Expanding Horizons. Exploring Possibilities.

Southwest CUNA Management School is the go-to experience for rising and C-suite credit union professionals. The school provides higher academic style learning and engagement opportunities. Providing both virtual live and self-paced, students build business acumen, broaden their vision for their own credit union’s strategic direction, enhance leadership skills, collaborate, and grow networks to last a lifetime. 

Now Taking Applications for New Students

Apply now for admission.

Online Learning

Newly Designed Experience

Re-imagined for tomorrow’s leaders, an immersive online experience focusing on:

  • Innovation and strategy: Identifying and solving industry problems
  • Credit union growth
  • Professional development
  • Productive collaboration and networking

Curriculum to include:

First Year

  • Communication Skills
  • Creating a Cohesion Culture
  • Data is Awesome, but First, Coffee and the Member
  • Data is Not Only for Data Scientists
  • DEI as a Business Strategy 
  • Enhancing Productivity
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Financial Management Risk Identification and Assessment
  • From Core Value Statement to Action
  • Individuals Win Trophies, High Performance Teams Win Championship
  • Innovation - Next is Now: Driving Disruption, Accelerating Innovation, and Outthinking the Competition
  • Presentation Skills for Today's Business Environment: Live and Virtual
  • Scenario Planning
  • The Evolution of Workplace Safety
  • Understanding Financial Reports
  • Your Personal Brand

Second Year

  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Advocacy - Raise Your Influence 
  • Branding as a Strategy
  • Budgeting with Purpose
  • Ethics as a Professional and Personal Strategy
  • Investment Strategies to Boost Your ROI
  • Lessons Learned During a Pandemic Year
  • Optimizing the Remote Workforce
  • Refactoring Your Lending Program
  • Replacing TGIF with TGIM
  • Strategic Benchmarking
  • The Power of Deposits
  • This Isn't the Financial Institution I Came to Work For - Leading Through Change
  • Who is More Mature, Your Data or Teenager? 
  • Your Credit Union has Perfected Loan Governance, What about Data Governance?

Third Year

  • Are You Ready for a Risk Focused Exam? 
  • Continuously Cultivate New Capabilities
  • Data Consumption – Like Veggies or Sweets? 
  • Digital Life and its Impact on Global Trends in Financial Services
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
  • Financial Simulation - Introduction and Round 1
  • Leader Action Plan
  • Leading with Purpose: Measuring Success Differently
  • Lending through Changing Economic Landscapes
  • Market Leader and CU Advocate
  • Negotiation Strategies
  • Presentation Groups
  • Transitioning from Risk to Resilience
 
 
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