CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) is the largest credit union advocacy gathering of the year. When 5,000 plus credit union professionals gather in Washington D.C., there is a palatable energy that cannot be ignored. Change happens at this event – the kind of change that inspires people to stand proud of the #CUDifference.
Crashing the GAC has positively impacted hundreds of emerging professionals. Here’s the top five reasons you will want to join on this life-changing journey!
Location! Location! Location!
D.C. is a place all its own, with deep history and energy coursing through the streets. You are weaving your mark into our nation's history by attending GAC – and you might even find some time to visit historic monuments and museums.
Advocate on Behalf of Credit Unions
The reason we are at GAC is to advocate on behalf of credit union members to our elected officials. This is the time for credit unions and Crashers to share American life's honest, human stories. The connections you have made with your members matters. Craft your story and be ready to share it. Our representatives are listening because credit unions have one of the most compelling stories: inclusion, access, cooperation, and community.
Meet Top Leaders and Thinkers
Crashers are welcomed at GAC because folks are genuinely excited to meet our next generation of leaders. With great expectations comes great responsibility too, which means when you come, bring your best – whatever YOUR best is to YOU. Be authentic but also recognize that Crashers represent young people and rising professionals from across our nation. This means leaders will ask you questions and expect you to have questions for them too. These leaders are willing and ready to support you and your career growth; it will be up to you to define what that means.
Opportunity to Shine
"Be interested, not interesting." Most people enjoy talking about themselves, and this approach cultivates positive feelings and emotions. The bottom line, people will remember how you make them feel. So, use this time to be interested, and people will be equally interested in you.
A Lifetime of Connections
Crash the GAC is unique. Through this experience, Crashers create new friendships, experience change in opinions or beliefs, and experience democracy in action. The bonds are genuine, and the power of advocacy is profound, leaving an indelible mark.
Are you ready to Crash the GAC? Apply now!
Crashers receive free conference registration, Travel, lodging, and food costs are the responsibility of the Crasher and their credit union; however, DakCU will award a $1,000 scholarship for each Dakota Crasher selected! *Must be an affiliated member of Dakota Credit Union Association.
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