MADISON, Wis. (6/17/14)--The Credit Union National Association's America's Credit Union Conference, to be held June 29-July 3, is less than two weeks away.
The keynote speaker for this year's conference is Marcus Luttrell, one of a team of four Navy SEALs ambushed by a large Taliban force in 2005, and the only one to survive the following hours of combat.
Luttrell, critically wounded in the attack, crawled into the mountains and was taken in by the Afghan villagers of Sabray, who nursed and protected him, despite escalating Taliban threats, until he was rescued. After recuperating, he redeployed to Iraq for a second tour. In the spring of 2007, Petty Officer 1st Class Luttrell retired. He was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006 by President George W. Bush.
Luttrell has written two books: "Lone Survivor" (2007), which recounts the harrowing trials of Operation Redwing and is now in movie theaters across the United States; and "Service: A Navy SEAL at War" (2013), in which Luttrell turns his focus to the nature of service on America's battlefields and the soldiers who give their lives to defend their nation and each other.
Other keynote speakers include Steve Farber and Simon Sinek. Perhaps best known for his first book, "The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership," Farber embraces extreme leadership as one would approach an extreme sport: "Learn to love the fear and exhilaration that naturally comes with the territory."
Sinek's concept of "Why" is the second-most-watched TED talk video. His books, "Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't" and "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action," address inspirational leadership.
The event also includes a small credit union roundtable and breakout sessions covering topics that include:
- Community events;
- Mobile banking and loan growth;
- Cloud computing;
- Integrated marketing;
- Executive retention;
- Hispanic marketing; and
- Cyber security risks.
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