The 2004 WOCCU Leadership Institute Ends On High Note
Gary Plank, WOCCU 1st vice chairman acts as the MC for the final day of the Leadership Institute.
Nassau, Bahamas-World Council of Credit
(WOCCU) 7th Annual International Leadership
Institute draws to a close today with more
breakout sessions, visits to local credit
unions, the last general plenary meeting and
Caribbean Cultural Night.
Breakout sessions today featured topics such
as "Credit Union Mergers: Who's Best Interests
are We Serving?" led by Bob Hoel, executive
director for the Filene Research Institute, and
Barry Forbes, CEO of Westminster Savings Credit
Union in Canada; and "Undertaking a Strategic
Analysis for Competitive Advantage," led by John
Gilbert, CEO of CUSCAL Australia and Ramon
Imperial, CEO of Caja Popular Mexicana.
Howard Bogach, CEO of Metro Credit Union of
Canada and Gerard Herrling of Member Services
Municipal Credit Union of New York spoke
on "Disaster Planning: Ensuring Member Service
in the Midst of a Crisis," and Dave Richardson,
technical development manager and Dave Grace,
senior manager associate services, both of
WOCCU, attempted to answer the question, "Risk-
Based Capital: Will Basel II Help or Hurt?"
Jane Sanders gives an overview of the 3 Pillars of Authentic Leadership
After these sessions, participants were
to a lively presentation by Jane Sanders,
president of Authentic Leadership, on "The Three
Pillars of Authentic Leadership," the keynote
speaker of the final general plenary
meeting. "Confidence, creativity and balanced
communication skills" are what Sanders believes
lay the foundation for every successful leader.
Her remarks were simple and inspiring, and
received a strong response from the audience.
The Institute has once again been a great
success, with credit union leaders coming away
with new knowledge, new connections and a
renewed commitment to credit union excellence.
Arthur Arnold WOCCU president and CEO thanked
the attendees noting, "It is each and every
participant that has made this conference so
successful. Without the active participation
from you, the attendees, the challenges, goals
and objectives of our movements would not be
addressed as a collective."
Participants were then given the special
opportunity to visit local credit unions and
observe the way they are structured and
operated. Paradise Island Resort and Casino Co-
operative CU, Bahamas Law Enforcement Co-
operative CU, Public Works Co-operative CU,
Teachers & Salaried Workers Co-operative CU and
National Workers Co-operative CU hosted
participants, giving them the opportunity to
gain insights that will help them better serve
their own credit unions.
The final conference event, Caribbean Night
festivities will take place this evening. A
reward for everyone's efforts over the past four
days, Caribbean Night will entertain all with
music, dancing, and performances by "the Queen
of Fire" and "the King of Limbo."
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.