Every year, the New York Credit Union Association brings in a diverse group of speakers who tell powerful stories and share insightful knowledge. At EXCEL 19, the Association’s Annual Meeting & Convention, the speakers are sure to leave attendees feeling inspired, excited and motivated!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Kevin ElkoDr. Kevin Elko — Nerves of Steel
10:45 am - 11:45 am

Dr. Kevin Elko has worked with some of the biggest names in sports and business. He has consulted with various successful NFL teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints. He’s also worked with seven BCS National Championship Football Teams, including the University of Miami, L.S.U., the University of Alabama and Florida State University.

In this session, Dr. Elko will teach attendees how to be mentally tough when times call for it, and how to stay focused on the things that are truly important.

Although there has been much energy given to stress and how to handle it, the challenges of the stressful environment remain. Today’s workplace is more stressful than ever, and people report being less able to handle their environment now than any time in history. In his approach, Dr. Elko discusses the strategy necessary to develop “Nerves of Steel.” He points out the importance of intrinsic motivation and how to keep those motivators in front of you at all times. Dr. Elko discusses how to focus using specific self-talk, how to identify the internal “Voice of Judgment” and how to internally respond to it. Finally, to retain the information taught in this program, Dr. Elko explains how to give away the very thing you need... your “68.”

There is very little evidence that I.Q. alone is responsible for the success that an individual has in life. But one’s ability to focus through adversity, be creative and maintain motivation—all factors that are referred to as having “Nerves of Steel”—have been known to have a significant influence on one’s success and satisfaction.


DorseyJason Dorsey — Crossing the Generational Divide at Work
11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Jason Dorsey wrote his first bestselling book at age 18. Today, he’s the most sought-after millennial and Generation Z speaker and researcher, receiving over 1,000 keynote speaking requests each year.

Dorsey’s gift is solving generational challenges for leaders through his unique research and acclaimed presentations. He delivers specific, practical solutions grounded in original research that drive measurable results.

He’s been featured on over 200 TV shows, including 60 Minutes, 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, CNBC and The Early Show. Dorsey has been called a “research guru” by Adweek and The New York Times featured him in its cover story on marketing to millennials.

EXCEL 19 attendees will leave Dorsey’s presentation armed with specific actions that will drive key outcomes such as communication, trust, innovation, recruiting, retention and more.


Saturday, June 15, 2019

CulpBrettBrett Culp — Superhero Leadership: How Everyday People can Have an Extraordinary Impact
9:15 am  - 10:15 am

Brett Culp is an acclaimed filmmaker and social entrepreneur whose work has inspired audiences around the world. He is the personal cinematographer for Hollywood stars, music icons, beloved authors, hall of fame athletes and royal families. His films have been shown on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. He has been featured in USA Today, Entertainment Tonight, WIRED, The LA Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime, WEtv and many more.

With his uplifting documentary film “Legends of the Knight,” Culp pioneered a ground-breaking approach to community building and relationship-driven engagement. Without a single dollar spent on marketing or advertising, and no paid staff, the feature film successfully screened in theaters in 110 cities across the globe, raising $100,000 for charity. Each showing was hosted by local volunteers who took the initiative to organize and promote the event.

Culp’s inspiring keynote speeches deliver practical methods for aligning teams behind a meaningful mission and creating growth through trust and genuine connectivity. His high energy programs are filled with touching moments, extraordinary filmmaking stories, humor and insights about developing rewarding relationships through generosity and authenticity. Culp’s message impacts audiences on a personal level, motivating them to find the best within themselves and bring it to their world.


DixonBrent Dixon — The Credit Union of the Twenty-First Century
10:30 am  - 11:30 am

Brent Dixon is an interdisciplinary designer, facilitator, and strategist whose work represents a lifetime commitment to nurturing collaboration and inclusion toward economic, social, and ecological sustainability.

Brent advises on behalf of the Filene Research Institute, and through his 15 years in the credit union movement has worked with every major credit union trade association in North America and credit unions ranging in size from very small to over $10 billion in assets. He founded the Cooperative Trust, a development community for young credit union professionals. The Cooperative Trust received a 2017 Herb Wegner Award for its role in supporting the future of the credit union movement.

Brent previously launched Moeda Seeds, a multinational microfinance technology company, and co-founded and lead an innovation unit in the United Nations Office of Information and Communication Technology. He is currently Board Chair of Communitere International, a global humanitarian organization creating dynamic, collaborative hubs in displaced and post-disaster communities.

The near future of financial services calls for a re-imagining of the way we think and do business. In this keynote, former Filene researcher and United Nations innovation specialist Brent Dixon will paint a future credit union landscape that weaves together emerging technologies, 21st century economic and social trends, and the four operating models that are driving banking forward. Attendees will walk away understanding how the core credit union mission connects to modern realities, and how to prepare for what's next.

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