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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.

Events and Development Opportunities

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.

Crash Annual Convention in May – Apply by February 10

Brand new for 2023, CrossState is excited to introduce the CrossState Crashers program. Five lucky Emerging Leaders members will receive free registration for our Annual Convention in Hershey, PA. They will also receive complimentary tickets to the Foundation Luncheon and Financial Literacy Awards on Friday of Convention. Crashers will help the Foundation with raffle ticket sales and donations, act as the welcome party for the CU Ambassador Contestants and, of course, get plenty of time to enjoy Convention.

To apply for this program, please download and complete this application form and return it to Tyler Staley.


“Financial Education at Your Credit Union” Panel  |  February 21 at 10a.m.

Financial education is the cornerstone of the Credit Union Movement. Credit Unions empower their members by providing a solid foundation and roadmap to financial success. Join the Emerging Leaders and a panel of CrossState members who will share their experiences with financial education tools – Certified Financial Counselors (FiCEP certification), Financial Reality Fairs and online engagement. We will also hear from members who won past Financial Literacy Awards from the CrossState Foundation.

Learn what other credit unions are doing to provide the best financial education for their members and community, maybe you will pick up a few ideas for your own credit union.  Register Here 


Women’s Leadership Panel  |  Exact date TBD

Hosted by Ciara LaVelle, Pheple FCU – Pittsburgh Regional Representative 

March is Women’s History Month, what better way to celebrate than a panel dedicated to women in credit union leadership? Join this webinar as we ask the panelists questions submitted by the Emerging Leaders members and we take questions live from the audience.

Check back for more details on our panelists joining us in March.

Kathleen Fey Executive Leadership Program

Members of the Association’s Emerging Leaders are invited and encouraged to apply for the Executive Leadership Program. An opportunity you don’t want to miss!

The Executive Leadership Program was created for future leaders of the credit union industry and provides more than $20,000 of funding for each participant for six years of credit union leadership development. The Foundation funds registration, travel and lodging for the following training:  two years of CrossState Leadership School, DE Training and three years of CUNA Management School. We would love to see applicants from various asset size credit unions.

Each year, two active Emerging Leader members are selected as Credit Union Fellows to participate in the program.

The Fellows will be selected based upon information provided in their written application. Approval and a letter of recommendation must be received from the applicant’s credit union CEO along with a resume and the application. The submission deadline for Executive Leadership Program applications is February 15, 2023. For more information on this outstanding opportunity, contact Sue Ward-Diorio, Executive Director of the Foundation, at 717-839-2244.

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Who are the Emerging Leaders?

The current Emerging Leaders group consists of over 250 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.