The following are included in your GAC registration: education sessions, legislative materials, legislative meeting assignments, breakfast, lunch and the evening reception on Tuesday and a number of networking opportunities. Don't forget, download the State GAC app to guide you throughout the conference.

Speaker Handouts

January 20

7:00 – 10:00 pm: WCULAF Fundraiser

January 21

7:45 – 8:45 am: Registration & Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 am: Meeting Lead Briefing

8:45 – 9:00 am: Welcome Address - Brett Thompson

9:00 – 9:30 am: Legislative Visits Briefing - Sarah Wainscott

9:45 am: Group Photo at the State Capitol, Rotunda

10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Legislative Visits at the State Capitol

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Networking Lunch & Debriefing Session

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Keynote Address

The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion: The Hispanic Community Opportunity in Wisconsin
Victor Corro | CEO, Coopera

Diversity and inclusion are beginning to be recognized as areas of opportunity and growth by the credit union industry. Consequently, credit unions, and other organizations in our space have adopted DEI statements, espousing their commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture. When it comes to DEI, statements are important and represent the bearing, the general direction an institution must take to become more diverse and inclusive. However, DEI declarations must be followed by thoughtful, concrete actions and internal transformation for our industry to represent the values and communities it serves.

As this emerging awareness continues, there is a growing need for a framework that enables credit unions to understand the cultural and ethnic makeup of the communities they serve, requiring new strategic thinking, deliberate action, and effective outreach efforts. Join us to explore the essential elements of a successful financial inclusion initiative, and discover ways to overcome barriers to successfully engage your community.

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 – 4:00 pm: Keynote Address

Putting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion into Practice: The Domestic Violence Recovery Loan Program
Paul Dionne | Research Project Associate, Filene

In addition to the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), credit unions adopting a DEI approach to member service are advancing cooperative principles, strengthening their members lives, and contributing to more robust communities. The Domestic Violence Recovery Loan Program provides a useful case study for understanding how to put DEI into practice at your credit union.

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm – Closing Remarks

Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions

Introduction by Review Board Members: Sherri Stumpf & Colleen Woggon 

4:15 pm – 6:30 pm: Reception with System Partners