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AGENDA | United in Sustainability Credit Union Summit

A carefully curated two-day event packed with content designed to educate and inspire credit union professionals from around the globe. Watch, connect and interact with speakers and panel discussion participants, explore breakout sessions, share ideas and gather useful information and action items you can use to make a difference for your credit union, the communities you serve and the environment we all share.

NOVEMBER 15, 2021 | DAY 1
All times notes are EST

11:00 – Welcome: MC Tom Kurian, UNFCU Global Sustainability Program, GSP

11:05 – Opening Remarks: The Importance of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Time of COVID-19. Speaker Yma Gordon-Reid, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, UNFCU

11:15 – Keynote: Direct from the UN Climate Conference, COP26, How Credit Unions’ Community Impact Offers a Way Forward on Climate Action. Speaker: Cassie Flynn. Strategic Advisor on Climate Change to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Head of the Climate Strategies and Policy Team, and Head of the Climate Promise

11:30 – Q&A Session: With speaker moderated by Pamela Agnone, EVP, UNFCU, Co-Executive Sponsor, UNFCU GSP

11:40 – Panel Discussion: “Strategies for Bringing New Green Products to Market with Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Evergreen FCU, Civic FCU, Clean Energy FCU, and Redwood FCU. Moderated by Hui Wen Chan, sustainability expert at Spin, a Ford Motor Company or Mike Lawson, host of

12:05 – Presentation: Cultivating the Power of Difference: DEI progress and trends. Victor Corro, co-founder/chair, DEI Collective

12:20 – Q&A Session: with Corro. Moderated by Juan Fernandez, President, New Mexico Credit Union League

12:26 – Panel Discussion: Impact Investing for Economic and Social Good. With Kindred CU, Toronto, Canada, Clearwater CU, Missoula, Montana, Self-Help CU, Durham, North Carolina, UNFCU, New York, New York, and Verity CU, Seattle, Washington. Moderated by Lisa Hochgraf, editor, Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) Management Magazine. ** Add poll questions

12:51 – Breakout Session: Let’s Talk Sustainability Journeys. Facilitated by Network CU members – Miles Hoffman, Premier Members FCU; Simeon Chapman, VSECU (Miles and Simeon provide instructions)

13:16 – Presentation: Generating Business Value through Sustainability: starting and accelerating your journey. Led by Kimberly Kosmenko, Kosmenko & Co., Certified B Corp

13:41 – Tour of the SDG Action Manager. Led by Claire Kells, Officer, UN Global Compact, with Q&A.

13:53 – Recap and a preview of Day 2 – Carlos Calderon, President & CEO, OAS FCU

13:58 – Day one concludes.


NOVEMBER 16, 2021 | DAY 2
All times notes are EST

11:00 – Welcome back – MC Tom Kurian, Program Manager, UNFCU Global Sustainability Program

11:02 – Recap Day One – Carlos Calderon, President and CEO, OAS FCU

11:05 – Keynote: Commitment to Change. Speaker Renée Sattiewhite, CUDE, CDP, President/CEO African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC)

11:20 – Fireside chat: Beyond Diversity, the Impact of Business Resources Groups on Staff Development and Employee Retention – BRG sponsor and BRG participant storytelling. Facilitator Carlene Alexander, Global Diversity Officer, UNFCU

11:40 – Presentation: The Economic Impact of Climate Change on Marginalized Communities: the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a Way Forward. Speaker Mr. Pushpam Kumar, Chief Environmental Economist and Senior Economic Advisor, UN Environment Programme, Washington, DC

11:55 – Q&A Session: With Mr. Kumar. Moderated by Cynthia Yue, 2021-2022 UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations, who will provide generational perspectives.

12:05 – Panel Discussion: Stories of Climate Crisis Resilience with credit unions from New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, (location), California, Kauai, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Moderated by Pablo DeFilippi, Inclusiv

12:25 – Open Forum: Progress update from the UIS Network: Effecting Industry Change through new tools, collective reporting, and advocacy. Led by UIS Working Groups – Tom Kurian, Patrick Siler, and Liz Philippe, UNFCU Global Sustainability Program.

12:55 – Panel – Finding solutions: What’s new in climate policy, community engagement, and advocacy with Jeremy Liskar, Coordinator, Federal Advocacy Campaign, Climate Reality, Jeff Steuer Climate Reality, Leader, Madison, WI, and Neda Arabshahi, Inclusiv. Moderated by TBD Nature Conservancy. (add inclusive logo)

13:15 – Breakout Session: In light of the pandemic and social justice movements, will you develop or change your CSR/ESG plans in 2022? If so, how? Tell us! Facilitated by session attendees who report in.

13:35 – Fireside chat: Measuring your sustainability progress; deep dive into impact analysis with Layalee Ramahi, UNEP Finance Initiative, and Jo Westwood, Manager Climate Strategy and Performance, Vancity Credit Union, British Columbia, Canada

13:55 – 2021 UIS Summit reflections: Recap from Prasad Surapaneni, SVP, CIO UNFCU, Co-Executive Sponsor, UNFCU GSP

14:00 – Day 2 concludes

Please note: The schedule, participants and programming are all subject to change.


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