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A record breaking Leadership Development Conference

In 2012, the LSCU Leadership Development Conference was rebranded to include the word "leadership." Over three days, Nov. 6-9 in Point Clear, AL, credit unions had the opportunity to listen to leadership thinkers and take part in educational breakout sessions that included leadership skills. The Opening General Session featured Jack Wolf talking about a Shift to Performance-Based Leadership. Wolf took each attendee through a series of steps to put management and the board on the same page. He gave attendees skills to take back to their credit unions to show a greater emphasis on performance through leadership. Demographer Ken Gronbach challenged attendees to look at the opportunities in front of them in the Closing General Session. Gronbach follows shifting demographics and shows credit unions where the people are. He says that once the economy picks up Baby Boomers will retire and head south to Alabama and Florida. He said Gen Y is the largest population in the history of the United States and they want a financial institution exactly like a credit union, but they better have mobile technology.

CUNA Chief Economist Bill Hampel walked credit unions through the great recession and the factors that led to it. He also showed how the economy is improving slightly and the numbers are starting to return to the positive. Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) was the guest speaker at the Governmental Affairs luncheon. He asked credit unions to work with him during this next session. He said that issues that are near the attendees hearts should motivate them to get in touch with him or their representatives to give their opinion. He also said that meeting with him in Washington, D.C. or in district are important to him.

The Leadership Development Conference featured 11 educational breakout sessions on topics such as Marketing to Millennials, Making Your Board the Best It Can Be, Lending Oversight, Breaking Out of the Lending Boxes that Bind You, Directors:Peer to Peer and Authentic Leadership. Three Director's Institute Workshops were presented to attendees, as well as the Credit Union Leader's Role in Advocacy and three asset sized roundtable discussions.

Attendees were presented with more than four hours of exhibit hall time. The Leadership Development Conference is the perfect venue to build a new working relationship with a vendor or to get to know one. The week kicked off with the Children's Miracle Network golf outing that was sold out. You can see a full gallery of photos from the conference on the LSCU Facebook page. 

Jack Wolf challenges credit unions to shift to performance based leadership.

Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) talks with an attendee following his luncheon message.