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Teddy Goff, co-founder of Precision Strategies and former digital director of the Obama for America 2012 campaign

CUs REACH UP, OUT, AND DEEP
updated 11/05/13 04:08 PM
Convention Spawns Ingenuity and Ideas
After three days of enlightening discussions and insight into how they can reach up, reach out, and reach deep, credit union executives and volunteers walked away from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' 2013 Annual Meeting and Convention—REACH—with a renewed vision for leading their cooperatives into another year of opportunities and challenges.

Click here to view all stories, photos, and video from the Annual Meeting and Convention and Chapter Forum/Reception!

Headlining Tuesday and Wednesday's general sessions were—in some attendees' own words—some "really amazing" and "progressive" speakers who shared ingenious yet simple ideas from outside the credit union industry that credit unions can implement to enhance their members' lives and the communities they serve.

Jane McGonigal
Jane McGonigal, director of the Institute for the Future, showed the audience how alternate reality games—or video games—can improve credit unions through the positive emotions players experience during gaming, invoking feelings of cooperation and heroism. The key is to channel these emotions in a game that addresses corporate and real-life situations, such as financial literacy.

"People who spend time playing video games have the ability to be more positive and more helpful," McGonigal said. Joy, relief, love, surprise, pride, curiosity, excitement, contentment, creativity, and awe and wonder is what keeps gamers engaged, she said. "This makes people feel more ambitious because we have optimism, more energy, and more social support" to be a catalyst for change.

Teddy Goff
Teddy Goff—co-founder of Precision Strategies and former digital director of the Obama for America 2012 campaign—catapulted the audience into insights gained from his digital world of campaigning with one mantra that attendees got a kick out of: "Don't be lame." Although consumers don't understand or care about board meetings and bylaws, it doesn't mean they aren't smart. "They just want information given to them in a way that's beneficial for them and helps them—information that's valuable to their lives and makes them feel better," he said.

Credit unions don't need to spend money on "a big production" that is "inspiring." Outreach can be simple, Goff said. "Whatever it is, it's got to add value to their lives," he said. "It needs to elevate them, and treat them with respect. Our campaign wasn't about focusing on our strategy or getting votes—it was really aimed at caring about people."

Luke Williams
Luke Williams—executive director at the Berkley Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at New York University—shared how many organizations focus too much on "outside entrepreneurs' ideas," and don't foster their own thinking from people working inside their own companies—individuals he terms as "intra-preneurs." His focus on "disruptive innovation" hooked the audience, as he encouraged leaders to break their industry's status quo and come up with unconventional ideas to achieve success.

"Removing inhibitions is good, but it's insufficient," Williams said, noting how some organizations put too much attention on creative corporate lifestyles that supposedly generate innovation. Instead, organizations, including credit unions, can use an incremental approach, taking small bets in a variety of new areas. Success is bound to arrive with at least one of those bets. "Those who are innovative embrace the process, and in my opinion, they outrace the 'creatives' in the world."

Neil Goldman
Neil Goldman, CEO and senior partner of Goldman Consulting and Strategy, invigorated the crowed during Wednesday's closing luncheon when he expounded on why credit unions need to "aspire, amuse, and achieve." He showed why credit unions need to first define what they are reaching for if they intend to "reach up, reach out, and reach deep."

"What's your superpower?" Goldman asked. "What's your mantra? What's your battle cry? What do you stand for? What's your cause? And what's your calling?"

He reminded those in front of him that results come from behaviors, and behaviors come from beliefs. Credit union leaders need to "spend more time dreaming" and be less judgmental in the learning process. "There's nothing more motivating than winning," he said, "and winning with desire."

Attendees REACH Up, Out, and Deep
Surrounding the "headliners" were a round of executive series, tours of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, breakout sessions, REACHtalks, networking lunches, an on-stage recognition of League Award winners, a political advocacy update, and a visit from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Regional Director Ed Chow.

Additionally, attendees enjoyed the PAC Contributors Reception, a hip and fun Platinum Lounge, which gave them the opportunity to network and have fun late into the night, and a special session hosted by the Filene Research Institute called The Filene Impact Road Show.

The Filene event gave CEOs the opportunity to hear what the organization accomplishes for credit union through it's "Think, Do, Change" philosophy. Tansley Stearns, impact director for Filene Research Institute, gave attendees a run-down of innovative solutions tailored just for credit unions based on proven market research. Additionally, she provided insightful tips on leveraging innovation to solve problems.

 
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FIRST CU REG. RELIEF BILL PASSED updated 03/26/15 09:21 AM
H.R. 299 Approved by Committee
The House Committee on Financial Services passed H.R. 299—the Capital Access for Small Community Financial Institutions Act—granting privately-insured credit unions access to the Federal Home Loan Bank. The bill now moves to House floor for consideration hopefully before June.

FIs TRUSTED OVER RETAILERS updated 03/25/15 03:00 PM
Better Data Protection
According to a recent Gallup poll, 91 percent of consumers trust credit unions and banks to better safeguard their personal information and keep data secure, compared to less than 70 percent of consumers who trust merchants. More than 11,000 U.S. adults age 18 and older were surveyed for the poll.

OVERDRAFT PROPOSAL OPPOSED updated 03/24/15 08:56 AM
Treatment of Prepaid Cards
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have submitted a comment letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that strongly opposes the bureau’s proposed treatment of overdrafts on prepaid cards as credit and subject to Regulation Z requirements.

GRR IS LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AWAY updated 03/23/15 10:54 AM
Crucial Event for CA State Advocacy
The 2015 Government Relations Rally (GRR) is the most important state legislative event for credit unions in California— and it’s less than three weeks away. Will you be there to advocate for your credit union?

CEOs TALK RISK, OPPORTUNITY, FUTURE updated 03/19/15 05:04 PM
Cheney, Gunderson, and Hernandez
Threats to cybersecurity, defending against card fraud, and remaining relevant to consumers are top concerns for three credit union CEOs who recently participated on a special panel during a California Credit Union League Orange County Chapter meeting.

CA CEO TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS updated 03/18/15 10:18 AM
Also, Rep. Royce Reintroduces Bill
Patrick Miller, CEO of CBC FCU testified before today’s House Committee on Financial Services hearing titled “Preserving Consumer Choice and Financial Independence.” Miller was the witness on behalf of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). The bulk of his testimony centered on duplicative compliance burdens, as well as the modifications needed to strengthen the credit union charter.

NCUA WARNS ABOUT PHISHING SCAM updated 03/18/15 03:00 PM
‘National Credit Union’ Con
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has issued a warning to consumers that the agency has received reports of an online phishing scam which uses a website with a logo and a design similar to the agency’s own site in an attempt to convince customers/members to provide information or send money. Click here to read the warning.

SMALL, LARGE CUs MEET AT 'GAC' updated 03/16/15 11:31 AM
Also, Pete Aguilar Fundraiser
Nearly 50 CEOs and professionals from small credit unions and their large-sponsor counterparts attended the Partners in Advocacy reception last week at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ suite during the 2015 Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

MCWATTERS MEETS WITH CA, NV LEADERS updated 03/16/15 10:27 AM
CFPB Officials Address Rules
The room was packed last week when National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Member Mark McWatters made time to address attendees from California and Nevada during the 2015 Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C.

CU HILL VISITS: 'TREMENDOUS SUCCESS' updated 03/16/15 01:25 PM
Keeps Advocacy Top of Mind
More than 225 colleagues from California and Nevada credit unions joined thousands of their peers at the 2015 Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) last week, making visits to lawmakers’ offices and meeting with regulatory officials.

ADVOCATES GATHER IN WASHINGTON, D.C. updated 03/10/15 10:51 AM
2015 Governmental Affairs Conference
California and Nevada credit union leaders attending the Credit Union National Association’s 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington D.C. focused on pressing legislative and regulatory issues as they were briefed in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ suite on Monday afternoon and met intermittently on Tuesday.

COMMITMENT TO SUPP. CAPITAL AND RBC updated 03/10/15 09:57 AM
Plus, Modernizing FOM Limits
Credit union leaders from California and Nevada were surprised and pleased with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman Debbie Matz’s comments from this week regarding the use of supplemental capital for risk-based capital purposes.

PURCELL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED AT 'GAC' updated 03/10/15 07:50 AM
Honor ‘Means a Great Deal to Me’
This year’s Kelly J. Purcell Credit Union Memorial Fund Scholarship was awarded to Rebecca Herrigel, a student at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management who will graduate this year with a master’s degree in political management.

REG. RELIEF HEARING ANNOUNCED updated 03/09/15 10:06 AM
Signals Many Discussions Ahead
With the opening of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) on March 8, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues had its first of many announcements.

CEOs JOIN CU HOUSE HALL OF LEADERS updated 03/09/15 09:30 AM
Eric Bruen and Joe Schroeder
Desert Valleys FCU CEO Eric Bruen and Ventura County CU President Joe Schroeder were inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders during the Credit Union House meeting, prior to the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), which began on March 8. Both received this honor for their significant impact on the credit union movement, and are the third and fourth inductees from California since the program’s inception in 2008.

NCUA, CFPB TO MEET CA AND NV LEADERS updated 03/03/15 09:12 AM
RBC, Overdraft, and Other Topics
On board for California and Nevada attendees of the Credit Union National Association’s 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) is a special visit from officials with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' hospitality suite.

THREE TOPICS SHAPING ‘GAC’ THIS YEAR updated 03/02/15 05:08 PM
Data Security Will Top GRR
Next week the Credit Union National Association’s 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) will kick off in Washington D.C.—a conference that, unlike others, is focused on bringing the credit union message to Congress and the administration.

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN CU CEO RETIRIN updated 03/02/15 04:20 PM
Holbrook Served For 36 Years
Evangelical Christian CU's Mark Holbrook will retire in May after 36 years as CEO. He is widely acknowledged for growing the 50-year-old institution to an alliance of more than 11,000 members and ministries in 130 countries.

ROYCE REINTRODUCES MBL CAP BILL updated 03/02/15 03:31 PM
Raises Limit to 27.5 Percent of Assets
Today, Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) reintroduced legislation raising the member business lending (MBL) from 12.25 percent to 27.5 percent of assets.

CUs LEND UNIQUE VOICE TO NEWS MEDIA updated 03/02/15 02:55 PM
Stories Garner Spotlight in CA, NV
Only two months into 2015, local news media across California and Nevada are highlighting credit unions’ positive impact on their communities as the economy continues strengthening and the industry seeks how it can uniquely serve members.

VETERANS MBL BILL INTRODUCED updated 02/27/15 01:27 PM
Service Member Loans Exempt From Cap
This morning, Reps. Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Jeff Miller (R-FL) introduced H.R. 1133, legislation that will help the nation’s veterans establish themselves as small business entrepreneurs. With many service members already credit union members, this new bill would exempt small business loans issued to veterans from the member business lending (MBL) cap.

CUs TESTIFY ON FIN. LITERACY updated 02/25/15 10:50 AM
Nat'l. CU Foundation Speaks at FLEC
Gigi Hyland, executive director of the National Credit Union Foundation toured the movement's dedication to youth financial literacy today in a presentation to the U.S. Treasury's Financial Literacy Education Commission (FLEC).

WINE AUCTION RAISES RECORD AMOUNT updated 02/24/15 10:27 AM
More Than $1 Million for Children’s Hospitals
More than $1 million was raised for 11 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada during the annual Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction last Friday night—a record amount in the event’s 10-year history.

REACH INNOVATION GROUP KICKS OFF updated 02/23/15 03:15 PM
Two-Day Discovery Experience
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ REACH Innovation Group officially launched last week with a two-day experiential learning session, immersing the 17 participants in the Filene Method of Innovation.