With a focus on the American Association of Credit Union Leagues’ (AACUL) recently updated mission, vision, and strategic pillars, credit union system leaders gathered in Dana Point, CA earlier this month for the 2023 AACUL Winter Conference — where more than 200 attendees from across the state credit union league system participated.
Also in attendance were the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Board of Directors, federal and state regulators, and key industry business partners. The conference celebrated a renewed energy across state leagues, with a sharp focus on legislative and regulatory advocacy and deepened collaboration throughout the system, all undergirded by their intentional and strategic movement toward the new America’s Credit Unions organization (official merger between CUNA and the National Association of Federally Insured Credit Unions in early 2024).
Diana Dykstra, president and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, was recognized with a special “thank you” for her years of service and leadership as an AACUL board member. Dykstra also participated in one of three key discussion panels where league presidents and other industry leaders shared their industry insights.
This year’s theme — Connecting Ideas, Vision and Impact — was inspired by AACUL’s recently updated mission: to leverage the collective power of state leagues to create advocacy wins for credit unions, and to build a strong network of credit union associations. League attendees joined their colleagues in one of five peer-focused collaboration tracks designed for league presidents and chairs, league advocacy professionals, league communicators, league foundation executives, and league service corporation executives. Attendees also had the opportunity to come together for a powerful general session, which was comprised of a notable lineup of professional speakers and industry stalwarts discussing key topics.
The general session was bookended by outside speakers:
Key industry updates were provided by a variety of business partners:
AACUL also held its annual meeting in conjunction with the conference, where a new AACUL Board of Directors took effect (and 2024 AACUL board officers were elected) — including:
Other AACUL board members include Director Patty Corkery (president and CEO of the Michigan Credit Union League) and Director Caroline Willard (president and CEO of the Cornerstone League). Ex-officio members of the AACUL board include Jeff Olson (immediate past chair), president and CEO of Dakota Credit Union Association; Jim Nussle, president and CEO of the CUNA (soon to be America’s Credit Unions); and Brad Miller, president of AACUL.