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History in the Making:
Join Us in Williamsburg!

It's history in the making as we return to historic Williamsburg for IGNITE 2023 and the 89th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Credit Union League. Join us for networking opportunities and more than a dozen educational opportunities for officials, credit union management and credit union staff.

:: Register Now ::

:: Education Sessions ::

Best Practices in Commercial Risk Management

Presented by: Daniel Schleitweiler, CUERME
Assistant Vice President | Risk Management
Cooperative Business Services, LLC
Rising rates and inflation could cause collateral values to suffer and highly leveraged borrowers to default. So, what’s hiding in your commercial loan portfolio could cause a shift in risk. This breakout session will focus on understanding how these and other economic factors play into risk management oversight, including best practices in stressing your portfolio. Join Dan Schleitweiler to learn more about this hot topic and more.

How Do I Get the Most Out of AI Decisioning

Presented by: Aaron Long, Head of Sales
Zest AI (CMFG Ventures Portfolio Companies)

One of the most commonly expressed opportunities for credit unions are finding efficiency gains in the consumer loan underwriting process.  In today's world people crave and prioritize speed and simplicity. Everything we do today, can be done at our fingertips and with a few clicks. Instant gratification is the name of the game.

The same is true for loan applications as well: the easier we make it for members to get a new loan or refinance an existing one, the more they're going to use your loan products and the more loyal they are. By applying the best practices from FinTech to your lending process, Credit unions could dominate consumer lending.

AI speeds up underwriting, reduces the cost to produce a consumer loan and improves your member experience. This session will go into more depth on how to implement AI most successfully and how to leverage AI to provide FinTech-like member experiences.

Emerging Risk Outlook

Presented by: James Bullard
Senior Consultant, Risk and Compliance Solutions
CUNA Mutual Group

Keeping ahead of the complex array of ever-changing risks, compliance issues, and industry regulations that are impacting credit unions requires keen awareness, effective preparation, and loss control scrutiny. When risk management is effective, typically nothing bad happens.

But, if you’re blindsided by a problem, your credit union reputation takes the hit. Don’t let not knowing which emerging risks are around the corner take the blame. While each credit union has its own unique risk footprint, this Emerging Risks Outlook introduces risks and trends that should be on your radar.

NOTE: Additional sessions will be announced in the coming weeks...Stay tuned!

:: Keynotes ::

The Strategic Imperatives Necessary to Future-Proof your Credit Union

Mark Sievewright
Sievewright & Associates

From developing your talent pool to finding the right digital strategy, Mark leverages decades of experience as an industry leader to offer a unique, insightful blueprint of what every credit union needs to address to ensure their success.


Advocacy In Action

Carrie Hunt
Virginia Credit Union League

Join League President/CEO Carrie Hunt for an informative discussion with key policymakers on the issues that matter most!

U.S. Economic Outlook & Its Impact on CUs

Steven Rick
Director, Chief Economist for CUNA Mutual Group

The U.S. economy is experiencing historic demand and supply shocks leading to the highest inflation in 40 years. The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates at the fastest pace in 40 years. What will higher interest rates do to the economy in 2023 and beyond? Are fundamental changes in the jobs market apt to cause long-term labor shortages and wage pressures?  Explore the possible paths of the economy and what impact it will have on credit union balance sheets and income statements for the next two years. 

Using Innovation to Improve the Member Experience

Stephanie Wade
Founder & CEO of Ascendant

Member experience is everything. You’ve no doubt focused on optimizing your member experience, ensuring every member touchpoint delivers an experience that adds value and builds loyalty. But optimization is table stakes these days. Credit unions that really want a competitive edge are laser-focused on introducing innovation into the member experience, creating those “wow” interactions with members that build the brand, drive growth and create member ambassadors willing to share their experiences. 

:: VACUPAC Golf Challenge Details ::

Date: May 24, 2023

Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Green Course)
61 S England Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Register Now to Golf

Credit unions: Tournament sponsorships are available, starting at only $250! Your sponsorship ensures player registrations can be directed to VACUPAC! Learn more here!

:: Small CUs: Need Financial Assistance to Attend IGNITE 2023? Let Us Know!  ::

Credit unions with less than $50 million in assets: Are you interested in attending IGNITE | the League Annual Meeting, but you need financial assistance to cover costs?

We may be able to help! Last year, the generous contributions of business partners helped provide scholarships for smaller CUs to attend IGNITE. If you’re interested in attending but need financial aid, please contact your League’s Mary Amyx at
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