World Credit Union Conference Early Bird Deadline May 20

Register Early and Save!

May 11, 2005

Madison, WI — World Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU) reminds all credit union leaders of the approaching May 20th early bird deadline for the first annual World Credit Union Conference, held at the Cavalieri Hilton in Rome, Italy from July 24-27, 2005.

"We encourage credit union leaders to register early to take advantage of the early bird discount pricing. Attendees can save $100 on registration and even more if they are also registering companions," explained Marechiel Santos, WOCCU's meetings & special events manager. There are also discounts for young leaders under the age of 35 and for registrants from developing movements.

The 2005 World Credit Union Conference brings together CEOs, board directors, management, volunteers, and other credit union leaders from all over the world. The event allows these leaders to discuss important issues for credit union systems and provides them with best practice approaches. WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference provides leaders with the critical tools necessary in today's world of ever-changing member needs.

An impressive lineup of keynote speakers includes: Sherron Watkins, former vice president of Corporate Development for Enron, speaking on Corporate Governance & Ethics: Lessons from Enron; Jamie Caruana, chairman of the Basel Committee on Banking and governor of the Bank of Spain, outlining Basel II: Its Relevance for Credit Unions; and Rob Nicholls, CEO of Australian National Credit Union and chairman of the CUSCAL, and Jim Blaine, president of State Employee's Credit Union of North Carolina, presenting Credit Union Values: A Discussion that Needs to Happen. Also included in the program are 20 dynamic breakout sessions covering the topics of Strategy, Finance & Operations, Marketing & Human Resources, and Developing Movements.

To date we have a total of 600 participants from 20 countries, and we'd like to see that number continue to grow. Be a part of the world premier experience! Register today!

For more in-depth meeting information visit the World Council website at If you have questions regarding the event or you need additional assistance, please contact Amanda Hawkins, meetings assistant at or 608-231-8838.

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 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 68,882 credit unions in 109 countries serve 235 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

Phone: (608) 395-2000