CU Water Cooler Symposium

October 1-2, 2015 • Kansas City, Missouri

Join us for the 6th annual CU Water Cooler Symposium—a must-attend credit union experience held annually in the Fall


The CU Water Cooler Symposium is a different kind of credit union event

We care about content and conversations. We put together styles, speakers and topics that other events won’t touch. We’re respectful, yet challenging. We’re independent, yet collegial. We’re fun and serious at the same time. We created the CU Water Cooler Symposium not as a competitor to existing events, but a brand new approach to credit union events. The industry has responded kindly. As we prepare for our 6th annual event in the Fall of 2015, we encourage you to attend. 

We believe that this is the most modern, inspirational, and collaborative event in credit unions. We pick venues that are limited to about 150 attendees. The audience is a real mix—a few CEOs, mostly VPs and directors, and a few specialists and coordinators. They’re from all parts of the credit union—marketing, IT, operations and HR. Plus, there are always a handful of progressive consultants and technology vendors. In 2014, we had attendees from four countries, including 29 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Everyone who attends is extremely open-minded, positive and tuned in.


Tickets will be sold in three waves. Get in early, save your spot and your cash!

Cancellation policy
All ticket purchases are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to future events. If you cannot attend the Symposium this year, you can transfer your registration to another person for CUWCS 2015 only.

Speakers and agenda

Two days of top-notch speakers await

We are presenting an agenda filled with fresh topics and thought-provoking talent. The line-up includes a mix of our editors and invited guests and, as always, we guarantee that each speaker will have something unique and interesting to share.

The venue and travel

According to Time Magazine, The Alamo Drafthouse is "the best theater ever" 


We've all been to too many conferences in beige hotel conference rooms, sitting on uncomfortable stacking chairs, looking at crappy little screens, listening to awful sound and eating rubber chicken. We feel strongly that where we hold the annual CU Water Cooler Symposium is as important as who's on the agenda—that's why we're super excited to be hosting this year's event at the legendary Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

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This is the perfect backdrop for talking about culture, marketing, tech, trends and credit unions! The convenient location is right in the heart of the Power & Light District and 30 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport.

Special rate at the Aladdin Holiday Inn

We've arranged a block of hotel rooms at the Aladdin Holiday Inn for our attendees at a rate of $134 per night (single) and $144 per night (double), which includes a full breakfast buffet each morning. Please make your reservations by September 1, 2015 to take advantage of the negotiated rate. 

Prefer to book by phone? Call the hotel directly at 877-224-2870 for reservations.  In order to get the group rate, just mention the 2015 CU Water Cooler Symposium.


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Mainstreet
1400 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105


Aladdin Holiday Inn
1215 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64105



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 leading integrated marketing agency for credit unions. Currency's marketing programs, including Young & Free, Money Mom and It's a Money Thing, drive product sales and deliver ROI.


6th Story is dedicated to helping cooperatives, especially credit unions, realize their potential through the sixth cooperative principle: cooperation among cooperatives. Our combined years of expertise exceeds the number of years credit unions have been in existence.

Friends of the Symposium

Mount Lehman Credit Union is a small credit union located in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. With a history of more than 70 years in business, Mount Lehman is equally known for highly personal service and cutting-edge technology services.

Presenting sponsors

CUES is in the business of leadership potential. With a legacy of service spanning more than 50 years, we measure our success one leader at a time. As credit union leaders face uncharted territory and boundless challenges, CUES stands as the galvanizing force for our members to sharpen their skills.

Sponsorship opportunities

Presenting sponsors

There are eight presenting sponsor spots available. Your sponsorship package includes:

  • Seven-minute rapid fire demo on the main stage in front of all attendees
  • Opportunity to win one of two Best of Show awards
  • Two attendee passes
  • Mentions from stage
  • Inclusion on slides and T-shirt
  • Two Symposium T-shirts
  • Five banner ads on our daily link posts and emails


Supporting sponsors

Your sponsorship package includes:

  • One attendee pass
  • Mentions from stage
  • Inclusion on slides and T-shirt
  • One Symposium T-shirt
  • Two banner ads on our daily link posts and emails


Want to sponsor?

Drop us an email if you are interested in learning more.

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