Credit Union Leadership Institute

The Credit Union Leadership Institute is an in-depth series of workshops designed for credit union employees who show the ability to assume greater roles and responsibilities. It is performance-based instruction that teaches the art of leadership with focused, guided practices that encourage interactive participation and discussions. Employees will delve into real life case studies, developing deep relationships with their peers that enhance and strengthen the credit union community. Private one-on-one mentoring/coaching sessions are key to success. This investment in developing credit union leaders directly improves quality, efficiency, and performance within teams, offices and branches thus improving the credit union’s bottom line.

“CU Leadership Institute helped me start my journey to become the CEO. I highly recommend the CU Leadership Institute to anyone who aspires to become a better leader.” —Jeremy Gibson, CEO of Trona Valley Community FCU

Why it Works

It is our vision to develop the skills of our credit union leaders by providing tools that guide employees in superior service. We believe credit union leaders should anticipating the needs of our members, foster internal relationships, enhance the credit union culture, and strengthen our presence in our communities.

The benefits of developing leaders directly relates to higher employee commitment, reduced turnover, higher morale, and increased productivity and profitability for credit unions. Improved accountability, stronger work ethic, better employee relations, greater retention, and better conflict management are all a direct result of participating in the Credit Union Leadership Institute.

A 360 survey was given pre-training and post-training to supervisors and co-workers of the participants. Overall, participant scores increased nearly 10% from the pre-training survey to the post-training survey.

Participant scores increased most notably in the following areas:
– Exemplifying organizational values
– Time management skills
– Assuming responsibility for problems and issues
– Helping others achieve their goals
– Coaching and mentoring employees
– Training their future potential replacement
– Setting high expectations
– Enabling others to assume leadership roles
– Minimized micro-management tactics
– Giving, receiving, and using feedback

“The Leadership Institute is designed for both leaders new to their role and for more tenured leaders. The activities and discussions are designed to take you out of your comfort zone, and allow you to make your point as well as hear other points of view.” —Paul Kirkbride, Ent Federal Credit Union

Exceptional Instruction

The Credit Union Leadership Institute is instructed by experts in the field of leadership development from Peregrine Leadership Institute. Dr. Olin Oedekoven, PhD., President/CEO, has over 30 years experience at all organizational levels from first-line leaders to strategic leadership. Olin has extensive work experience in both the public and private sectors, with a comprehensive background in management, business administration and organizational leadership. He specializes in tapping into the leader within and helping people recognize their hidden potential and then learn how to become a key leader within their organization.

His team of experts include Deb Robbins, SPHR, Chief Operating Officer, Howard A. (Art) Dillon, Jr., Leadership Consultant, and Robin Carlson, Leadership Consultant.

When and Where

Arizona: 2020 Series
March 3-4, Tucson
May 5-6, Virtual
August 5-6, Virtual
October 22-23, Virtual

Wyoming: 2020 Series
March 10-11, Casper
May 12-13, Virtual
August 11-12, Virtual
September 15-16, Virtual

Colorado: 2020 Series
May 19-20, Zoom
June 30, July 1-2, Virtual
August 18-19, Virtual
September 22-23, Virtual


Plan for four 2-day workshops with dinner networking sessions.


Participants may select any series, regardless of their location. However, due to customization of instruction, participants must stay within selected series.

Nomination Process

Nominations for 2020 Leadership Institute are now closed.  Email Diana Adell at with questions.

2020 MWCUA Leadership Institute Overview

CU Leadership Institute Nomination Form 2020


The $3500 tuition includes instruction, all class handouts, books, videos, materials, and all lunches and dinners.

Scholarships & Grants

There are several resources to help pay for tuition. Access a PDF of the Scholarship Application. The Wyoming Workforce Development Training Fund Program Grants can provide up to $2000 per employee per year—apply online to see if you qualify. The NCUA also offers grants.

“The MWCUA CU Leadership Institute was, by far, one of the most incredible experiences that I have had professionally. I walked away with some tangible tools for being an effective leader, a cohort that I have built personal and professional relationships with, and tremendous growth.” —Bree Dronen, Laramie Plains FCU


To help the alumni of the Mountain West Credit Union Leadership Institute on their leadership journey, your fellow alumni have assembled a few resources for you. It’s easy to stay connected to a community of credit union leaders who want to see you succeed.

Stay Connected

Stay connected with your classmates and other credit union leaders than have participated in the Credit Union Leadership Institute. The links below being revised—please check back later for more information.

Mountain West Credit Union Leadership Institute on Facebook
MWCUA Leadership Institute Alumni group on LinkedIn

Get Inspired

The Foundation Blog is your source for regular posts on leadership and personal development. You’ll also find guest posts from other credit union leaders writing about their experiences.

Move Forward

Looking for a next step in your journey? The Foundation Executive Leadership Program is an opportunity to put your leadership training into high gear. Unlike many of the Foundation’s professional development opportunities, this program is more than a scholarship—it’s a complete five-year curriculum built to develop leaders specifically for the credit union industry.

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