Second consecutive sell-out conference strikes chord with Illinois YPs Naperville, IL., October 19, 2015 – As a continuation to last year’s successful inaugural event, CU Reach held its second annual conference to inspire and prepare young professionals for life-long careers in the Illinois credit union movement.
With an 80’s-fueled theme of “Totally Credit Unions”, the 2015 Young Professionals Conference provided a unique opportunity for participants, age 40 and under, to learn more about the values and philosophies of the movement. This forum is designed as a primary outlet for those who desire to be innovative and grow. In response to the preferences of young professionals, the structure of this gathering purposely challenged conventional conference norms.
“This was not your typical work-related conference. The range of topics was diverse, the interactive nature of the sessions kept it lively, and the focus on professional development was very intriguing,” said Jeff Drake, Credit Manager for Land of Lincoln Credit Union and a first-time attendee. “I truly feel that I am more motivated and more informed since attending.”
The two-day event included interactive team building and networking activities, discussions about career opportunities and establishing a personal brand. Additionally infused was peer-to-peer sharing about how this conference has contributed to the success of young professionals in their careers. One of the highly popular sessions repeated from last year was the CEO Executive Panel, a open dialogue for young professionals to “pick the brains” of seasoned leaders.
“Many of us (young professionals) have one concern that keeps us awake at night, and that is: ‘Where do I go from here?” said Denice Saucedo, Business Development Manager for North Side Community Federal Credit Union. “The CEO Panel helped to remind us they were all once in our shoes, and with passion and hard work, we too can follow in their footsteps.”
From all the positive feedback from the sell-out crowd of more than 75 participants, this conference has resonated as an exclusive venue for those young in their careers to experience real world interactions. “As a new CU Reach Advisory Board Member, I am eager to be part of a team that advocates for young professionals and helps them de
velop,” concluded Saucedo.