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ABCUL Young Professionals Network launch

Start: 8th March

Location: The Midland Hotel, Manchester


ABCUL Young Professionals Network

ABCUL Young Professionals Network launches with event at ABCUL Annual Conference 2019 with special guest Brandi Stankovic

ABCUL is delighted to announce the launch of its Young Professionals Network which will provide a national platform for young credit union leaders to engage with and promote the credit union movement. Its mission is to provide a robust and dynamic environment for young credit union professionals to connect, learn and live out our cooperative values to enable them to develop into credit union leaders and retain their talent within the British movement

Day delegate rates have been reduced for those wanting to attend this event and will cost only £65 per person. Note this does not include dinner on Friday but does include lunch.

ABCUL Young Professionals Network Dedicated Session

Led by a Steering Committee of young professionals from across the sector, the Network will hold its first event during the ABCUL Annual Conference with a separate, dedicated session from 1pm to 3.45pm on Friday 8th March.

The session will be facilitated by US-based credit union expert Dr Brandi Stankovic, and will focus on personal leadership development, coaching and emotional intelligence. In this energetic and inspiring session, participants will discuss: engagement, accountability, motivating the young and driving strategic initiatives. Young leaders must exemplify the culture they expect and model the way. Participants will also discuss the fast-moving world of financial services, the strategy for capitalising on change, and the approach to taking healthy risks from a leadership perspective.

Those taking part in the Young Professionals Network session will then re-join the main conference agenda for the final plenary of the day which will see ABCUL launch its member consultation which is aiming to define the vision for ABCUL and the credit union sector for the next 5 years.

About the Young Professionals Network

The Network is led by a volunteer Steering Committee which is made of up:

Aimee Hastings (1st Class Credit Union)

Debbie Smith-Hands (Pennine Community Credit Union)

Luke McGilvray (1st Class Credit Union)

Nicola Dobson (NHS Credit Union)

Paul Norgrove (Police Credit Union)

About Dr Brandi Stankovic

Dr. Brandi Stankovic is an organisational change expert, motivational speaker, professor, artist and mommy who inspires firms globally with her models of leadership, engagement, and award-winning education.

She is a senior vice president with CU Solutions Group and spends her time consulting with CEOs and their teams, writing books and developing products for leadership and organisational health, and speaking to audiences from across the globe.

Prior to CUSG, Dr. Stankovic was the Managing Partner of Mitchell Stankovic & Associates, Vice President of Marketing and Administration for Ventura County Credit Union and the Director of Education at Harland. Dr. Stankovic is the co-author of The Strategic MVP, a book of 52 growth and leadership tools and the host of the energizing podcast, The Strategic Hotbox, designed to help executives reach their greatest potential. Dr. Stankovic is the World Young Credit Union Professionals Committee chair and US Ambassador for the Global Women's Leadership Network, World Council of Credit Unions, helping advance young executives and women in leadership across the globe.

She is also board director for the Nevada Council on Economic Education, Young Leaders vice chair for CMN Hospitals Credit Unions for Kids, the HRD Network Board advisor, director for University of Nevada Alumni Advisory Committee, and a Development Educator CUDE and I-CUDE. She is the recipient of the National Credit Union Foundation’s DE Individual Achievement Award 2017, Credit Union Times Under 40 Trailblazer 2016, California Nevada Credit Union League Tomorrow’s Star 2015, MAC Gold Award Financial Literacy and Community Outreach 2015, and the HRD Network Outstanding CU Professional 2014.

Dr. Stankovic received her Bachelors in Finance and Economics at University of Nevada, Masters of Business Administration from University of San Diego and Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.



Who can attend?

Any young professional working at an ABCUL member credit union (defined as aged 35 and under) who wants to expand their personal development in the credit union sector.

What’s included?

Lunch, access to the Young Professionals session, access to the final conference plenary session on Friday. Friday night dinner is not included but can be purchased separately for an additional fee.

I am already attending the full conference weekend, can I join this session?

Yes! Individuals already attending the full conference weekend can join this session on Friday if they would like but we ask that you let us know so that we ensure that the room is suitable to accommodate everyone.

I am over 35 but would still like to attend – am I able to do this?

Please get in touch with Rosanna Donovan, ABCUL’s Head of Member Services on or 0161 819 6958 if you’re interested in attending but aren’t currently aged 35 or under.


To book a place for the launch of the ABCUL Young Professionals Network, please click here.

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