The YP Leads and YP Champions at the NWCUA’s MAXX conference in Tacoma, Wash., in October.

Recently, as an employee of Oregon Community Credit Union, I had an opportunity to attend the Northwest Credit Union Association’s annual convention, MAXX 2018. After submitting an essay about my dedication to the credit union movement back in June, I was selected to receive a “free ride” to attend MAXX along with 18 other Young Professional Leads. These individuals have not only done great work within their credit unions, but socially within their communities; it was an honor to be among these passionate credit union leaders and advocates.

The YP Leads took turns volunteering to advocate for the Credit Union Legislative Action Council, assist the NWCUA Foundation and help with a Credit Unions for Kids auction to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In addition, the YP Leads had the opportunity to attend the trade show and general sessions, and select from a variety of breakout sessions. Participation in the convention provided not only an inside look at the industry but began to showcase the bigger picture of just how much credit unions are doing, and how we as individuals and as a collective can have an impact.

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