MADISON, Wis.—Do you have a concept, technique or strategy that would improve credit union performance on a global scale? If so, consider presenting that idea tonearly 2,000 of the world's top credit union leaders during World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) 2009 World Credit Union Conference. WOCCU has issued its formal "Call for Presentations" for the credit union movement's only global event, which next year will be held July 26-29 in Barcelona, Spain.
"Our goal is to uncover the best new ideas and the most creative thinking possible to help credit unions everywhere better face the mounting challenges posed by a struggling global economy," said Pete Crear, WOCCU's president and chief executive officer. "We know from experience that many of those ideas originate at the grassroots level and we want to tap that expertise for the good of credit unions and their members around the world."
Educational tracks at the 2009 World Credit Union Conference will focus on four themes: a) developing credit union movements; b) finance and operations; c) strategy and leadership; and d) sustainability. Within each of those educational tracks individual sessions will cover best practice applications, strategic development, innovative solutions and emerging issues. Credit union and other industry experts with innovative ideas and approaches to share are encouraged to apply for speaking opportunities at the 2009 conference.
The session formats, 90 minutes in length, can take the form of lecture, panel discussions, benchmark or industry studies or case studies. Topic ideas will be evaluated in terms of appropriate educational content, originality and for subjects important to end-users. Topics previously presented at past World Credit Union Conferences will not be considered, and a demonstrated experience in public speaking is preferred.
The deadline for proposal submissions for the 2009 conference is Dec. 31, 2008. Those interested in more information and/or submitting their session proposals online should go to www.woccu.org and click in the lower right corner where it says "Call for Presentations."
Companies not interested in presenting can still financially support educational sessions at prices beginning at $2,500 per session. For more information on these and other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sue Sabatke, WOCCU's conference and special events manager, at (608) 395-2089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Evaluations from previous conferences show that 97% of previous attendees would attend another World Credit Union Conference," adds Crear. "That means our educational sessions must maintain their extremely high quality in order to continue serving the global credit union movement. Can we count on your willingness to share your expertise with the global credit union movement next July in Barcelona?"
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, 57,000 credit unions in 103 countries serve 208 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.