CU Water Cooler

Join us for our 10th annual conference

 
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October 7-9, 2019 • Redwood City, California

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

Learn how to collaborate, inspire and deliver

The CU Water Cooler Team Summit is all about getting stuff done. Widely considered the TED Talks of the credit union movement, the annual CU Water Cooler event brings together top thinkers, leaders and doers in cooperative finance, technology, research and innovation for a two-day event like no other. We’re putting together a stellar speaker line-up and agenda to help your team reach new heights in 2020 and beyond.

What’s this team summit stuff, you say? It’s a direct response to remarks the CEO of a multi-billion dollar credit union shared with us last year. The credit union was trying to put together content for its annual strategic planning session when they saw our agenda. “It would cost a fortune to put together this amount of high-quality content,” he said. “Why don’t we just send our executive management team and board members to the CU Water Cooler event, then discuss the content as a team?”

With that, the Team Summit was born. Sure, you can still come by yourself, but this event was created to be consumed as a group. Bring your board, senior leadership team, marketing team, lending team, IT team—any group that needs to learn together and perform together will benefit from two days of non-stop inspiration, insights, strategy and entertainment.

For our 10th annual event we are headed to the heart of Silicon Valley, California—the cause of and solution to many of the issues credit unions face today. We’ll dissect the intersection of innovation, fintech, cooperation, collaboration, credit union philosophy and action, in the unique format our attendees love. All the while, we’ll be celebrating a decade of contributions by credit union champions across North America in our first ever Cooler Awards celebration.

2018 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 improve at my 
own credit union
I left feeling more purpose and accountability than I ever have before
A truly transformational experience with some of the best speakers I have ever seen

 

Reserve your spot today

Redwood City is conveniently located 20 minutes south of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) making it easily accessible from across the United States and Canada.

 

 

Two days of top-notch speakers await

The speaker line-up will includes a mix of outside experts and industry insiders. We guarantee that each speaker will have something unique, interesting and useful to share.

 

A few photos from our past events.


Would you like to speak?

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In addition to our headlining speakers taking the stage, we're once again doing PechaKucha. There are eight speaking slots available for our attendees. If you plan on coming to the conference and think you've got something interesting to share, submit your idea today. If you are selected, your conference registration is on us! The deadline to submit is Monday, June 17.


At the center of Silicon Valley 

Redwood City is located in San Mateo County and is sandwiched between Stanford University, Apple, Google, Facebook and countless other technology companies that are disrupting and defining the future. We couldn't think of a better place to get together to discuss the future of credit unions!

Clockwise from left:   Theatre District  courtesy of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau by Edna Takeda Geller  San Mateo County History Museum  courtesy of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau  Redwood City Arch  courtesy of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau by City of Redwood City  Downtown Redwood City  courtesy of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau by Edna Takeda Geller

Clockwise from left:
Theatre District courtesy of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau by Edna Takeda Geller
San Mateo County History Museum courtesy of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
Redwood City Arch courtesy of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau by City of Redwood City
Downtown Redwood City courtesy of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau by Edna Takeda Geller


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 Fox Theatre Redwood City, a historic venue in the heart of Silicon Valley. This convenient location is 20 minutes south of the San Francisco International Airport.

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© Fox Theatre

Lodging

We do not have a particular conference hotel this year, but there are plenty of reasonably priced hotels nearby.

You may also want to consider booking an Airbnb to house your team.

VENUE

Fox Theatre Redwood City
2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City, California 94063

 

Planning your trip

For those traveling by plane, a car is not necessary—we recommend using Lyft or Uber to get around. Lodging, entertainment and dining options are all a rideshare or short walk away.


Recognizing the best in credit unions

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We are happy to announce the Coolers, a unique awards program that recognizes top contributors to the credit union movement.

For the past decade the best thinkers, doers, and collaborators have gathered around the CU Water Cooler to improve the lives of credit union members. We’ve had a front-seat view of the people and organizations who have dared to dream and achieve. Now, it’s time to celebrate them.

This year’s event will look at a decade of contributions to credit unions in the following categories:

Recognizing individuals

  • Top Thinker

  • Top Doer

  • Top Marketer

  • Top Lender

  • Top Technologist

  • Top Volunteer

Recognizing groups

  • Small & Mighty Award

  • Top Cooperator

  • Top Innovator

  • Top Organizational Transformation

  • Top CUSO

  • Top Financial Literacy Educator


Our sponsors

Founding Sponsors

Founded in 1990, Currency is the leading credit union-focused financial education firm. The It’s a Money Thing Financial Education Program helps credit unions attract, educate and inspire young adult members, and provides education and financial training for members and staff. In addition, Currency partners with CUES to manage the annual Next Top Credit Union Exec competition aimed at celebrating the best emerging credit union leaders and their ideas.

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.


Friends

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.