June 6-7, 2017 • Madison, Wisconsin

 
© Andy Janning (shot at previous CU Water Cooler events)

© Andy Janning (shot at previous CU Water Cooler events)

 

Purpose  |  People  |  Progress

At CU Water Cooler, we care about content and conversations. We’re challenging, yet respectful. We’re independent, yet collegial. For our events, we put together themes, topics and speakers that are important to the credit union movement. Disruption 17 will continue this tradition. This will be the most challenging, inspirational and collaborative event in credit unions in 2017.

Purpose

People before profits is the 100-year-old purpose of credit unions. Does this hold up in 2017?  Does the system architecture need to adapt? How do community impact and financial education fit into the overarching purpose of credit unions? 

People

There is a war for talent going on inside the credit union industry. With half of the standing CEOs set to retire, how will the leadership of credit unions adapt and change? How do we create and nurture culture? How do we engage, retain and recruit top talent?

Progress

There are now more Fintech startups than there are credit unions in the United States. How do credit unions keep up and collaborate with these disruptive forces? How will our product offerings evolve and how will we market our relevance?

We picked a venue limited to 175 attendees. Based on past CU Water Cooler events, the audience will be a mix of CEOs, VPs, managers and specialists from all parts of the credit union including leadership, marketing, IT, operations and HR. Plus, we always attract a number of progressive consultants and technology vendors. We encourage you and your peers to attend. You will find the content and conversations stimulating and useful.


 
“Disrupt: to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way; to interrupt the normal progress or activity of (something)”
— Merriam-Webster
 

 

Register

Tickets will be sold in two waves. Get in early, save your spot and your cash! Since Madison is the hub of the credit union industry, we expect tickets to sell out quickly. Attendance includes lunch, light snacks and beverages throughout each day. Breakfast and dinner are on your own. Save $200 with early bird pricing until January 31, 2017

$449 CU Employees
$649 Vendors
$1,249 CU Infinity Ticket*

 

*CU Infinity Ticket: By infinity, we actually mean up to six (6) employees from your credit union (which is still an amazing deal). This ticket type is only available to employees of a credit union and does not include vendors, consultants or CUSO employees.

Cancellation policy: All ticket purchases are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to future events. If you cannot attend the event, you can transfer your registration to another person for the 2017 event only.


Speakers and agenda

Two days of top-notch speakers await

We will be presenting an agenda filled with fresh topics and thought-provoking talent. The line-up will include a mix of outside experts and industry insiders. Each talk will be 20 minutes or less and we guarantee that each speaker will have something unique and interesting to share.

Here's our speaker line-up so far


At the center of the movement 

Madison, Wisconsin is known as one of the "best college towns" and one of the "happiest cities in the world." It's also know as "credit union mecca" and is home to many of the credit union movement's key associations and organizations including WOCCU, CUNA, CUNA Mutual, CUES and Filene Research Institute to name a few. We couldn't think of a better place to get together to discuss the future of credit unions! 

© Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau; clockwise from left: Focal Flame Photography, Emily Mills, Emily Mills and Joey Reuteman

© Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau; clockwise from left: Focal Flame Photography, Emily Mills, Emily Mills and Joey Reuteman


The venue and travel

We've all been to too many conferences in beige hotel conference rooms, sitting on uncomfortable stacking chairs, looking at crooked little screens, listening to awful sound and eating rubber chicken. We feel strongly that where we hold our events is as important as who's on the agenda—that's why we're excited to be at the Majestic Theatre, a legendary music venue in the heart of downtown Madison. This convenient location is 15 minutes from the Dane County Regional Airport.

© Majestic Theatre

© Majestic Theatre

Special rate at the Hyatt Place Downtown Madison

We've arranged a block of hotel rooms at the Hyatt Place Downtown Madison for our attendees at a rate of $165 per night, which includes free Wi-Fi and a hot breakfast each morning. Please make your reservations by May 1, 2017 to take advantage of the negotiated rate. 

Prefer to book by phone? Call the hotel directly at 800-592-9809 for reservations.  In order to get the group rate, just mention CU Water Cooler.

Theater

Majestic Theatre
115 King Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Hotel

Hyatt Place Downtown Madison
333 West Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703

 

Planning your trip

For those traveling by plane, there is no need to rent a car. There are plenty of hotels within walking distance. Entertainment and dining options are also a short walk away. Grab a cab to and from the airport and you'll be set!


Our sponsors

Title sponsors

Currency is a credit union-focused marketing firm. Our unique programs—It’s a Money Thing and Young & Free—focus on helping credit unions raise awareness, build relationships and foster financial empowerment with young adults and families. Our It’s a Money Thing program helps credit unions exceed the fifth co-operative principle—providing education and financial training for members and staff.

A productive frontline staff cannot be left wondering “what’s important?” or “how am I doing?” GameFI leverages game mechanics to drive frontline engagement with strategic priorities, shorten the employee performance feedback loop, make training fun, and optimize productivity, while building a sales and service culture.


Video Spots

Brought to you by Currency Marketing, It’s a Money Thing is a collection of effective and affordable financial education content designed to engage and teach young adults while setting your credit union apart. Your credit union can receive new content every month for a very affordable price.


Sponsorship opportunities

Speaker Intro

Introduce speaker
(first-come, first-choice)
1 sponsor ticket
Logo on website
Mentions from stage
Logo on sponsor slides

$1,000

Video Spot

We play your promotional video
(up to 90 seconds) during event
1 sponsor ticket
Logo on website
Mentions from stage
Logo on sponsor slides

$1,500

Premium Couch

Front section couch for 3 guests
3 guest tickets • 2 sponsor tickets
Audience-facing banner on back of couch
Logo on website
Logo on event T-shirt
Mentions from stage
Logo on sponsor slides

$5,000

Want to sponsor