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WOCCU Issues “Call for Presentations” for 2009 World Credit Union Conference

Proposal Submissions for the Barcelona Event due by Dec. 31, 2008

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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 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

"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?"

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
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Teléfono: +1-608-395-2031
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