The winners of the 2016 It's a Money Thing 365-Day Content Adventure Contest are Afena Federal Credit Union in Marion, Indiana and Midwest Community Credit Union in Defiance, Ohio. These two credit unions will each receive a free 12-month subscription to our It’s a Money Thing financial education content program. During the year, we'll check in and report on how it's going for them.
Mike Lawson once again invited me on his CUbroadcast show to spread the word about our It's a Money Thing program and specifically about our 365 Content Adventure Contest that we are running right now. The entry phase closes this Friday, June 3. Don't delay, get your entry in. What do you haver to lose?
I joined Mike Lawson of CUbroadcast in the CO-OP THINK 16 Studio Lounge along with a little flying friend who wanted to partake in our interview. After being buzzed a few times, we managed to discuss the latest on Millennials and our It's a Money Thing program.
Speaking at a TEDx conference has been on my wish list for a long time. When I saw that a local TEDx event—TEDxChilliwack—was being organized, I jumped at the chance to apply. I was fortunate to be selected and also to be able to present about my passion—financial education. Here's the recording.
You know who your vulnerable members are. They are students struggling to balance school, work, budgets and expenses. Or they are young parents working multiple jobs to make ends meet. Nicolus Blunt, MSR with Kingston Community Credit Union, saw a need for financial education in his community, and how it could help members in need.
Imagine this… a low-income credit union with access to over six thousand college-age students, but no financial education materials to share with them. That was the situation that led Barbara Bean, president and CEO of Cal Poly Federal Credit Union, to enter our contest “365-Day Content Adventure Contest” in June, 2015.
We doubled first prize! We had 17 credit unions enter our It's a Money Thing 365-Day Content Adventure Contest, and wow—what amazing entries! Each credit union had to submit an entry that detailed an overall strategy, presented a creative plan for deployment, outlined the potential impact of implementing the plan and demonstrated credit union need.
The CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec competition is back for the 6th year! It is fantastic to one again be working alongside our partners at CUES and DDJ Myers. I am really proud of the impact that this competition has had in the lives of young credit union professionals from all corners of the United States, Canada and beyond.
Mid way through my last year of art school, I started a design business on the side. I called the company McAlpine Graphic Communications and was officially in business January 2, 1990. I was 20 at the time, had zero qualifications to be a business owner and I had only had one real job (if you don't count paperboy at 12 and the fry guy at McDonald's at 14).
2015 is just around the corner, which means many of us will be finalizing our new year’s resolutions such as the ones above before that giant, shiny, glittery ball drops at midnight. While new year’s resolutions regarding health and family are among the most popular, money is also at the top of the list. As I look back and reflect on 2014, here are a few things I learned that may be of some assistance as you enter the new year.
You can take a class on just about anything these days. Frostburg State University offers an honors seminar on the science of Harry Potter. Rutgers University allows students to take a course on Beyoncé. If you were deprived of climbing trees as a kid, you can make up for lost time at Cornell.
Let’s talk about trust, y’all. I recently took my biannual visit to the dentist. I decided to try a new doctor this time around after scheduling conflicts with my usual guy, and after it was all said and done, I found myself exiting the building with a sour taste in my mouth (both literally and figuratively).
When I log on to Facebook and scroll down my Newsfeed, I am normally bombarded by selfies, inane rants typed in all caps to truly convey one’s rage, and cat videos. But wedged in between these typical posts are friends’ and colleagues’ life milestones, one of which being: The first home purchase.
For the past four years, we've gathered all of our Young & Free clients together for something we call the Young & Free Marketer Meet-up. This is held the day before the annual CU Water Cooler Symposium. As part of the Marketer Meet-up, we also hold something called the Young & Free Spokester Summit where our active Spokesters get together, connect, learn from one another and credit a collaborative video.
Imagine it's your friend's birthday. You get them an AWESOME gift and decide to deliver it in a really cool, unconventional way. In the dead of night, you break into their house and put the gift in the foyer, where they are sure to see it. They (understandably) are not pleased.
According to a study by the University of Georgia, Gen Y is the most cynical generation EVAR. The study shows that Gen Y is gloomier than the slackers of Gen X, and waaaaay less trusting than baby boomers.
As I've matured from an angsty teen to a curmudgeonly Old, I've become very aware of the necessity to invest. "INVEST OR DIE ALONE WORKING YOUR SECOND JOB AT WAL-MART AT THE AGE OF 83!" the headlines scream, which is not my idea of fun in my old age.
Matt Davis and I had a great conversation about this year's CU Water Cooler Symposium with Mike Lawson from CUbroadcast. Bonus tip: If you watch all of the way through, there's a discount code that will save you a bunch off of the regular price.
I thought that we were over the "GEN Y IS THE WORST GENERATION EVAR!!" articles that were so popular circa 2010, but we still seem to be in a circle of neverending speculation: "Gen Y is lazy!" "Gen Y doesn't want to work!" "All Gen Y cares about are phones and twittering!"
At least two or three times a month I get asked "How can I make my (video, blog post, photo of child) get viral? I want to be the next Dollar Shave Club or Chipotle Kid." This means that at least two or three times a month I mentally find a wall and begin sliding down it, while pulling out my hair.
Earlier this year, I worked with a credit union in Saskatchewan, Canada to help set up and guide their foray into social media. They have a small marketing department and weren’t sure they’d be able to do everything they wanted to do when it came to social media.
Our second It's a Money Thing video is complete and ready for our subscribers. Jen meets Credit Squirrel and learns about credit scores and why they are important. It's fast-paced and filled with educational tidbits. I'm very proud of this piece and it really sets the tone of what you can expect from our content packs going forward.
During my acting days, a particularly astute director once gave me this piece of wisdom: "Villains never believe that they are the villain of their own story. In their mind, they are right." This is not to paint all upper management as villains, but rather to help you identify if you are the one holding up progress. No one ever wants to think of themselves as being a barrier to progress, but you may be inadvertently creating roadblocks for your team.
Say I offered you a pill. This pill allows your company to be the most profitable in your industry. This is a great achievement, because you are raking in the big bucks while some of your competitors are struggling to even stay afloat.
I am excited to announce that Larissa Walkiw has joined Currency as a full-time graphic designer and illustrator. You may remember Larissa as our very first Young & Free Alberta Spokester and the creator of the original Difference Between Banks and Credit Unions video series way back in 2008.