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Filene’s Denise Gabel to headline Feb. 10 Leadership Symposium

Credit union leaders have a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with the Filene’s Denise Gabel and regulators from Washington and Oregon at the year’s first Leadership Symposium in Portland on Feb. 10.

Filene Research Institute’s Denise Gabel has agreed to participate in the first 2012 Leadership Symposium, an event scheduled for Feb. 10 and sponsored by the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). Also on the symposium agenda is the regulatory forum, featuring regulators from Washington and Oregon.

“If you’re in leadership at a Northwest credit union, this is a meeting you need to put on your calendar,” said Stacy Augustine, NWCUA Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “If you think about two of the Association’s top strategic objectives—to improve and evolve the charter while lessening the regulatory burden on credit unions and to foster unity among credit unions—the symposium puts you in the conversation.”

Gabel will lead a discussion on the credit union climate since the membership explosion of “Bank Transfer Day.” She will help leaders answer critical questions, such as how their credit unions will retain these new members and how to invite them to take advantage of other product offerings such as loans.

Gabel will also share the latest research on prize-linked savings programs. Several Washington credit unions are considering offering such programs to members after successful efforts in the state legislature last year legalized prize-linked savings. Several Oregon credit unions have also expressed an interest in offering the program to members.

The symposium’s regulatory forum offers attendees an opportunity to share concerns with regulators from Washington, Oregon and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and gives regulators the opportunity to give leadership a heads-up on new policies or other changes.

Patrick Allen, the acting director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), had to cancel his planned appearance at the symposium because his confirmation hearing has now been scheduled for the same date in the Oregon Senate, Augustine said.

The Leadership Symposium is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and there is no charge for attendees. Registration is available online. The event will be held at the Oregon Medical Association Foundation Building in Portland, which is just off I-5, at 11740 SW 68th Parkway, Suite 100. Parking is free.

Prior to the symposium, the Oregon Government Affairs Committee will meet in the same building from 9 -11 a.m. to consider key policy issues relating to legislation and regulation that impacts credit unions. Oregon CEOs are also urged to bring a key stakeholder, such as a second-in-command or board chair, to the Oregon Legislative Summit at the state capitol the day before. This event will give credit union leaders a snapshot of the first official annual session. Although legislators’ time is limited during the abbreviated session, the Leadership Summit promises some quality engagement with elected officials in Salem.

“It’s a time commitment for the CEOs,” said Augustine, “but is a great opportunity to get a lot done in a fast-paced, two day period.”

The Association anticipates offering its popular Credit Union Day at the Capitol program during the longer 2013 regular session.

Additional information about the Salem Legislative Summit will be presented in Tuesday’s Anthem.

 

 

Questions? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:

Jennifer Wagner, Director of Legislative Advocacy
Mark Minickiello, Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Stacy Augustine, Senior Vice President & General Counsel

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