MADISON, Wis. — In spite of residual economic challenges for credit unions in the U.S. and abroad, last week's early bird deadline for The 1 Credit Union Conference spurred a flood of registrations for the upcoming July 11-14 event, co-hosted by Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). Both organizations believe this surge of interest could be a sign that credit unions are moving even further down the road to recovery.
More than 560 registrations were received in the last week, bringing the total attendance to more than 2,000 people from 53 countries. This year's attendance to date is already substantially greater than the corresponding 2009 conferences for both CUNA and WOCCU, held in Boston, Mass., USA, and Barcelona, Spain, respectively.
"We're ecstatic that so many credit unions from around the world will be represented at our joint conference this year," said Dave Grace, WOCCU vice president of association services. "North American credit unions know that our meeting travels globally and many are taking advantage of the fact that it's close to home this year by sending more executives, staff and board members to experience this unique event."
Todd Spiczenski, vice president of CUNA's Center for Professional Development, agreed: "The positive response from credit unions for this event has been overwhelming and we're looking forward to delivering a world-class conference."
The 1 Credit Union Conference will take place at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., USA, and will feature world-renowned speakers on a variety of topics applicable to credit unions worldwide. Jim Collins, author of business bestseller Good to Great: Why Some Companies make the Leap...and Others Don't will keynote the event.
"Coming together to network and learn with other leaders during a difficult year demonstrates the strength and resilience of the credit union movement," Grace added. "It's also indicative of credit unions' improved financial status, allowing them to continue focusing on professional development — a crucial initiative, particularly during challenging times."
Credit Union executives, staff and volunteers interested in attending can still register for the event. Visit www.Vegas2010.org for more information, including the complete agenda and online registration.
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, 56,000 credit unions in 101 countries serve 200 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.