WASHINGTON (12/11/08)--Bob Woodruff of ABC News and his wife, Lee, will provide a poignant start to CUNA's 2009 Governmental Affairs Conference as they recall the shattering moment when Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb when assigned to report U.S. and Iraqi security forces near Taji. The Woodruffs will highlight the GAC's opening general session on Monday, Feb. 23. The GAC is Feb. 22-26 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Woodruff will share his memories of the moment when he believed his
life was over, and his subsequent stages of recovery. He and his wife will recount stories from his moving and inspirational best-selling memoir, "In an Instant." The Woodruffs' presentation provides a new understanding of the precious nature of life, the strength of family, and how to survive and overcome even the most difficult of circumstances. As the closing GAC speaker on Thursday, Feb. 26, NBC’s Roker, beloved weatherman and host of its Today Show, will bring his charisma and sense of humor to the podium during a talk entitled, "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella." A 10-time Emmy Award winner, for NBC Roker conducts celebrity
interviews, technology updates, and the "Today's Dad" continuing segment, featuring parenting tips for fathers. He also hosts the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Rose Bowl Parade, and the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center. Additional highlights of the 2009 GAC include:
* A kickoff concert featuring the Lt. Dan Band, formed by Chicago composer Kimo Williams and actor/musician Gary Sinise, star of the hit CBS TV show "CSI New York." Lieutenant Dan" is the character Sinise portrayed in the 1994 blockbuster film, "Forrest Gump," a role that won him an Oscar nomination: * Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, will offer economic outlook and commentary; * Pundits Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala will face off over current economic developments in national news, politics, and world issues; * Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee; and * Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit.
Additional speakers will be announced in coming weeks. CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference is the credit union movement's premier national conference on Washington issues. For more information on the GAC or to register, use the resource link below.