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POSTPONED: Crystal Clear Insights with Convention's Keynote Speakers!

Convention 2020 speakers
Mar 09, 2020
By Sammy Dennis
  • Education & Events

The League is closely monitoring the ongoing novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our members and employees. At this time, all League in-person education and training events—including the 2020 Annual Convention & Expo—have been postponed indefinitely.

More information on Convention postponement can be found here. For those who have registered for any other in-person events, our Education & Training Department staff will be in contact with you. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

A supercharged lineup of keynote speakers at The League’s Annual Convention & Expo (this coming May 6-9, 2020 at The Fox Cities Exhibition Center in Appleton) is sure to leave you setting your sights on big things for your credit union and The Movement!

Let's take a look at Convention's 2020 Vision keynote speakers: 

Erin Coleman

Senior Director, Advisory Services, at Filene Research Institute
General Session: "Tomorrow's Solutions from WILD"

Erin is a spirited credit union advocate with an internal compass that points to making the world a better place. She places deep value on learning, honesty and integrity. As Filene's Senior Director of Advisory Services, Erin helps credit unions create and execute on actionable strategies that will help solve their challenges and achieve their goals. With more than two decades experience in the credit union industry, Erin is your go-to-gal.

Erin will be part of presenting this year's WILD Initiative program, where, over the last six months, credit union professionals from across the state have been collaborating with one another to come up with the next WILD idea that will change The Credit Union Movement.

Dr. Samuel Jones

Professional Speaker, Coach, & Author at Dr. Samuel Jones Consulting, LLC
General Session: "Turning Points to Success"

Samuel is a highly sought after professional transformational speaker, author, and award winning entrepreneur who is best known for transforming and inspiring leaders and their organizations to Work with Purpose, Win with People™. Organizational leaders recognize the need for a transformation when employees suffer from resistance to change, low or no motivation to problem solve, communication issues, and other behaviors that lead to decreased productivity, increased mistakes and waste, poor employee engagement, which all leads to reduced profits. 

Through research and personal development, Samuel created programs to inspire people to higher levels of achievement, to imagine clarity to pursue work that fulfill a passion and purpose, and to activate ideas that can be immediately implemented to unleash more profits, higher productivity, and greater performance.

In his general session, "Turning Points to Success," Dr. Jones will help attendees learn how to recognize current beliefs and behaviors so they can make the moments that change the course of their lives purposeful for themselves and those they serve.

John Quiñones

Host of ABC's What Would You Do?
General Session: "A 20/20 Vision for America"

A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took John from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News and the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime.  Along the way, he broke through barriers, won the highest accolades, and became a role model for many. Known for truly connecting with audiences and leaving them uplifted and inspired, John delivers a powerful message of believing in one’s self, never giving up and always, always doing the right thing. 

As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the highly-rated, hidden camera ethical dilemma newsmagazine, John has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans.

In his general session, "A 20/20 Vision for America," John will provide his views on how a greater, stronger America is built upon our country's dynamic cultural diversity. 

Dave Sanderson

Founder & President at Dave Sanderson International
General Session: "Your Distinct Advantage: Miracle on the Hudson's Hero"

On January 15, 2009, following a bird strike-induced loss of both engines, Dave found himself in a crashed plane in New York’s freezing Hudson River. He was one of the 155 passengers and was largely responsible for making certain others made it out safely from US Airways Flight 1549 – known today as “The Miracle on the Hudson.”

Since the Miracle on the Hudson, Dave has spoken over 1,800 times around the world and had the opportunity to meet and work with leaders from several industries. Using his 30+ years in being a top sales producer, ten years of being the head of security for Anthony Robbins and his unique experience of surviving a plane crash, he has learned and speaks about using your personal leadership skills to find your DISTINCT ADVANTAGE- your PITTChE (Point In Time That Changes Everything).

In his general session, "Your Distinct Advantage: Miracle on the Hudson's Hero," Dave will show attendees how to actually grow from traumatic life experiences and will reveal practical strategies that they can use to not only survive their own "personal plane crash" moment, but growth and thrive. 

Shahar Ziv

Sr. Director Global Strategy & Growth at Paypal
General Session: "How to Win in Today's Crowded Digital Marketplace" 

Shahar leverages his 15 years of experience at the intersection of financial services, payments and technology to shape the PayPal’s vision of democratizing financial services. He is a firm believer that technology can empower people with better financial products at lower costs to make lives easier and more convenient.

Shahar is privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of the Harvard University Employees Credit Union (HUECU) and is passionate about empowering people to improve their financial health. In partnership with HUECU, he co-founded a popular personal finance class at Harvard University in 2011 that has helped hundreds of undergraduates improve their personal finances.

In "How to Win in Today's Crowded Digital Marketplace," Shahar will explore studies from his experience at PayPal and from the broader ecosystem to develop a framework to understand the driving forces reshaping the payments landscape. He will help attendees demystify the hype around innovative technologies, like artificial intelligence, providing examples of how credit unions could leverage them to enhance the member experience. He will also show how credit unions can reframe disruption as opportunity to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-crowded space. 

You can view any additional breakout sessions of keynote speakers here, as well as all those who will be presenting at Convention.  

Registration is open—save $30 with early bird registration if you purchase by March 31. Young Professionals who are part of the YP Network can save an additional $100 (plus, new this year: first time board member attendees are also eligible for $100 off registration).

We thank all of our generous sponsors that make Convention possible, including CUNA Mutual Group (Diamond Sponsor), Corporate Central Credit Union (Diamond Sponsor), Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (Diamond Sponsor), and La Macchia Group (Emerald Sponsor). Additional sponsorships are still available.

About The Author

Sammy Dennis is the Director of Communications at The Wisconsin Credit Union League
Keynote speakers L-R, Dr. Samuel Jones, Erin Coleman, John Quiñones, Shahar Ziv, and Dave Sanderson.