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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 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.

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.

Join the Emerging Leaders Mixer During Convention 

The Emerging Leaders Mixer will be hosted at the Englewood Brewery in Hershey, PA from 7pm – 9pm on May 18th. All Emerging Leaders are invited, even if you are not registered for Annual Convention. The Mixer is FREE to any Emerging Leader who wishes to attend, simply stop by the Englewood between 7pm-9pm to network and have a few drinks.

The RSVP deadline has been extended to May 5th. Please contact Tyler Staley to get registered.


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.

Women’s Leadership Panel  |  March 21, 2023

Hosted by Council Members Ciara LaVelle, Mackenzie Dana, Bobbi Randall, and Tiffany Lawson 

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. Panelists for this webinar include: 

Lisa Nacey – Director of Marketing, Pheple FCU

Kelly Botti – CEO, TruMark Financial Credit Union

Barb Bowker – Chief Member Experience Officer, PSECU

Jill McGlynn – Chief Member Experience Officer, Cross Valley FCU

Kathy Jumper – Chief Retail Officer, Members 1st FCU


Financial Education at Your Credit Union Panel  |  February 21, 2023

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. We are joined by panelists: Bobbi Randall with Northeast Welch FCU, Randi Marmer with TruMark FCU, Sara Weiser with PSECU, Erica Wennell with UECU, and Foundation Executive Director Sue-Ward Diorio.