CU Water Cooler

 
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June 12-13, 2018 • Madison, Wisconsin

“The best credit union conference I have ever been to!”

Learn how to connect, inspire and deliver

The How To Conference by CU Water Cooler is all about getting stuff done. Our speakers are tasked with showing you how your credit union can impact your community and breakthrough. Widely considered the TED Talks of the credit union movement, the annual CU Water Cooler conference brings together top thinkers, leaders and doers in co-operative finance, technology, research and innovation for a two-day event like no other. We’re putting together a stellar speaker line-up and agenda and we'll be exploring how credit unions can connect, inspire and deliver.

We picked a venue limited to 175 attendees and we expect to sell out.. 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.

2017 Conference Feedback

It’s an intentional conference that’s not afraid to discuss taboo topics
I was extremely inspired and ready to see what 
I can ‘disrupt’ in my 
own credit union
I left feeling more purpose and accountability than I ever have before
A truly disruptive conference with some of the best speakers ever

 

Reserve your spot today

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. 

$649 CU Employees • $1,599 Four Pack • $2,099 Six Pack • $849 Vendors 

Early Bird Special: Purchase your tickets before January 31, 2018 and you will receive complimentary access to all of the 2017 talk videos (a $199.99 value)

 

 

Two days of top-notch speakers await

An agenda filled with fresh topics and thought-provoking talent will be posted soon. The line-up will include a mix of outside experts and industry insiders. We guarantee that each speaker will have something unique and interesting to share.

 

A few photos from our 2017 event at the Majestic in Madison. We'll be posting our complete speaker line-up soon.


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

Lodging

Hyatt Place Downtown MadisonBest Western Premier ParkThe Madison Concourse Hotel and Hilton Madison Monona Terrace are all within a five-minute walk to the Majestic. Also, Airbnb is an inexpensive alternative.

We will have a special room rate at a Downtown hotel posted early in the new year. 

Theater

Majestic Theatre
115 King Street, Madison, Wisconsin 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

Founding 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.


Champion Level

Q&A / NPS Sponsor  Member Loyalty Group is a CUSO that helps credit unions drive bottom-line results through organization wide Voice of the Member programs. Member Loyalty Group was formed by leading credit unions in 2008 to develop a common member loyalty benchmark for the credit union industry and was recognized as the 2012 winner of NACUSO’s Collaboration & Innovation Award. The CUSO has an exclusive relationship with Satmetrix, the Net Promoter® company, to provide credit unions with the most effective tools for managing a Voice of the Member program to collect and act on member feedback that increases loyalty, growth and retention.


Friends Level

Video Spot Sponsor  Brought to you by Currency Marketing, It’s a Money Thing is a full library of effective and affordable financial education content designed to engage and teach young adults while setting your credit union apart. This quality content is ideal for posting to your credit union’s website and social networks and a great way to connect with local educators and students.

Lanyard Sponsor  Established in 1977, PSCU is the nation’s leading credit union service organization (CUSO). The company was recognized as CUSO of the Year in 2016 by the NACUSO. PSCU’s products, financial services solutions and service model collectively support over 850 Owner credit unions representing more than 20 million credit, debit, prepaid, online bill payment and mobile accounts; protect over 2 billion transactions annually from fraud; and optimize credit union performance and growth. Comprehensive 24/7/365 member support is delivered through call centers located throughout the United States.

Video Spot Sponsor  TwoScore is a marketing firm made up of former credit union marketers with a mission to help small credit unions thrive and stay relevant. We work exclusively with credit unions under $100 million in assets and help them achieve their strategic goals through marketing. TwoScore makes having an affordable and experienced VP of marketing possible for small credit unions, which helps them achieve the market advantage and sustainable growth they need.