CUlead Program

CUlead is a program aimed at building and enhancing our credit union management staffs' leadership abilities to further the credit union and cooperative movements.

It's an extensive leadership program with interactive discussions, insightful projects, and focused practices.


Applications for the 2023 CUlead class opened July 15, 2022. As a popular program, CUlead will return in 2023, regardless the status of the Cornerstone merger.


About the program

  • Structure: One-year commitment. See program overview below.
  • Location: Sessions and field trips held in the Kansas City area.
  • Class size: Limited to 24 leaders per class.

Who should apply?

  • Mid-level managers who have leadership potential and are ready to further develop their leadership skills. 
  • Two or more years of management or supervisory experience recommended. 

Why apply for CUlead?

  • Develop and build leadership skills.
  • Share and grow with peers.
  • Learn from nationally recognized presenters and industry experts.
  • Engage with peers and speakers.
  • Network with CUlead alumni.

Participant program expectations

  • Complete all pre-session assignments.
  • Complete group and individual assignments and projects in a timely manner. 
  • Attend all in-person sessions. Virtual attendance will not be offered.
  • Actively participate in all sessions. This includes being a group leader, making presentations to the group and more. 
  • Identify and select a mentor who will assist the participant in the program.
  • Communicate roles and responsibilities to mentor. 
Read all expectations

Educational Investment

  • $1,950
    • includes lunches and Tuesday night dinner-
    • scholarships available through HCUCF
  • Travel expenses to Kansas City and overnight hotel stays* not included in tuition

*HCUA arranges a discounted room block at nearby hotel as an option.


  • July 15, 2022: Applications open
  • October 20, 2022: Application deadline
  • November 28, 2022: Acceptance letters sent 
  • December 2, 2022: Welcome webinar
  • January 2023: CUlead class public announcement
  • January 17-18, 2023: First CUlead session


Contact Clint Armistead, 800.392.3074 x1321.


2023 CUlead Program Overview


January 17-18
Getting back to our roots.
Take a step back and revisit our credit union history and philosophy. Brush up on your networking technique, meet HCUA staff, and prepare for our Day at the Capitol events. Round out the session by studying leadership and hearing from a diverse panel of leaders. 


June 20-21
What is communication?
Communication is the name of the game. We’ll address the cause of poor communication and how to avoid it. Learn how to interact with local media outlets via social and traditional channels and how to communicate in a crisis.


Kansas: February 6 (Topeka, KS)
Missouri: February 14 (Jefferson City, MO)
Day at the Capitol events.
Virtual briefing. Network with your peers, learn about the legislative process, hear from legislative leadership, and interact with lawmakers.


August 15-16
Just the facts Ma’am.
Understand the facts by studying the financial ratios, board governance, compliance regulations and risk management. We’ll look at operations and member service by visiting local credit unions, along with a trip to the Federal Reserve.


April 18-19
Culture and HR.
Dig into personality types. Start by learning your Predictive Index and then dive into values, building a culture and hiring practices that support your culture. Gain insight about how new leaders transition into their supervisor roles.


November 7-8
Here’s to the Future!
Before we celebrate our graduation, let’s look at technology and innovation, and the “ins and outs” of strategic plans. CEOs and mentors will be invited to our luncheon and graduation ceremony.