Emerging Leaders

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Developing Future Leaders

The continued success of our movement depends on preparing today’s young people to take on the challenges of tomorrow. That’s why we developed the CrossState Emerging Leaders program, and are thrilled to share it with you. This program features an integration of strengths from CrossState’s Emerging Leaders network.

As a free member benefit, the group is guided by a leadership council of Emerging Leaders, as selected by their peers. Its mission is to engage young professionals in the future of the credit union movement through career development training and education, networking, leadership development, community service and outreach, and political advocacy.

The Emerging Leaders program focuses primarily on those members under the age of 40, but enrollment is open to any interested members.


Who are the Emerging Leaders?

The current Emerging Leaders group consists of over 270 professionals aged 18-40, but there is always room for more.  We invite you to encourage Emerging Leaders from your credit union to join this valuable network where they can engage with other young professionals via in-person meetings and trainings, webinars, and where they can learn and grow from each other.


Existing members from both New Jersey and Pennsylvania will be automatically included in the new Emerging Leaders program. New members may simply complete the application.

If either you or your Emerging Leaders have any questions, please email Tyler Staley.

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Upcoming Events

The Emerging Leaders group hosts monthly webinars and other events throughout the year. Visit the Events Calendar on our main webpage for a full list of events offered by CrossState.

July Webinar: Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking


Past Events & Webinars

The Emerging Leaders Group maintains video recordings of most of its webinars. If you would like access to any of the below webinar recordings, please contact Tyler Staley. These recordings are FREE to all Emerging Leaders and CrossState Members.

Wealth and Mental Health

Your wealth, or lack thereof, can have a major impact on your mental health and well-being. Sara Weiser, AVP of Product Marketing & Communications at Members 1st FCU, hosted this informative webinar that discusses the impacts economic struggles can have on mental health.

Emerging Leaders: Women’s Leadership Panel

March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate the month than a panel dedicated to women in credit union leadership? Join us on March 19 as our panelists discuss the challenges and successes they have faced in their careers and offer practical advice for young women in the credit union movement. Learn from:

  • Kelly Botti, CEO of TruMark Financial Credit Union
  • Dana Brown, Chief Retail Banking Officer of TruMark Financial Credit Union
  • Erin Hermany, SVP of Consumer Lending & Card Operations of Members 1st FCU
  • Kristina Meixner, Chief Compliance Officer of Cross Valley FCU

Learn about Successful Financial Education Programs: Meet the 2023 Financial Literacy Award Winners

Each year the CrossState Foundation holds the Financial Literacy Awards and chooses 5 winners. The Foundation receives applications from across Pennsylvania and New Jersey and a review committee chooses programs of excellence from various credit union asset sizes. Learn from the 2023 Financial Literacy Award Winners.

Welcome to the Emerging Leaders Introductory Webinar

This webinar was a preview of what we have in store for 2024, to meet the Council Members, and to learn how the Emerging Leaders Group functions.

Emerging Leaders Webinar – “Scholarships and Awards Info Session”

Join your fellow Emerging Leaders on Tuesday, September 26th at 10am to learn more about all the scholarships, awards, and grants offered by CrossState. Personal development is key to advancing in your career, but sometimes it can be difficult to get budgetary approval to attend events. With a scholarship to any number of CrossState events, members don’t have to worry about covering the bill!

We will also discuss the amazing development opportunities offered by the Foundation’s Kathleen Fey Executive Leadership Program. Each year, two active Emerging Leaders will be selected as Credit Union Fellows to participate in the program. The Executive Leadership Program was created for the future leaders of the credit union industry and provides $20,000 of funding for each participant for a six-year curriculum of credit union leadership development.

Financial Lifeline for the Special Needs Community | August 22 | 10am 

This is a special presentation by Sarah Smith, the 2023 Credit Union Ambassador. Sarah is the mother of two children with special needs and recognized opportunities for her credit union, and other financial institutions, to better serve those members with special needs. Sarah’s project has huge potential to better people’s lives and promote financial security for everyone. Below is a small excerpt from Sarah’s project.

From Inflation to Recession | Wednesday, July 12 

After interest rates were raised to the degree that it has, the probability of a recession is high. In addition, 83% of global central banks are raising rates in order to quell inflation, exacerbating the growth slowdown. This is also an environment where inflation pressures often come down. In fact, it appears that inflation has peaked for the cycle. Commodity, rent, and home prices have fallen. Meanwhile, transportation costs are tumbling. Retail and wholesale inventories are up a huge 20% on a year-over-year basis. Sinking inflation and a likely change of policy stance by the Federal Reserve by mid-2023 bodes well for future returns in the bond market. In this session, we will discuss the prevailing economic trends, the outlook for Federal Reserve policy and interest rates.

Stop the Stage Fright & be a Better Leader  |  June 20, 2023 at 10am

Of all the fears and phobias in the world, one of the most prevalent is a fear of public speaking. The thought of standing in front of an audience with all eyes on you could make anyone feel anxious. Unfortunately, many people are confident as subject matter experts, but let their nerves get in the way of effectively sharing that knowledge with an audience.

Elevating your public speaking skills is an excellent way to set yourself apart from the crowd and advance your career. Many of the qualities sought in a leadership candidate can also be found in a confident speaker. This training will provide attendees with practical tools and tips to reduce speaking anxiety, improve presentations and help become better communicators.