2020 Principles & Philosophy Conference
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/27/2020 to 10/29/2020
When: October 27-29, 2020
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Caraway Conference Center
4756 Caraway Mountain Rd
Sophia, North Carolina  27350
United States
Contact: Jeff Hardin
800-822-8859, ext 563

Online registration is available until: 10/12/2020
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What makes the Principles & Philosophy Conference unique?

Share in the core principles and values that make credit unions great

The conference is a deep dive into the cooperative business model and the Seven Cooperative Principles that differentiate credit unions in the marketplace. 

In addition to the operating principles, attendees learn the social purpose of co-ops and credit unions. Participants leave with a greater understanding of just how special credit unions are, and why the Seven Cooperative Principles are at heart good business practices.

Who should attend?

The Principles & Philosophy Conference appeals to a wide range of professionals, including:

  • Young professionals who wish to learn more about credit unions.
  • More seasoned professionals who have come to credit unions from banks and other industries.
  • Longtime credit union employees who wish to deepen their appreciation for the uniqueness of credit unions.

No matter where you are in your credit union career, the Principles & Philosophy Conference will deepen your appreciation of the credit union movement!



The 2020 conference will take place at the Caraway Conference Center near  Sophia, North Carolina. Set in the Uwharrie Mountains of central NC, Caraway provides modern day comforts in tranquil surroundings that will offer a stimulating learning environment.


Per-person tuition of $700 is all inclusive (conference registration and materials, two nights' lodging, all meals and snacks).


Staff and volunteers at credit unions may apply and be considered for a scholarship to attend the conference. Scholarships include all conference costs (all meals, two nights of lodging, and all conference materials). Incidental costs, including travel to and from the conference center, are not included. Scholarship applications will be accepted beginning June 15 through August 28.


If you would like more information about the conference, please contact Jeff Hardin (919-457-9063). 

Tentative Conference Agenda:

Tuesday, October 27

Noon                     Arrival / Lunch

12:45 - 200 pm -   Welcome / Introductions

2:00 - 5:00 pm -    The Life Simulation

5:30 - Until -           Dinner / Social Activity

Wednesday, October 28

7:30 - 8:15 am -     Breakfast

8:15 - 10:30 am -   Ice Breaker + Introduction to Cooperatives and the Co-op Business Model 

10:30 - Noon -       Seven Cooperative Principles Training and Discussion

Noon - 2:00 pm -   Lunch and Extended Break

2:00 - 5:30 pm -     Seven Cooperative Principles Training and Discussion + Group Planning

5:30 - Until -           Dinner and Social Activity

Thursday, October 29

7:30 - 8:15 am -      Breakfast

8:15 - 10:30 am -    CU Pioneer History Skits

10:30 - 11:30 am -   Individual Action Planning

11:30 - Noon -         Conference Wrap-Up and Graduation

Noon -                     Adjourn


Each cancellation received in writing via email or fax by Monday, October 5 is eligible for a refund of the amount paid minus a $250 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted any time prior to the event. For details on CCUL’s Cancellation & Refund Policies, click here.

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Raleigh, NC 27603

800-822-8859 Phone
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Columbia, SC 29201

800-822-8859 Phone
803-732-4268 Fax

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