Emerging Leaders

LEADLOGOCOLORsmallThe Emerging Leaders Program is designed to take up-and-coming credit union professionals to the next level and prepare them for leadership roles within the credit union movement.  Participants of the program will gain valuable background information about credit unions, credit union organizations and resources, and basic credit union financial knowledge. We will hear from exciting industry experts who will present on topics such as business and professional skills and how to think outside the box.  In addition, there will a whole day dedicated to Governmental Affairs with a trip to the state capital.

The conclusion of the program will occur at the League’s Annual Meeting & Convention where participants will make a short presentation and are recognized for completing the program.

Who should participate?

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

Day 1

Credit Union History & Philosophy

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, NCUA, and CMG. Representatives from the different organizations have been invited to present to the group.

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

Financial Basics and Leadership Skills

Location:  League Office, 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 developing essential business skills.

Day 3

Team Building & Project Development

Location:  League Office, Louisville, KY

The third meeting will focus on team building. The group will participate in an in-depth team building activity and the rest of the day will be devoted to working on group projects for the Annual Meeting.

Day 4

Political Advocacy

Location:  State Capitol Building, Frankfort, KY

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.


Registration is not open at this time.

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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