A leader is one who
knows the way,
goes the way,
and shows the way.

John Maxwell

Leaders in Motion

Leadership Conference & Expo

September 10-12, 2015

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter


Early Bird

before Jun. 30

Individual: $729

Group: $659

Guest: $200


after Jun. 30

Individual: $829

Group: $729

Guest: $200


after Aug. 1

Individual: $859

Group: $859

Guest: $200

Credit unions with assets of $10 million or less as of 12/31/2014 qualify for a free registration. Group registrants must be registered at the same time.

Registration Fee includes: Expo & Welcome Reception, three general sessions, choice of five of 27 breakout sessions, best practices panel discussions, handout materials, three continental breakfasts and all refreshment breaks.

Guest Fee includes: Expo & Welcome Reception, three general sessions, three continental breakfasts and all refreshment breaks. Our reduced guest fee is limited to one guest per paid registrant and is limited to spouses, significant others, and children over 18 years of age. This reduced fee is not for co-workers or credit union staff.

Cancellation Policy: Substitutions are always welcome. Registration fee refunds (less a $200 processing fee per person) are granted for cancellations received in writing on or before August 1, 2015. No refunds will be granted after August 1.

Grant Assistance: The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for League training events based on financial need. Applications must be received by application deadlines. Please visit the Foundation's website to view all grant applications, guidelines and deadlines. Contact Emily Moreno, Foundation Grants Manager, at 800-953-6483 for more information.


San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Phone: 210-223-1000
For reservations, call: 877-622-3056

Room Rate
on or before Aug. 7
$199 nightly (single/double)

Group Code: Cornerstone League Conference

When calling to make a reservation, indicate you are with the
Cornerstone League Conference to receive the special rate.


Wednesday, September 9

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Directors Symposium

9:30 a.m.

Golf Registration

10:30 a.m.

Golf Lunch/Brunch

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

T3 - Roundtables (Train the Trainer) (separate fee)
Facilitator: Tamra Fairbrother

11:30 a.m.

Golf Shotgun Start

2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Leadership Conference & Expo Registration

Thursday, September 10

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Leadership Conference & Expo Registration

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Session
You Already Know How to Be Great
Featured Speaker: Alan Fine

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Autograph Session

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Best Practices Panels

2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Expo Reception

8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Party with CUNA Mutual Group

Friday, September 11

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

General Session & Awards Ceremony
The Innovation Question: What, How & Why Now?
Featured Speaker: Lee Wetherington

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions I

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions II

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions III - Council Corner


Enjoy San Antonio!

Saturday, September 12

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions IV

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions V

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Closing General Session
Power of Relationships
Featured Speaker: Ty Bennett
CASH Drawing

Guest Program

Cavern Tour, Lunch and Shopping

Natural Bridge Caverns

Join us as we travel south of Austin to the Natural Bridge Caverns. Journey through a half-mile of the largest and most spectacular show cavern in Texas. You will walk 180 feet below the ground, see awe-inspiring, ancient formations centuries in the making and still growing today. There are amazing stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, chandeliers and soda straws. Take pictures along the way because this is one walk through time that you will never want to forget.

The Gristmill

Have lunch at The Gristmill, situated on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River, nestled under the shade of towering oak trees, in the quaint German town of Gruene, Texas.


After lunch we will head down the road to the town of Wimberley for an afternoon of shopping around "The Square" and "Olde Town Plaza". Wimberley is full of unique shops that offer traditional and not-so-traditional art and wares.

Recognition Dinner & Party

The Violin Guy - Radu Cernat

The Violin Guy - Radu Cernat

Prepare to be entertained in a unique way with The Violin Guy.

Pursuing a strong interest in world music, Mr. Cernat studied and performed in Europe at the Fribourg Conservatory in Switzerland, with the Brignoles Symphony Orchestra in France in the late 90′s and the Malaga-Bucharest Orchestra in Spain. As a producer and song writer he’s worked along artists such as The Isley Brothers, Keith Sweat, Hip Boot Joe, Civello’s and others. With fifteen years of experience as active pop music producer and engineer he has produced and recorded music for more than a hundred music albums worldwide for acts ranging from solo artists to live bands in pop, rock , techno , R&B, Hip-hop genres and more.

A Greek-Romanian native, Radu Cernat is currently pursuing his career as a solo pop singer and instrumentalist featuring his very own hand-made original electric instruments and Laser Instrument Shows™ , a spectacle and innovative light show created through the sound of music using LED and LASER technology.

The Grooves Band

The Grooves Band

The Grooves' show is an exciting combination of classic rock, Motown, oldies, disco, rock and roll, country, standards, swing, eighties dance, plus all the most up to date dance music. The Grooves band has the perfect song list geared at being enjoyed by all the different ages in the crowd at corporate parties. The band has many different styles and unlike most bands that just pick their songs to play in advance, they have over 170 songs in their play list, The Grooves band plays to the crowd picking what songs to play based on crowd response keeping the dance floor packed all night.


Keynote Speakers

Alan Fine

Alan Fine

View Bio

You Already Know How to Be Great

Most people who want to get better — at hitting golf shots, negotiating with clients, delivering presentations or any other field of endeavor — seek out new information. They read a book, take a class, hire an expert tutor. But as Alan Fine has learned from many years of coaching athletes and businesspeople, this "outside-in" approach often doesn’t produce the results people want. More information becomes a distraction rather than a solution, and high performance remains elusive.

Fortunately, there is a better way! Fine has developed and honed a unique "inside-out" approach to performance improvement. In this session, Fine shows you how to unlock Faith, Fire and Focus: confidence in your ability, high energy and passion, and focused attention on the things that really matter.

In this session, you learn:

  • How to use essential coaching concepts to improve your work and life.
  • The most common mistakes made by people conducting engagement conversations.
  • How to recognize the biggest obstacles to our performance.
  • A simple process that can help you achieve greatness in any area.
Alan Fine

Alan Fine

View Session

Alan Fine, InsideOut Development

Alan Fine, co-creator of the widely recognized GROW® Model, is the founder and president of InsideOut Development. Alan is considered a pioneer of the modern coaching movement, and many of the world’s most respected organizations have adopted his inside-out approach to performance improvement, including IBM, NASA, Honeywell, Gap, and Coca-Cola.

Alan has dedicated the past 25 years to helping people from all walks of life elevate their performance and unlock their potential, including athletes such as Davis Cup tennis star Buster Mottram, record-breaking triathlete James Lawrence, and PGA golfers Phillip Price, David Feherty, Colin Montgomerie, and Stephen Ames.

Alan Fine

Alan Fine

Lee Wetherington

Lee Wetherington

View Bio

The Innovation Question: What, How & Why Now?

The public perceives financial institutions as "laggards in innovation." No wonder. As regulated, risk-averse entities, financial institutions aren’t inclined to 'fail fast and often' as innovation requires. Moreover, many financial institutions dedicate their most skilled talent to complying with regulations rather than pioneering better member experiences and service. Even innovation ain’t what it used to be. Innovation today requires more than successful execution of product strategy and delivery; it requires successful management of ecosystems of vendors, partners, and regulators. Join Lee Wetherington for a sobering look at what it takes to innovate successfully in financial services, and learn what you need to know to assess risk accurately, focus resources smartly, and increase your credit union’s probability for success in the new era of mobile and big data.

Lee Wetherington

Lee Wetherington

View Session

Lee Wetherington, ProfitStars

Lee Wetherington, AAP, is Director of Strategic Insight for ProfitStars®, a division of Jack Henry & Associates® (JKHY: NASDAQ). Lee directs the development of actionable insight and strategy for the financial services industry at large. To this end, he creates programs, presentations, and articles designed to orient and educate financial executives on the trends and implications of new technologies. He routinely delivers keynotes nationwide focusing upon opportunities and challenges in payments and the online/mobile/social channels. He also serves as the Technology Faculty Chair for the Southwest CUNA Management School and has delivered guest lectures on leadership and technology at universities across the United States. He was named “Strategic Alliance Executive of the Year” at the 2013 Golden Bridge Awards, which recognizes the world’s top executives across every major industry globally. Lee’s articles and commentary have been published widely across the financial services industry.

Lee received bachelor degrees in Economics and English from Duke University in 1990, and, in 1993, he completed graduate studies at Emory University. In 1995, he earned the distinguished Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) certification from the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA).

Lee Wetherington

Lee Wetherington

Ty Bennett

Ty Bennett

View Bio

Power of Relationships

Regardless of the type of company, or the role you play in it, you are in the business of people. Because of that, great leadership is the driving force behind growing your business.

How do you become a good leader? Through influence.
How do you become a great leader? By using influence and integrity to engage and inspire others.

Based on his highly rated book, The Power of Influence, Ty shares his philosophies and tools for increasing your influence and impact as a leader.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What leadership is all about.
  • Skills for becoming 'interested' not 'interesting.'
  • How to practice the Platinum Rule.
  • Specific ways to invest in your people.
Ty Bennett

Ty Bennett

View Session

Ty Bennett, Leadership Inc.

When Ty was 21 years old, he and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. Since that time, he has developed over 500 sales managers globally with sales and leadership in 37 countries. As a young entrepreneur, Ty continues to engage his team’s focus to grow sales. He uses the power of influence and storytelling to get buy-in to the vision of growing their multimillion-dollar sales organization.

With a natural ability to engage and empower others, Ty draws on his experience in the trenches to share real and tangible techniques about the principles of leadership that continue to create his success. The founder of Leadership Inc., who has been featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40, Ty is a young fresh voice providing interactive presentations that are engaging, dynamic and inspiring.

His clients include some of the most recognizable brands in the world such as: Coca-Cola, Subway, Wounded Warrior Project, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Remax. Ty has shared the stage with celebrities, Olympians and world-renowned thought leaders such as President Bush and President Clinton.

Ty’s best-selling books – The Power of Influence and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication - are used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT, as today’s version of "How to Win Friends and Influence People."

In June 2014, Ty Bennett received the CSP Designation. At just 32 years of age he is one of the youngest ever to receive the award in the shortest amount of time. Less than 5% of speakers earn the CSP honor.

Ty Bennett

Ty Bennett

Tamra Fairbrother

Tamra Fairbrother

View Bio

T3 – Roundtables (Train the Trainer)

Do you train staff at your credit union? Have you ever wanted to chat with other trainers and share tips and best practices? Well, here is your opportunity!

The T3 - Roundtables at Cornerstone’s Leadership Conference & Expo invites you to participate in a unique peer-to-peer opportunity Wednesday, September 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The event gives trainers a chance to showcase best practices in credit union training, adult learning, and presentation skills. Tamra Fairbrother will facilitate training talk tables and also provide space for sharing training materials and information about your training programs.

Participating affords you the opportunity to share information about your programs as well as learn about the best practices of other credit unions.

Bring your materials, bring your minds, and bring your questions!

Cost to participate (includes networking lunch):

  • $129 - Roundtable Only
  • $789 - Roundtable & Full Conference
Tamra Fairbrother

Tamra Fairbrother

View Session

Tamra Fairbrother, Cornerstone Credit Union League

As a seasoned executive-level event planner, Tamra is a master of detail and organization, contract negotiations, and knows what it takes to motivate, train and recognize a team. She has been referred to as the “Meeting Mentor,” acting as a career coach to other meeting professionals at all levels.

After speaking to a group of 4,000 people during an event, Tamra knew she wanted to help educate and motivate people to reach a place greater than their perceived potential. Through her involvement with Big Brother/Big Sisters, she began observing the need to create a personal awareness of how people can live more confident lives. In addition, the creation of “The Pillars of Confidence,” written by Tamra was born. This soon to be released book contains specific, laser-focused actions you can take to guide you through key life areas and become more confident in your personal and professional life.

Tamra is a native Texan, is Past President for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Dallas/Ft Worth Chapter, currently serves on the advisory board at Richland College and is a big sister through Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She has been honored with the prestigious Planner of the Year award by the MPI Dallas/Ft Worth Chapter.


Thursday, September 10

Don't miss your opportunity to visit over 90 exhibitors as they showcase the latest products and solutions that will provide the answers to your credit union's challenges, all in one location!

Information for Exhibitors

For information on exhibiting, please contact
Nithya Ram at nram@cornerstoneleague.coop or 469-385-6643.


Wednesday, September 9

Canyon Springs Golf Club

Deadline to register is Friday, August 28.

Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation

Putting Fore a Purpose

Golf Tournament - Tuesday, April 7

Sponsored by: CO-OP Financial Services   Harland Clarke   Credit Union Resources

Golf is back! Putting Fore a Purpose: Support our industry's charity of choice, The Children's Miracle Network, at this fun outing. The natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country is the focus of the Crenshaw Cliffside course located at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin where you will network with other credit union professionals and scramble to gain high score.


11:30 a.m.

Boxed Lunch

12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Shotgun Start


4 Person Scramble with Shotgun Start (teams assigned closer to date of event)


$175 per golfer

Fee includes: green and cart fees, range balls, and lunch.

Cancellation Policy: refunds will be available provided you arrange for a replacement player.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 10.


From Downtown Austin: Start at West Sixth Street; Continue on W 6th Street which becomes Lake Austin Boulevard; Turn left on Atlanta Street (access road to Loop 1); Enter ramp to Loop 1 South (MOPAC Expressway) and go 0.8 miles. Take the Rollingwood/West Lake Hills (2244 Bee Caves Rd) exit; Turn right on Bee Caves Road and go 4.7 miles; Turn left on Barton Creek Boulevard and go 1.8 miles; Turn Left on Barton Club Drive into the Resort complex. There are three buildings-Country Club, Spa and Resort on Barton Club Drive. Take the third entrance to your left. There will be a sign that reads: Resort.


Interested in sponsorship?

Contact Tamra Fairbrother at 469-385-6632 or email tfairbrother@cornerstoneleague.coop.