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The 1 CU Conference Attendance Numbers Surge

Increased Interest Could be Indicative of Economic Recovery

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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 for more information, including the complete agenda and online registration.

El Consejo Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito es la asociación gremial y agencia de desarrollo para el sistema internacional de cooperativas de ahorro y crédito. El Consejo Mundial promueve el crecimiento sustentable de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y otras cooperativas financieras en todo el mundo a fin de facultar a las personas para que mejoren su calidad de vida a través del acceso a servicios financieros asequibles y de alta calidad. El Consejo Mundial realiza esfuerzos de defensa activa en representación del sistema global de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito ante organizaciones internacionales y trabaja con gobiernos nacionales para mejorar la legislación y la regulación. Sus programas de asistencia técnica introducen nuevas herramientas y tecnologías para fortalecer el desempeño financiero de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y profundizar su alcance comunitario.

El Consejo Mundial ha implementado 290 programas de asistencia técnica en 71 países. A nivel mundial, 57,000 cooperativas de ahorro y crédito en 105 países atienden a 217 millones de personas. Obtenga más información sobre el impacto global del Consejo Mundial en

Contacto principal: Rebecca Carpenter
Organización: World Council of Credit Unions
Correo electrónico:
Teléfono: +1-608-395-2031

Contacto principal: Bonnie Bailey
Organización: Credit Union National Association
Correo electrónico:
Teléfono: 608- 231-4215
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