Crash the GAC

For the past nine years, CUAD has had the pleasure of sending “Crashers” from the Dakotas to the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). We want to keep this tradition going, and we are looking for our next 2020 Crashers now! 

“Crash the GAC” is an incredible opportunity for young credit union professionals, age 35 and under, to attend the largest credit union advocacy event of the year! This is a career-building opportunity, and one that all serious credit union professionals should consider.

As in previous years, we are seeking one Crasher from each of our states to attend the GAC that will be held February 23 – 27, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Once there, Crashers not only experience a packed week of learning, networking, and advocating on behalf of credit unions, but they will meet an entire network of young professionals – peers – from all around the country. Crashers also experience exclusive behind-the-scenes activities just for the Crasher group!

The GAC registration fee alone is worth nearly $1,200 – but Crashers receive their registration for FREE! Travel and other expenses are the responsibility of the attendee’s credit union, however, CUAD is once again offering a $750 scholarship to assist with expenses, to each Crasher that is selected. Last year, we actually had THREE Crashers from the Dakotas! Here’s what they had to say:

“I would have never been able to attend the GAC without the Crasher program,” said Lacey TerWee, CEO of University FCU. “The program offered targeted material for young professionals, as well as entrance to the main event where I had the opportunity to see national speakers. I would strongly recommend that young credit union professionals apply for a scholarship to attend this event! Attendance is an investment in your future,” she added.

“Crashing the GAC was such an awesome experience,” said Rachel Lere, Learning & Performance Specialist with Black Hills FCU. “Not only did I get to learn more about the credit union movement and the important role we play in our communities, but I was able to connect with other young professionals from all across the country! The mentors were there every step of the way, facilitating events, speakers, and opportunities for the crashers to make connections with others in the industry. To top it all off, we were able to Hike-the-Hill and meet with legislators to advocate for our amazing credit unions. The experience was definitely one for the books, and I would highly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity.”


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More about the Crasher program: CUNA and The Cooperative Trust, through the Filene Research Institute, select one or two young credit union professional from each state and the District of Columbia to “Crash” the GAC. In addition to the core schedule of events, crashers will take part in exclusive sessions that will provide a greater focus on credit union advocacy and activities that can help to grow and promote credit unions on the state and federal level. Each Crasher will receive a full conference registration, courtesy of CUNA, and a Cooperative Trust membership.

Important deadlines: Crash the GAC applications opened on October 1st and will close on November 30, 2019. The Cooperative Trust will NOT be extending the deadline this year – so be sure to submit your application before the deadline. Candidates must also submit a 60 second video as to why they should be selected for Crash the GAC. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine! Crasher events are meant to be fun!

More about the GAC: CUNA's GAC is the premier event of the credit union movement. The conference brings together nearly 5,000 credit union leaders from across the country to advocate on their members’ behalf. Besides world-class speakers at the general sessions and cutting-edge breakout sessions, there are league-coordinated Hike-the-Hill events, during which attendees meet with members of the U.S. Congress to engage in conversations on important credit union issues. This is an incredibly valuable experience for those building a career in the credit union industry.

Questions about the GAC or the Crasher program? Feel free to contact Jeff Olson or Jay Kruse.