One of the main goals of the combined America’s Credit Union Conference and World Credit Union Conference is to give attendees an opportunity to network with other credit unions, not only from the U.S., but from around the world as well.
The nearly 3,000 conference participants include about 1,000 from the U.S. and about 2,000 from other countries, Rich Cronin, CUNA’s vice president of conferences and meetings, said at an orientation for new attendees and exhibitors. These attendees represent 61 countries.
The largest contingents are from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Ireland, Ghana, Kenya, Trinidad and Tobago, South Korea, Jamaica, and Guatemala.
For small credit unions especially, the chance to learn about challenges and opportunities in the credit union movement as well as network with international members was a fantastic opportunity.
“I’ll never be able to attend (the World Council of Credit Union’s) conference,” said Diana Michaels, from Western Health Care Federal Credit Union in Concord, Calif. “It’s not something my small credit union can afford, so to have the World Council meeting here as well is amazing.”
In addition to networking with other credit union leaders, attendees this week will be participating in 27 breakout sessions featuring 59 different speakers. The conference also includes 142 booths in the exhibition hall, which give attendees the chance to meet with 126 exhibiting companies and 21 different sponsoring companies.