Leadership Conference & Expo

September 8-10, 2016

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter


Early Bird

before Jun. 17

Individual: $729

Group: $659

Guest: $200


after Jun. 17

Individual: $829

Group: $729

Guest: $200


after Aug. 5

Individual: $859

Group: $859

Guest: $200

Credit unions with assets of $10 million or less as of 12/31/2015 qualify for a free registration. Group registrants must be registered at the same time.

Registration Fee includes: General sessions featuring sought-after speakers, more than 20 educational sessions to choose from, best practices panel discussions, interactive roundtables, expo & welcome Reception, three continental breakfasts and all refreshment breaks, and a chance to win a cash prize at the end of the closing general session (you must be present to win).

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: Refunds will be granted less a $200 processing fee for cancellations received on or before August 5, 2016. No refunds will be granted after August 5, 2016. There are no refunds for guest fees. Substitutions are always welcome..

Grant Assistance: Visit the foundation’s website for call 800-953-8283 for Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation educational assistance.

Golf: Find out more about the Foundation Golf Tournament here.


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. 5
$209 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.

Scam Alert: The Marriott Rivercenter will never call attendees asking for their credit card information. Do not give this information out if someone calls you and asks you for this information. Hang up and call the hotel directly to verify if they called you.


Wednesday, September 7

9:30 a.m.

Golf Registration

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

T3 - Roundtables (Train the Trainer) (separate fee)

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 8

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
Opening Address
Credit Unions – Staying Relevant, Becoming Prevalent
Featured Speaker: Mark Sievewright, Fiserv

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


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

Refreshment Break in Expo Hall

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

Lunch on Your Own

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

General Session
Best Practice Panels

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


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

Refreshment Break in Expo Hall

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 9

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 Presentation
The Economic Forecast
Featured Speaker: Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D.

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

Saturday, September 10

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

Continental Breakfast

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

Interactive Roundtables

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

Refreshment Break

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

Closing General Session
Attention Pays: Profit by Paying Attention
Featured Speaker: Neen James, Neen James Communications
CASH Prize 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

Mark Sievewright

Mark Sievewright

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Opening General Session

A transformation is underway in the U.S. financial services industry that will have a dramatic effect on how credit unions do business, how they strategize about their futures and how they collaborate around products, service and information, During his presentation, Mark will highlight industry changes, their implications for credit union leaders and the strategies it will take to remain relevant and become prevalent.

Mark Sievewright

Mark Sievewright

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Mark Sievewright, President, Credit Union Solutions at Fiserv

As President, Credit Union Solutions at Fiserv, Sievewright leads teams and solutions that process data and information for one third of U.S. credit unions and a growing number of international clients. In addition, he directs the innovation, development and distribution of value-added financial industry products and services ranging from wire processing to online account opening to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony systems.

Within the credit union movement, Sievewright has worked closely with numerous credit unions, state leagues and associations as well as national and international associations such as CUNA and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). In 2010, Sievewright was merited the Ambassador Award by WOCCU for his many years of service to credit unions.

With 30 years of financial services industry experience, Sievewright has held senior leadership roles at HSBC in London, MasterCard International in Brussels, and Payment Systems, Inc. where he served as president and CEO. Between 1999 and 2004, he served as president and CEO at the TowerGroup, a leading technology research and advisory firm for the financial services industry.

Sievewright joined Fiserv in 2004 as Corporate Senior Vice President of Market Development for the Company’s Depository Institutions Group. In this role, Sievewright worked with Fiserv management and clients to develop and execute business growth strategies, as well as provide relationship support to key Fiserv clients.

Mark Sievewright

Mark Sievewright

Elliot Eisenberg

Elliot Eisenberg

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The Economic Forecast

This session not only discusses how GDP growth will perform, what interest rates will do, what savings rates are likely do as well what a whole host of other economic variables are likely to do in the coming year, including: personal income, new automobile sales, new home building activity, but more importantly discusses why. A great deal of time is spent explaining why we are where and why growth has been so sluggish with a detailed discussion of a weak labor market, a lack of lending and poor income growth. Elliot also spends considerable time teaching how you can keep track of the economy by looking at the right variables so that even if his forecast is wrong, you will be able to see what is going, in real time, and not lose the (economic) forest for the (data) trees.

Elliot Eisenberg

Elliot Eisenberg

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Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D.

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is a nationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making the arcana and minutiae of economics fun, relevant and educational. Dr. Eisenberg earned a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Master and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. Eisenberg, formerly a Senior Economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C., is a frequent speaker on topics including: economic forecasts, economic impact of industries such as homebuilding and tourism, consequences of government regulation, strategic business development and other current economic issues. He is the creator of the multifamily stock index (the first nationally recognized index to track the total return of public firms principally involved in the ownership and management of apartments), the author of more than eighty-five articles, serves on the Expert Advisory Board of Mortgage Market Guide and is a regular consultant to several large real estate professional associations, hedge funds and investment advisory groups. He has spoken to hundreds of business groups and associations, often as keynote speaker. Dr. Eisenberg has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation. His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications. He is regularly featured guest on cable news programs, talk and public radio, writes a syndicated column and authors a daily 70 word commentary on the economy that is available at www.econ70.com.

Elliot Eisenberg

Elliot Eisenberg

Neen James

Neen James

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Attention Pays: Profit by Paying Attention

Everyone, it seems, is distracted these days. How about you? Are you trying to skim this, or actually reading it? We need to move from the ADD economy to the attention economy.

The fact is that successful people pay attention. And today few know how to truly do it. In her high-energy keynote, Neen combines sassy Aussie attitude and wicked smart research to teach practical strategies you can apply at work and home.

This session outlines how the art and science of paying attention will:

  • Attract, retain and develop peak performers.
  • Provide tools for increased employee engagement.
  • Accelerate sales and increase customer satisfaction through little used attention focusing techniques.
  • Get team members to focus on maximizing team effectiveness.
  • Help build better, more loyal relationships with customers and colleagues.

You will leave with the tools you need and inspired to take action to create more significant moments that lead to more profits for your team and your credit union.

Neen James

Neen James

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Neen James, Neen James Communications

Neen James is a leadership expert who will show you how to profit by paying attention! She’s an Australian obsessed with helping people get more done so they can create more significant moments in life that matter.

Clients including Comcast, Cisco, Virgin, Pfizer, FBI and BMW describe Neen as authentic, energetic and passionate. Neen regularly provides one-on-one consulting and mentoring on topics productivity, thought leadership and women in leadership.

Neen often appears in the media sharing leadership expertise and is a published author of eight books, including Folding Time, Secrets of Super-Productivity, Strategic Networking and Network or Perish.

She earned her MBA from Southern Cross University, Certified Speaking Professional designation from National Speakers Association, received numerous awards in her industry, is a partner in the international education company Thought Leaders Global, and in her spare time serves on several Boards.

Neen James

Neen James


Thursday, September 8

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.


Canyon Springs Golf Club

Deadline to register is Wednesday, September 6.

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.