Credit Union Student Choice to Host Three-Part Virtual “Empower U” Conference

Credit Union Student Choice will host a three-part virtual Empower U this fall in place of its annual onsite event. The sixth installment of the highly rated conference was slated for September in Pittsburgh, PA, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Student Choice made the decision to instead host a virtual learning series.
Sessions will be held on three consecutive Thursdays at 3:00 pm ET. Each will feature a 75-minute presentation covering the most important topics surrounding higher education finance for credit unions:
  • September 17, 2020 – The Shifting Landscape of Higher Education Finance: How COVID and new legislation could reshape student lending
    Presented by James Bergeron, President, National Council of Higher Education Resources and Scott Patterson, President and CEO, Credit Union Student Choice

  • September 24, 2020 – Student Choice 2.0: Enhancing user experience to drive stronger member relationships
    Presented by Jason Tanaka, Chief Technology Officer, Credit Union Student Choice, along with a panel of credit union lending and technology executives

  • October 1, 2020 – Economic Outlook: What the latest numbers foreshadow for consumers and credit unions
    Presented by Mike Schenk, Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis and Chief Economist, CUNA
“While we’re disappointed that we are unable to host an in-person conference this year, we are excited for the unique opportunities available with a virtual learning event,” said Michael Weber, Chief Marketing Officer for Student Choice. “This format allows us to bring together respected experts to focus on the most timely and relevant topics, while also making the event widely available to credit unions across the country.”
The events are free and open to all credit unions, not just current Student Choice clients.
“The impact of the pandemic will continue to reverberate across both the economic and legislative front, affecting credit unions and members in numerous ways,” said Weber. “While it’s impossible to predict exactly what the future holds, we’re confident that credit unions will continue to play an important role in helping students and families overcome the financial burden of higher education. This year’s Empower U will play a critically important role by giving credit unions the insight needed to plan for the future.”
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