GDAŃSK, Poland (4/6/12)--Grzegorz Buczkowski, president and chair the Cooperative Savings and Credit Union Mutual Insurance Society (TUW SKOK), a World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) associate member organization in Poland, will keynote this year's WOCCU Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) program.
The WYCUP program will be held in conjunction with the World Credit Union Conference, July 15-18 in Gdańsk, Poland.
Buczkowski didn't know he was headed down a credit union career path when he was hired in 1990 as a translator by Poland's Solidarity movement. At the time, a delegation from the trade union that helped overthrow communism was searching for an alternative to a financial service industry left in ruins by the departing communist government. Buczkowski helped bring together parties from Poland and the U.S. to create one of the world's fastest-growing and most successful credit union movements.
But in 2001, Buczkowski won a scholarship from the WOCCU WYCUP that helped set him on his career path. "Participating in WYCUP gave me the opportunity to network, exchange ideas and create professional relationships that have lasted to this day," said Buczkowski. "The experience was, to me, priceless."
The program, designed for credit union professionals and volunteers under the age of 35, provides specialized educational and networking sessions, and allows participants to participate in the conference networking and general sessions. Five WYCUP participants will receive scholarships that provide all-expense-paid trips to the 2013 World Credit Union Conference in Ottawa, Canada.
The WYCUP program seeks individuals who have already made significant contributions to the development of their own credit unions or regional/national credit union systems and have demonstrated the potential to employ their unique talents at the international level. Credit unions and credit union organizations that are World Council members can nominate young leaders to compete for a WYCUP scholarship.
To be eligible for the scholarship, nominees must:
- Be sponsored by their credit union or credit union organization to attend this year's World Credit Union Conference in Gdańsk;
- Be 35 years of age or under as of Jan. 1, 2012; and
- Submit a completed nomination form to World Council with all supporting materials by June 1.