To foster and empower the aspiring emerging leaders in our industry here in New Jersey, we’ve added a dedicated Emerging Leaders track for our education at the 2018 Convention, focused on that next generation being groomed to move up the management ladder. It includes hands-on sessions on how to evolve thinking from the tactical to the strategic, developing content and presentation skills, and how credit unions provide a foundation for social good. Check out the lineup of speakers and sessions geared toward this unique group of potential leaders below. 


Thanks to the generosity of two anonymous sponsors, the League is happy to announce that we are offering Convention scholarships for Emerging Leaders to give the next generation of leaders a chance to receive valuable education and to network with their peers as well as credit union executives at our 2018 Annual Convention.

The scholarship will off-set the cost of the $199 registration fee for the League's new Emerging Leaders track. The application to apply for the Emerging Leader scholarship can be accessed at There are 25 scholarships available. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 21st. 

Please reach out to Barbara Agin at with any questions.



Succeeding in a Challenging Market: Strategies & Tactics for Emerging Leaders, Tracy Morgan
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Your credit union is unique. And you can learn from others’ successes and failures. In this interactive session with significant dialogue among attendees we’ll discuss what it means to think strategically. We will look at examples and analyze why they worked or didn’t work in a given context. We will review a range of proven planning processes, frameworks and tools that will help your unique organization develop the strategies and tactics to find your path to succeed in this challenging market. You’ll be able to put these processes and tools into practice right away at your credit union so that you can contribute to your organization’s success while simultaneously building skills to take the next step in your career.  

Owning Your Content and Knowing Your Audience, Bo McDonald
3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
From an audience of one to a room full of thousands, learn how to lean into your audience and communicate more effectively. You’ll learn about how the DISC assessment is your best friend when it comes to communicating with your team members and how knowing your content will save you from embarrassment like I had my first time in a room full of conference attendees.

A Foundation of Social Good: Your Members, Their Credit Union, Andy Johnson
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
In this session all participants will be talked through, and participate in, a telling of the history of credit unions. What does it mean for a credit union to be a financial institution but also a social organization? How did they get started? Being a leader in a credit union requires the understanding of a number of factors, but at the heart of everything a leader does should be what credit unions do for our communities. The National Credit Union Foundation's Andy Johnson will give emerging leaders a history lesson on credit unions and their mission, and how this should drive their decision-making. 


Change Is Not Top Down, Linda Nedelcoff
1:40 PM to 2:40 PM

In 2015, CUNA Mutual Group conducted an internal survey to better understand their employees’ morale and sense of purpose. Leadership couldn’t believe the results: theirs was a workforce registering higher than the industry benchmark on every measure. But the following year – when the organization shifted from developing their multi-year strategy, to enacting it – employees felt disengaged. The same survey showed declines in all but one category. CUNA Mutual Group’s leaders knew that to meet the challenging goals they had set, and remain a strong partner for the broader credit union movement, they needed to truly engage employees in their corporate strategy. The 2017 survey results returned to desired levels but now a new challenge unfolded: how would leaders maintain employee engagement through continuous evolution of strategy and change? Join Linda Nedelcoff, Chief Human Resources Officer, as she takes us through CUNA Mutual Group’s employee engagement journey.

Resilient Leadership Skills for Women Executives, Part 1, DonnaLyn Giegerich
2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Being average is out. Being memorable is in. But how do we stand out as notable professionals in a world that spins to win at the speed of light? Join us for an interactive conversation on talent agility and how the best leaders are adapting their resilient leadership skills today. By attending this session, you'll consider a different way of working in the world that celebrates the power of languaging, learning and listening without missing a beat on performance and purpose. Attendees will also have an opportunity to apply the skills and engage in an assessment for improvement.

What's Trending In Leadership, Part 2, DonnaLyn Giegerich
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
You may be smart but are you effective? Intellectual firepower has limits. The highest performing teams prioritize executive presence stills. Attend this session for a discussion on what EP is, who’s got it and how to develop this career enhancing still. Break outs to hone your skills and develop your understanding of topics discussed will be part of this learning experience. Appropriate for all levels of leadership.