First International Partnership Workshop Held on International Credit Union Day
Claire Warner (Texas Credit Union League) and Sharon Bahr (Missouri Credit Union Association) work on multicultural business cases.
Twenty-seven individuals from 11 U.S. leagues
involved in World Council of Credit Unions, Inc.'s
(WOCCU) International Partnership Program
participated in the first ever International
Partnership workshop held October 20-21, in
conjunction with International Credit Union
The first day the representatives – from
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts,
Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina,
Oregon, and Texas – were able to highlight their
partnership on Capitol Hill as they demonstrated
constituent support for WOCCU's work and how
credit unions put the "people helping people"
philosophy to work internationally. Participants
also enjoyed an International Credit Union Day
reception at the Rayburn Building sponsored by
CUNA and WOCCU.
The next day, the partnership workshop began.
the first of three sessions, WOCCU CEO Pete Crear
and staff members Mark Cifuentes, Senior Manager,
LAC and Martha Ninichuk, Technical Officer, Asia
and Europe spoke to the group about WOCCU's
approach to international credit union development
and how International Partnerships help WOCCU's
mission. In a second interactive session, Nancy
Buchanan, assistant professor of marketing at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, spoke about cross
cultural business behavior: illustrating cultural
differences and promoting understanding. To close
the workshop, Kasey Rockwell, director of credit
union advocacy for the Credit Union Association of
Oregon and Kathy Chartier, president and CEO of
Members Credit Union, Stanford Connecticut and the
board chair of Connecticut Credit Union
Association, led a feedback session on
partnerships. Participants discussed how to
convey partnership benefits to their constituents,
how to make partnerships more inclusive, what
works in the program, and what can be
"It was remarkable to see people who share the
enjoyment of making a difference through
international credit union partnerships," said
Victor Corro, WOCCU's International Partnerships
manager. "The program has grown tremendously in
2005; these relationships are becoming very
technical and close. The partners are truly
committed to working together."
Also present for the workshop were
from CUNA and the National Association of State
Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS).
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries serve 196 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.