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Conference Connection: Networking virtually at CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference and Women in Payments Symposium

The 2021 spring conference season continues to evolve due to COVID-19. Similarly, Federal Reserve Bank leaders continue to embrace new ways to connect as they attended and presented at the events detailed below.


The Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) signature event, CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (Off-site), focused on large scale, industry-wide issues and was presented on a virtual platform to credit union leaders, board members, thought leaders and policymakers. Attendees were able to participate in a dynamic online experience where they could connect with peers and engage with providers virtually. This year’s event included two keynote speakers along with several breakout sessions, messages from Capitol Hill and on-demand sessions available anytime.

Dan Gonzalez, Vice President & National Account Director at the Federal Reserve Banks, presented with other industry leaders on real-time payments, exploring various use cases and factors credit unions should consider in determining how and when to implement real-time payment solutions. Gonzalez spoke about the FedNowSM Service, which is expected to launch in 2023.

The Women in Payments 2021 US Symposium

Women in Payments is dedicated to advancing women in the payments and fintech industries. Their virtual Women in Payments 2021 US Symposium (Off-site) provided perspectives from female leaders in payments, including topics impacting all aspects of the payments ecosystem. This year’s event included executive panel discussions, career development sessions, networking breaks and a keynote address.

Shonda Clay, Executive Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, spoke on Blazing the Trail of Instant and Innovative Payments. The panel included several female leaders at the forefront of their institution’s transition to instant payments. Clay spoke to the industry’s evolution, the opportunities instant payments will present and steps organizations should take to prepare.

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Check out the Industry Events page for additional events throughout the year.


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