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The Cooperative Trust Focuses on the Power of Network

New leadership, programs and opportunities are slated for 2020 starting with CUNA GAC Crash applications.

Applications are now open for the annual “Crash the GAC” at CUNA’s 2020 Governmental Affairs Conference. HURRY! Applications close November 30.

While networking has always been a standard business practice, the power of those connections to give people a voice and to make an impact on the world is often left unharnessed.

The Cooperative Trust is the credit union industry's largest young professional community and manages the renowned “Crash” program 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.

The goal of the Cooperative Trust and the Crash program is to bring all voices to the table so credit unions can stay relevant into the future. We are a community of hard-working, savvy, future-thinking professionals with a passion for making the world a better place. The power of this program comes through not only attending industry conferences, but also getting special content and access to the best of the best in the financial industry—opportunities that many others in this industry wouldn’t typically get.

The other essential element is networks and tools to grow professionally through the mentorship program and the Cooperative Trust website where people can connect and learn from like-minded young professionals all over North America.

This network is not only advantageous for young professionals looking to grow and advance their careers, but also for leaders and CEOs looking to better serve, attract and retain young talent and members. The Cooperative Trust program is preparing the credit union industry for a future with members of its young professional group stepping into leadership roles in the credit union industry.

If you're looking to really understand your Millennial and Gen Z audience, the members of the Cooperative Trust are willing to talk. They're willing to share. We're at a point where it's really about the conversations and how we can bridge the gap to finally allow a constant flow of communication where it's respectful and effective to make actual change happen within our organizations. We just need people that are willing to be the conduit of that change, and the Cooperative Trust is exactly that.

Credit union young professionals can now apply to be a Crasher for all 2020 crashes. You can crash Filene’s research events, Filene’s annual big.bright.minds. and major industry conferences in the coming year. Get professional development tools, meet with industry leaders, network with peers and experience each event in a dynamic way.

Learn more about the program and experiences of those involved in the 2019 GAC Crash through Filene’s podcast at

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the primary sponsor of the Cooperative Trust and makes the Crash program possible for hundreds of young professionals each year. Once again in 2020, Filene will bring its largest group of Crashers to attend CUNA’s GAC.