Jan 31 '22

Crashers Return In Person to CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference

Cortney Arnold
Cortney Arnold
Community Development Director
Filene Research Institute

Fifty-One Crashers from nearly every state join Filene to "crash" CUNA GAC in D.C. at the end of the month.

Cortney Arnold
Cortney Arnold
Community Development Director
Filene Research Institute

The 2022 class of GAC Crashers includes emerging credit union leaders representing diverse roles, experiences and backgrounds across 47 states.

“Congratulations to this year’s class of GAC Crashers, an exciting and engaged group of young credit union professionals,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “They are the future of the credit union movement, our future leaders who will ensure we remain relevant to future generations, and they’ll have plenty to experience at CUNA GAC.”

Crashers are selected through a highly competitive process. Out of 147 applications, 51 were invited to Crash the GAC, all earning free registration to GAC, courtesy of CUNA.

“This group of rising professionals are change leaders in our industry and it's an honor to witness the evolution of leadership and culture taking place."

"The Cooperative Trust is thrilled to welcome a new group of emerging leaders to Crash the GAC in 2022,” said Filene’s Community Development Director, Cortney Angeley. “This group of rising professionals are change leaders in our industry and it's an honor to witness the evolution of leadership and culture taking place. We know these Crashers will bring spirit, passion, and hopefully a little bit of good fun and disruption to CUNA GAC."

Crash the GAC is the largest Crash Filene organizes every year. It is a non-stop, career-changing program for young professionals that allows them to participate in the industry’s largest advocacy conference. This year’s speaker line up includes Filene CEO Mark Meyer, National Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Gigi Hyland, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, authors Andy Janning and Antonio Neves, and an exclusive session with Chad Helminak and Leo Ardine on Building our Capacity for Empathy.

Just as the CUNA conference returns this year, so too does the famous Thunderpunch event hosted by the Crashers in partnership with SavvyMoney on Monday, February 28.

The Cooperative Trust is the credit union industry’s largest young professional community. The Crash Program is designed to empower credit union young professionals through professional development and by finding and amplifying their voices to advocate for the role of young people in the industry. This year, The Cooperative Trust is launching the 2nd cohort of Crash Course: Filene’s Centers of Excellence to gain a holistic perspective on credit unions and how our industry can continue to serve members into the 21st century and beyond.

Crash the GAC is brought to you by The Cooperative Trust from Filene Research Institute and is made possible by the generous support of CUNA, and with help from League partners.