Walk This Way - Young Professionals Conference
Cornerstone Credit Union League
August 20-21, 2015
Galveston, Texas

Calling all CU professionals, age 35 and under! Come together at the 2015 YP Conference as we "Get Stuff Done". This GSD Conference is geared towards credit union professionals who are tuned into the cooperative movement, plugged into the CU philosophy of people helping people and who have a desire to score big with the credit union difference in their communities. Help take this movement to the next level and Walk This Way!


Early Bird Rate
on or before July 22


Regular Rate
after July 22


Registration Fee includes: All general sessions and breakout sessions, networking event, continental breakfast, plated lunch, and all refreshment breaks, PLUS a chance to win a cash prize at the end of the closing general session (you must be present to win).

Cancellation Policy: Substitutions are always welcome. Registration fee refunds (less a $50 processing fee per person) are granted for cancellations received in writing on or before August 3.

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 469-385-6483 for more information.


Hotel Galvez

Hotel Galvez

2024 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, Texas 77550

Room Rate
$149 (single/double)
Room Rate Deadline: July 24

Group Code: Cornerstone League YP Conference


Thursday, August 20

Lunch is on your own

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Registration Open

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

General Session
Making the Case for Youth Leadership in Credit Unions
Featured Speaker: Chad Helminak

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Walk This Way - Networking Reception

7:30 p.m.

Galveston YP Meet Up

Evening on your own

Friday, August 21

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

Continental Breakfast

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

General Session
State of the Industry Update
Featured Speaker: Dick Ensweiler
Cornerstone Orientation
Credit Union Resources, Inc., Cornerstone Credit Union League, Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation, and Advocacy

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions 1
Creating a True VALUE PROPOSITION: More Than Just WordsSpeaker: Sean McDonald
Young Professionals Panel Discussion
Breakout Session TBD

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions 2
Breakout Session TBD
Breakout Session TBD
Advocacy Breakout Session
Speakers: Jim Phelps & Gretchen Ziegler

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Closing General Session
Stop Complaining, Start Growing
Featured Speaker: Sean McDonald


Crystal Jonas

Crystal Jonas

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At Your Best: How to Elevate Your Image and Inspire Others with Your Attitude and Actions

You’ve chosen deeply meaningful work. Credit unions are, after all, the embodiment of financial democracy. You have a golden opportunity to make a positive, lasting difference in the lives of others.

This program is valuable because it shows you exactly how to raise your self-awareness so you can have a more clear idea about how you are perceived by others. It also gives you clear guidance on how you can self-manage so, no matter what the challenges, you can be who you are, at your best.

This participant-centered, highly interactive program will give you just what you need to elevate your attitude and actions and make sure you’re consistently being professional and personable. In bringing your best to work, and being resilient you can more positively influence your co-workers and more profoundly serve your members.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Enthusiastically create positive, lasting change.
  • Joyfully hold yourself to a higher standard.
  • Happily work in harmony to achieve amazing results.

This session will reveal:

  • The tiny amount of info on which you’re judged.
  • What respected and well-liked people know about emotional mastery.
  • A powerful tip to recover from a really bad day - guaranteed to help you bounce back fast!
  • The key to being the kind of person others enjoy being around.
Crystal Jonas

Crystal Jonas

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Crystal Jonas, Tap Your Genius, Inc.

Crystal Jonas is the president of Tap Your Genius, Inc., an international company specializing in training and developing individuals and organizations in the areas of Employee Engagement, Emotional Intelligence, and Leadership. As a consultant, seminar leader and executive coach, Crystal helps you be who you are at your best so you can quickly achieve your personal and professional goals. Crystal has won 4 national awards for training. One award was for her class she created on “Accelerated Learning Skills” for the US Air Force Academy. An eight-time published author, Crystal has spoken to over 120 audiences every year for over nine years.

Crystal Jonas

Crystal Jonas

Chad Helminak

Chad Helminak

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Making the Case for Youth Leadership in Credit Unions

Credit unions have spent years trying to market to young adults, but have spent comparatively less time engaging them - especially young adults within their ranks. But that is changing and credit unions are seeing great results! This session explores best practice and research that demonstrates the value that young leaders can provide to credit unions, and what can be done to amplify these efforts within the industry.

Chad Helminak

Chad Helminak

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Chad Helminak, Filene Research Institute

As Impact Director, Chad takes the best of Filene’s research and innovation and works with credit unions to implement key findings that will impact their members and organization in meaningful ways. Chad brings nearly 10 years of credit union experience to Filene and most recently served as Vice President of Development at the Wisconsin Credit Union League. Over the years, he's directed state and national projects involving credit union advocacy, public relations, community and member outreach, and young professional development. He is certified as a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) and has mentored CUDE programs for industry leaders in the United States and Africa. He was recognized as a Trailblazer 40 Below by Credit Union Times and earned a Rock Star Award from Credit Union Magazine.

Chad Helminak

Chad Helminak

Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald

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Stop Complaining! Start Growing!

People complain too much. It’s that simple. But it doesn’t have to be this way! The most successful leaders in history all have a few characteristics in common – one of these is that instead of complaining about the way things are, they concentrated on how to make things the way they wanted them to be. If we can find a way to stop complaining, we begin to grow. When we grow, we get more motivated. When we get motivated, we are more productive. This presentation reviews tactics that will help us to stop complaining and re-task our efforts to achieve our goals and to exceed our own expectations.

Creating a True VALUE PROPOSITION: More Than Just Words

What’s In It For Me? This is the most important question that organizations must answer. Consumers don’t want to hear about the standard features of your product. And they’re tired of everyone saying “we have the best service.” That’s just not enough anymore. They want to know how doing business with you will improve their lives. Simple as that. An organization’s VALUE PROPOSITION is the answer to that all-important question. But how do you create an effective Value Proposition? This workshop will provide attendees with a comprehensive step-by-step process to help craft an outstanding Value Proposition.

These steps include:

  • Committing to the company’s organizing values.
  • Identifying the organization’s TARGET market.
  • Plus a few others – well, we can’t give everything away, right?
Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald

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Sean McDonald, Your Full Potential, LLC

Sean McDonald is the President of Your Full Potential, LLC. and is an internationally regarded expert in the fields of business development, sales, service, marketing, productivity, profitability, and strategy. Having addressed thousands of attendees at conferences, audiences find Sean’s presentations energetic, informative, and entertaining. Sean works with organizations in the financial, manufacturing, retail, non-profit, and credit union industries.

Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald


Because of the gracious donations from our sponsors, we are able to keep event costs low for attendees.

Please help show gratitude to the following event sponsors.

Credit Union Resources Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation Catalyst Corporate FCU