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February 2012



Young professionals have until February 17 if they want to "Crash Illinois"

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Young professionals have until February 17 if they want to "Crash Illinois"
Young professionals age 30 or younger will have the opportunity to "crash" the Illinois Credit Union League's (ICUL) 82nd Annual Convention April 26 – 28, 2012.

This initiative is part of The Cooperative Trust (formerly The Crash Network), a grassroots organization comprised of hundreds of young credit union professionals. With most credit union employees under 30 having limited or no access to networking, professional development and growth opportunities, the idea behind Crash Illinois, like other Crash events, will be to create a low-cost event within and alongside major credit union conferences, such as ICUL’s Convention. 

Sponsored by ICUL and CUNA Mutual, Crash Illinois will give young credit union professionals the opportunity to participate in the event by attending the full convention as well as additional mentor sessions with industry thought leaders each day and building relationships with other young credit union professionals.  After a Crasher welcome on Thursday, prior to the Annual Convention kick-off, a half-dozen other sessions and a lunch will be held for this special group.

Brent Dixon, young adult adviser at the Filene Research Institute is the founder of The Crash Network, which has evolved into The Cooperative Trust.  This effort began informally as a revolutionary conference for young professionals under 30 that has been meeting around other conferences since 2012.  At the ICUL Convention, Dixon will be presenting two sessions for attendees: "Attracting and Retaining Younger Members" and "Design Thinking: A Human Centered Approach to Innovation."

Crash Illinois is limited to 15 people and those interested must apply by February 17 via the Crash Illinois Web site (   Crash attendees will be announced during the week of February 20.  The League has worked out a deal with the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel for low-cost rooms, and in addition, Crashers will also be responsible for their transportation to Schaumburg and meals.

"We are thrilled about being chosen as a 2012 Crash site by The Cooperative Trust and CUNA Mutual Group," said Gregory Framarin, ICUL Director of Educational Development.  "It will be exciting to provide a fun, positive experience for our young professionals.  This year's convention is not just for the Board anymore!"

To be held April 26 – 28, 2012, ICUL’s 82nd Annual Convention will tout many changes and highlights, not the least of which is a brand new location for the event– the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, which is host to many amenities, including a mecca of world-class shopping options, including Woodfield Mall, and upscale dining.  The theme is "Get in the Game!" 

Connie Payton, wife of the late football legend Walter Payton, has been announced as the Keynote speaker and will present "Family Values, Teambuilding, Embracing Life."  Her address will be part the Keynote and Awards Ceremony, which will include the changing of the gavel and is among a jam-packed schedule of 24 educational opportunities that will also consist of a free pre-con workshop and a closing session.  The Disclosures, an acoustic thrift-rock duo from the land of credit unions are also scheduled to perform.

The 82nd Annual Convention officially kicks off at 4:00 p.m. on April 26th with the exhibit hall grand opening, where more than 80 business partners and other vendors are anticipated to be on display.  Full details of the event can be found at

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