LSCU celebrates conclusion of successful Idea Institute

Idea institute mortgage screen shotThe LSCU groundbreaking Virtual Idea Institute successfully inspired out-of-the box thinking to an active audience of credit union professionals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22.

“Idea Institute is all about sharing ideas and hearing from those within our industry,” said Maureen Bock, senior director of education at LSCU.  “We heard some incredible presentations from movers and shakers in credit unions and others in the industry.”

The two-day conference allowed for networking by credit union industry executives, sponsors and insiders, who also attended six lively sessions, three virtual meals and an after-hours foundation event.

During the Sept. 21 virtual sessions, attendees heard about the economic impact of the pandemic and ways of using innovation for a better future – even during these uncertain times – from experts including Tom Slefinger senior vice president and director of institutional fixed income sales for Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union; Dwayne Naylor, president of Civic Federal Credit Union in North Carolina; Mark Caverly, president of Local Government Federal Credit Union in North Carolina; and Josh Cook, president/CEO of Community Choice Credit Union in Iowa.

“One attendee said Josh Cook’s optimism was infectious,” Maureen said. “He moved another to tears. All speakers shared great ideas, and inspiration with a powerful impact.”

The stellar lineup continued Sept. 22 with innovative discussions about mortgages, credit union service organizations, innovation and collaboration from stand out speakers such as 121 Credit Union COO Paul Blackstone, MSU Federal Credit Union President/CEO April Clobes and iServeall Principal Vim Anand. A virtual lunch addressed our health and mental wellness during these changing times.

Chattahoochee Federal Credit Union Manager Stacey Hand said she was pleased with her first Virtual Idea Institute.

“Idea Institute sparked new ideas on ways to motivate our staff in uncertain times as well as operational changes for the future,” Stacey said. “Josh Cook especially got me thinking – who is Chattahoochee Federal Credit Union? Does our vision and mission truly define who we are? Overall, a wonderful experience.”

The League originally intended to hold Idea Institute in Jekyll Island, Ga. as an in-person event. However, the new virtual format has allowed more credit union executives, young professional leaders and board members to attend.

“We were thrilled to be able to pivot and move our event into a virtual platform for credit unions so attendees could still benefit from the valuable information provided in the sessions,” Maureen said. “A number of the credit unions that attended are going to use the ideas they heard as inspiration within their own credit unions. And that’s what it’s all about!”

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