Nassau, Bahamas-World Council of Credit Unions' (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?"
After these sessions, participants were treated 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, 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.