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.

CU Water Cooler founders Matt Davis and Tim McAlpine were recently on CUbroadcast discussing this year's Symposium.


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 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.

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.

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.

CU Holding Company represents collaborative CUSO ventures that offer financial and strategic solutions for both credit unions and other CUSO services. We have valuable investment opportunities open for interested partners and encourage you to get to know the multitude of services our family of CUSOs provides.

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.

Member Loyalty Group has teamed up with Satmetrix, the co-developers of the Net Promoter Score® to build a customized, comprehensive Net Promoter System for the credit union industry. Credit unions can now leverage the same caliber program as successful Global 2000 companies to drive business results through a deliberate, organization-wide focus on building member loyalty.

OnBase is a flexible enterprise content management (ECM) solution that helps organizations manage documents and data to streamline business operations. Integrating with everyday business applications, OnBase provides instant access to critical information when you need it, wherever you are. It is tailored for departments and comprehensive for the enterprise.

Innovative card processing and payment solutions that make life easier—it's what makes TMG unique. Our flexible suite of products and services provide credit unions and community banks with tailored payment products and services to better serve their customers. We invite you to experience the TMG difference.

Supporting sponsors

The Kansas Credit Union Association is the trade association for credit unions in Kansas, serving more than 646,000 Kansas consumers. Established in 1934, the Association assists member credit unions in meeting the needs of their members and potential members by providing operational assistance, promoting growth and advocating on behalf of all credit unions in the state.

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.

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through Foundation grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes. Donations to the Foundation enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.

Sponsorship opportunities

Presenting sponsors

There are six 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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