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Discovery Conference Industry Insights Now Available On-Demand

Thu, Nov 19, 2015

Madison, Wisconsin

CUNA Mutual Group’s sixth annual, day-long Discovery Conference on Oct. 21 set a record with more than 2,500 registrants of which 58 percent were credit union executives. The virtual, no-cost event offered credit union leaders valuable industry insight and trends in the insurance and credit union industries.

“Our Discovery Conference gave credit union leaders a tremendous opportunity to gain real insights from industry experts and learn what’s ahead. It’s just one of the ways we’re helping credit unions grow and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Mike Defnet, senior vice president of sales and marketing for CUNA Mutual Group. “If you missed the live event, it’s not too late to participate. You can still access the conference on-demand, at no cost, by simply registering,” he added.

Credit unions that register may leverage and share best practices and conference materials, including sessions, hot topic chats, and Solution Center materials, with their staff through June 30, 2016.

View on-demand content by registering at:

CUNA Mutual Group’s chief economist Steven Rick presented a keynote address on “Beyond Disruption” where he examined three types of disruptive financial institutions, and assessed their strategies, capabilities and business models to help credit unions protect themselves against this new competition.

In addition, eight breakout sessions offered credit union leaders insights to address current issues, assess trends and tackle their next big challenge. Sessions included:

  • U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Credit Unions”
  • Strategies to Sustain Small Credit Union Growth”
  • Reaching the Subprime Auto Lending Market”
  • What Matters NowTM: Insights to Boost Membership with Middle-Income Americans”
  • Payments Evolution”
  • Cybersecurity: Protect Your Credit Union’s and Members’ Data”
  • New Frontiers for Large Credit Unions”
  • Omni-Channel: What You Need to Know”

The conference’s show prize winner was Jan Kounkel, CEO of U.P. Connection Federal Credit Union in Omaha, Neb., who won a $2,500 donation to her credit union’s charity of choice. U.P. Connection Federal Credit Union selected the Susan G. Komen Nebraska affiliate to receive the funds. The show prize winner was randomly drawn from conference registrants who attended the event on Oct. 21.

About CUNA Mutual Group
CUNA Mutual Group was founded in 1935 by credit union pioneers, and our commitment to their vision continues today. The company offers insurance and protection for credit unions, employees and members; lending solutions and marketing programs; TruStageTM – branded consumer insurance products; and investment and retirement services to help credit unions and members achieve financial security and success. More information is available on the company’s website at