Keynote Speakers
Chris Gardner

CEO Of Happyness and author of The Pursuit of Happyness

   Day 1  •  07/31/19  •  9:00 am – 10:00 am
The Pursuit of Happyness: How to Find Opportunities in the Toughest Struggles

You’ve seen the award-winning movie, the Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith. Now hear the amazing story behind the movie of Chris Gardner, whose journey from homeless Veteran to extraordinary success captivated the hearts of millions of movie and book fans world-wide! Chris’ story will inspire you and your entire team to overcome any struggle you may face as you put his Power of Choice to work to achieve extraordinary results. Within every struggle there is an opportunity. Discover how to pursue your own “happyness” and become a world-class leader using the same principles Chris applied to lift himself out of homelessness … overcome the challenges as a single father … build a multi-million-dollar investment firm … produce his first film … and even get his picture featured on a box of Cheerios! Grab a seat early for this thought-provoking opening address, as Chris reveals the strategies you can use to overcome your toughest challenges and achieve your full potential.

Afterburner, Inc.

Elite Fighter Pilots

   Day 2  •  08/01/19  •  8:45 am – 9:30 am
Flawless Execution: How to Improve Performance Using the Tactical Secrets of America’s Fighter Pilots

Join our military special forces in this one-of-a-kind session. Discover how elite fighter pilots achieve their missions in both training and combat – and how you can apply the same tactics in your mission as the leader of your CU. Afterburner, Inc.’s Flawless Execution framework is used by more than 150 Fortune 500 companies and many more organizations throughout the U.S. to help close the Execution Gap – the gap between what an organization plans to do and what it actually achieves. This keynote address will give you the 4 Steps to Flawless Execution:

  1. Plan: Learn how fighter pilots plan for a mission using the 6 Steps to Mission Planning.
  2. Brief: Communicate the plan to maximize the quality of frontline execution.
  3. Execute: Discover how fighter pilots ensure flawless execution in their missions by eliminating performance-draining task saturation.
  4. Debrief: Implement nameless and rankless feedback sessions in your squadron to guarantee maximum learning.

Featured on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg News among many other networks, you get Afterburner’s secrets to apply these 4 steps to your strategic and agile planning process, so you can build a culture of flawless execution.

Bonus: The first 100 CEOs who register are also invited to a special Q&A Luncheon with Afterburner, Thursday, Aug 1, to discuss how to apply the 4 Steps to Flawless Execution in their own CUs. Note: This special luncheon is only available to the first 100 CEOs who have paid to register.

You may also be interested in the Rapid Planning Workshop (separate registration fee required). Join the Afterburner speakers for a half-day workshop Thursday, August 1, as they reveal step-by-step how to develop quick, tactical plans using Afterburner’s combat-proven planning process in your CU.

Susan Ershler

Everest-climber and co-author of Together on Top of the Word: The Remarkable Story of the First Couple to Climb the Fabled Seven Summits

   Day 3  •  08/02/19  •  9:00 am – 10:00 am
Take You & Your CU to New Heights with a History-Making Everest Climber

World-renowned Everest climber, corporate executive and author, Susan Ershler reveals the life-lessons anyone can apply as she, with her husband, became the First couple to climb the world’s Seven Summits. Susan knows a thing or two about taking things to new heights. She has been featured on GMA, Today Show, CNN, and New York Times after climbing the highest mountains on each of the world’s seven continents. Even more impressive, she was climbing the world’s highest mountain while maintaining a successful career as a business and sales executive at several Fortune 500 companies, leading teams to sales records, beating quotas from $1 million to $600 million. Throughout her life and career, Susan has attained heights that most would find unimaginable. What has set her apart is a set of guiding principles that can be adopted by anyone who dreams of achieving a seemingly impossible goal. In this awe-inspiring keynote address, she shares her secrets for success and determination to achieve goals no matter how difficult or out of reach, so you can enjoy the thrill of celebrating your own success from the top of the world.

Patrick Adams

CEO, St. Louis Community CU

   Day 3  •  08/02/19  •  10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Big Pivot: How CUs Can Gain the Edge in a Digital Market

If there was ever a time for CUs to gain a competitive edge over the big banks, the Fintechs and the online banking wannabes it is right now! Many CUs are enjoying record growth in lending. ROA continues to climb. And capital reserves are rapidly growing. The time for the biggest shift in the credit union movement is now! Join the CU Leadership Convention’s All-Time Highest-Rated speaker, Patrick Adams, as he returns to share how CUs can take advantage of “The Big Pivot” and make a dramatic shift leveraging digital technology while also keeping one foot firmly planted on what makes CUs great – empathy! As CEO of St. Louis Community CU, Patrick shows how his CU and others around the country are blending big data with empathy by better understanding members’ purchase path … by making smarter hiring decisions with AI … and by managing the organization using predictive analytics. Find out how the country’s leading CUs are using digital tools to give themselves an edge and beating some of the largest players in banking!

John Moreno

Managing Partner,
5K Consulting

   Day 1  •  07/31/19  •  10:00 am – 10:30 am
Be the Best by NOT being Normal: How to Build an Extraordinary Culture for Success at Your CU

At  the current rate, by 2031 there will be fewer than 2600 credit union in the United States!  The competition to survive will be more intense than ever. John Moreno, one of our all-time highest rated speakers returns to the conference for this ground-breaking session that WILL challenge your perspective and give you the keys to position your CU for success in this coming age of ultra-competitive banking! John will share what highly successful credit unions are doing to stay on top and the lessons you can bring to your organization to position yourself for extraordinary success now and into the future. You will come away with a profound new insight into the marketplace and your place within it.  You will gain a better understanding of the differences between excellent organizations and the “also-rans.” And you will have a new perspective on what it will take to be successful in the coming age – GUARANTEED!