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WOCCU opens registration for Glasgow conference
MADISON, Wis. (1/24/11)--World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) will convene this year’s annual global gathering of credit union professionals and volunteers in Scotland. It’s time to register for the event.
World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) will convene this year’s annual global gathering of credit union professionals and volunteers in Scotland. The historic Klevingrove Art Gallery & Museum will host the 2011 WOCCU Supporters reception at the conference.
WOCCU has opened online registration for the 2011 World Credit Union Conference, which convenes in Glasgow, Scotland, July 24-27. As the only global credit union gathering, this year’s conference is expected to attract as many as 2,000 attendees from more than 50 countries. WOCCU is encouraging credit unions to register online and secure their hotel accommodations. Hotel and tour space are limited and the $100 early bird discount for registration ends May 29. The conference is being held in cooperation with the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd. Its agenda features keynote speakers and educational breakout sessions focusing on four tracks:
* Moving from Philosophy to Service; * Defining Leadership and Strategy: * Developing Credit Union Movements; and * Raising Financial and Operational Standards.
A roster of speakers will provide insights into multiple strategic credit union and business topics. Planned sessions include:
* Peter Tufano, the Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance, University of Oxford Saïd Business School, who will help credit unions identify the gaps in financial services today; and * An executive dialogue on the role of giving back to constituents while moving the enterprise forward that includes: Peter Marks, group chief executive for United Kingdom retail giant The Co-operative Group; Tamara Vrooman, CEO for VanCity, the largest credit union in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Jeff Post, CEO of CUNA Mutual Group.
Networking opportunities include the annual meeting of the Global Women’s Leadership Forum, which brings together women credit union CEOs and executive leaders from around the world for educational and networking sessions. Donors who support the network at the $250 level or above are invited to a special networking reception July 23 before the conference begins. The leadership forum, open to network members, starts with the donor reception and runs all day July 24, prior to the official conference opening ceremony. The network also benefits from the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions’ golf tournament on July 28, one day after the conference closes. The tournament, open to men and women and not limited to network members, raises funds that are used in credit union development work worldwide.
The iconic River Clyde bridge is one of Glasgow, Scotland’s most recognizable landmarks. (Photos provided by World Council of Credit Unions)
Other conference highlights include WOCCU’s Young Credit Union People Program for attendees under the age of 35. The program offers special conference educational and networking events for young credit unions professionals and the opportunity to compete for one of five scholarships to attend WOCCU’s 2012 World Credit Union Conference in Gdansk, Poland. Glasgow and its surrounding area offer attendees and their companions’ activities, sights and culture to experience. The Scottish highlands combine with sites of historic importance to reveal a country steeped in tradition, but with a forward-thinking, progressive edge. For those who want to come early and stay late, WOCCU is arranging what Scotland has to offer through pre- and post-conference tours, as well as optional day tours. For more information about any of these events, use the links.
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