrated into their overall risk management strategy. The CU’s board is ultimately responsible for developing and administering this compliance management system to ensure adherence to all laws and regulations.  This module will explain how the board can satisfy their responsibilities.
  5. Fair Lending for Directors
    Fair lending is the consistent, objective, unbiased treatment of all consumers without regard to any basis prohibited by law (i.e., race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, etc.). The law has long permitted the use of disparate impact analysis to prove discrimination, which means that your credit union can be found liable for discrimination even if there was no intent to discriminate. Many credit unions have reported that their regulators are using statistical analysis and unpublished analytical formulas during fair lending exams, which have resulted in ‘false positive’ findings of disparate treatment, thus requiring the affected institutions to spend large amounts of time and money in disproving false fair lending allegations. Learn more about today’s regulatory environment and how your credit union can defend against disparate impact and discrimination claims.
  6. The Board’s Role with Cyber Security
    In November 2022, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) warned financial institutions about increased cyber-security risks and the need to identify, assess, and mitigate these risks due to the increasing volume and sophistication of cyber threats. The board is now expected to monitor and maintain sufficient awareness of cyber-security threats, be able to evaluate the risk, and respond accordingly. Discover what the board should understand about cyber-security threats and how your credit union should respond if a cyber incident results in unauthorized access to sensitive consumer information.

NOTE: All materials are subject to copyright. Transmission, retransmission, or republishing of any webinar to other institutions or those not employed by your institution is prohibited. Print materials may be copied for eligible participants only.


Elizabeth Fast, JD, CPA, Spencer Fane LLP 

Elizabeth Fast is a partner with Spencer Fane LLP where she specializes in the representation of financial institutions. Elizabeth is the head of the firm’s training division.  She received her law degree from the University of Kansas and her undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University. In addition, she has a Master of Business Administration degree and she is a Certified Public Accountant. Before joining Spencer Fane, she was General Counsel, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Secretary of a $9 billion bank with more than 130 branches, where she managed all legal, regulatory, and compliance functions.  




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