Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders Program Overview

LEAD LOGO COLOR SMALLToday’s credit union professionals are the future of the credit union movement. The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to take your star employees to the next level and prepare them for leadership roles within the credit union movement.

This program offers invaluable information about credit unions and its history. Participants will also be introduced to other credit union organizations, discover new resources, learn about basic credit union financials, review essential business skills, and be exposed to governmental affairs with a trip to Frankfort.

The program will conclude at the League’s Annual Meeting & Convention, where participants will receive a certificate of completion during the opening general session as well as partake in a group presentation* during a breakout session.

Cost–$599 per participant
The cost for the program will be $599/participant. Cost includes program materials, meals and refreshments on meeting days, and 1-day registration to the Annual Meeting & Convention on October 13, 2017 at the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, KY. Travel expenses are not included.

*Participants will be required to work on a group project, which may require additional hours and/or travel outside of your credit union’s normal work hours. Group project may require coordination between credit unions.

Who Should Participate?
This 4-phase program provides leadership development opportunities to emerging credit union professionals who have shown leadership and initiative within the credit union industry.

Day 1

Credit Union History & Philosophy
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Location:  League Office, Louisville, KY

Participants will focus on the history of credit unions.  A Kentucky credit union CEO will speak about the history of credit unions and how it has shaped credit unions today. A credit union board member will also speak to the group about the philosophy of credit unions.

The second half of the day will consist of introductions to different credit union resources: 
  • CUNA Mutual Group - David Kettleheke

  • NCUA - Mark Skaggs

  • CUNA - Susan Toalson

Participants will also be introduced to the KY Credit Union League staff and learn more about the League’s role in the credit union movement.

Day 2

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April 18, 2017
Location:  Bluegrass Indoor Karting, Louisville, KY

The first half of the day will be a lesson in Credit Union Financial Basics. This presentation will cover:

·       Capital

·       Rate Changes

·       Financial Statement Basics

·       Camel Rating and more

The second half of the day will focus on proven methods on how to overcome group dynamics, solve problems and lead well.

Day 3

Team Building & Project Development
July 11, 2017
Location:  League Office, Louisville, KY

The third meeting will focus on developing essential business and presentation skills. Participants will learn how to structure their message that connects and motivates people to action.

The rest of the day will be devoted to working on group projects for the Annual Meeting.


Day 4

Political Advocacy
September 6, 2017 (Tentative)
Location:  State Capitol Building, Frankfort, KYfrankfort-017

During a trip to Frankfort, participants will focus on the importance of political advocacy and grassroots activities. Debbie Painter, EVP/Public Relations & Governmental Affairs, will explain three simple advocacy tools, discuss how to build a strong political/grassroots culture, and review how legislation moves in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Participants may have the opportunity to attend an Interim House & Senate Banking and Insurance Committee meeting. In addition, participants will be taken to Frankfort for a tour of the Capitol Building.

Group Project

The purpose of the Kentucky Credit Union League’s Emerging Leaders Program is to empower credit union leaders for tomorrow.  In the program, participants will enhance their individual leadership skills and learn how to work effectively with other leaders.

Program participants will be divided into groups in which they will complete a community-based service learning project.  Community service is action within a community involving people coming together to work on a common good.  Combining the definition with learning is what community-based service learning is all about – activities that meet genuine community needs and require the application of knowledge, skill, and reflection time.  Participants will be engaged with assessing community needs, and reflecting before, during, and after the service experience.

The project will be presented by each group as a breakout session at the League’s Annual Meeting and Convention.  

Note:  The program allows some time on meeting dates for groups to discuss project plans.  However, additional hours outside of scheduled work hours may be required.


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Kentucky Credit Union League
3615 Newburg Rd.
Louisville, KY 40218

Call: 502-459-8026 or 800-333-5285
Fax: 502-459-0189
Email: kycul@kycul.org