Get ready: S3 kicks off next week; Ito, Harper, more headline event

(Aug. 13, 2021) NCUA Board Chairman Todd Harper, employment guru Diane Reed, mortgage lending expert Tracy Jean Ashfield and NASCUS President and CEO Lucy Ito are among the headliners for next week’s 2021 NASCUS State System Summit (S3), a virtual meeting for the state credit union system.

Others leading sessions at the Tuesday and Wednesday event (Aug. 17-18, which kicks off both days at 1:30 p.m. ET) include Economist Thomas Siems, NCUA Deputy Director, Office of Examination and Insurance Tim Segerson and NASCUS Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brian Knight.

The 2021 S3 is the flagship event for NASCUS and the annual conference for the state credit union system. It’s a unique event which brings together credit union regulators and practitioners for a mutual exchange of dialog, problem-solving, and shared resources within the system during two days of learning and networking with friends, colleagues, and industry leaders from across the country.

New this year at S3 is an attendee hub (for registered participants in S3), via, that provides access to presentation downloads and on-demand videos of each session. Also new will be “gamification,” in which attendees earn points just by visiting the hub and interacting with the website. Participants with the greatest number of points win a prize.

NASCUS’ Lucy Ito will be delivering her final “State of the State System” remarks as CEO of the association at the first day of S3; she announced earlier this year she will retire at the end of 2021. NCUA’s Harper (who was just renominated for a new term on the agency board; see additional item) will participate in a conversation with Ito in the following session.

Other sessions include:

  • Diane Reed, president of HRDoc in Fairfax, Va. and veteran credit union human resources professional, will address employment trends at credit unions in the context of the ongoing pandemic.
  • Thomas Siems, Ph.D., senior economist and director of research for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) in Washington on the latest economic trends and their effect on financial regulation.
  • Tracy Jean Ashfield, president of Ashfield & Associates, Madison, Wis., on mortgage lending trends and strategic planning.
  • Tim Segerson of NCUA and Brian Knight of NASCUS on developments in the appraisal industry and the implications of those for credit unions.

Additionally, NASCUS Regulator Board Chairman Rose Conner (administrator of the North Carolina Credit Union Division) and NASCUS Credit Union Advisory Council Chairman Mike Williams (president and CEO of Colorado Credit Union in Denver) will offer remarks from their perspectives as leaders of the association.

“Each year the S3 offers illuminating presentations, compelling dialog and new ideas for the state credit union system, and I expect this year’s Summit to live up to if not exceed our past performance,” NASCUS’ Ito said. “I hope as many members of the state system as possible will join me next week for my final state system Summit as president of NASCUS.”


Registration, agenda, 2021 NASCUS S3 (State System Summit)