Young Professionals Virtual Network Meeting

The Cooperative Credit Union Association recently held its first Young Professional Virtual Network Meeting.  The Association recognizes that the future of our industry lies in the strength of our young credit union professionals. Credit Union professionals aged 40 and under, working in a CCUA affiliated credit union, represented thirty credit unions from Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

The first young professional speaker Danielle Gallagher, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Eagle One FCU shared her career journey from a seasonal Member Service Representative to her recent promotion in January 2020 to credit union CEOShe discussed her challenges and accomplishments at Eagle One FCU and offered advice and encouragement for her fellow young credit union professionals. Danielle shared this advice with the group, “Don’t give up on your dreams. Work hard even when you think no one is watching. Go the extra mile. Make contacts, grow contacts. Sometimes, you need to start small but there will always be opportunity to grow. Say yes to new tasks. Further your CU knowledge. You never know what the future may hold for you.  (I know I didn’t!)”

Aimee Morin, Training & Development Supervisor, Young Professionals Group, Chair at St. Mary's Bank concluded with her presentation reviewing the inception of St. Mary’s Bank Young Professionals Group (YPG) that she currently chairs.  Aimee had a vision and persevered by presenting her YPG idea to senior management after networking with other Young Professionals at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference.  She concluded with details of the YPG charter, their accomplishments and challenges the group has faced since it’s inception in 2019.   Her presentation sparked interest with the YP attendees to continue networking and learn more about CUNA’s GAC Crash program.

The meeting concluded with attendees joining small breakout rooms assigned by similar departments/ positions. (i.e. Collections, Compliance, Lending, Marketing and Senior Management). The format enhanced conversations with similar areas of credit union responsibility.