The 1 CU Conference Celebrates Global CU Community

Nearly 60 countries are represented, from Australia to Zimbabwe.

July 12, 2010

The 1 Credit Union Conference is a historic event offering credit union leaders from Australia to Zimbabwe a depth and breadth of knowledge unavailable in any other forum.

CUNA and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) are co-hosting the conference—the first such collaboration between the organizations. It’s also the first time in more than a decade that WOCCU has held a conference in the U.S.

Of all the conferences he’s attended during his more than 25 years serving
the credit union movement, CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney says The 1 Credit Union Conference is the most unique.

“To my memory, never before has there been a gathering of credit unions in which the global community of credit unions has joined with our own movement here in America—with the express purpose of sharing ideas and experiences,” he says.

The 1 Credit Union Conference taps the unique resources both organizations
offer, says Dan Mica, former CUNA president/CEO, and brings a greater return on attendees’ education and development dollars.

“Our combined conference provides the best and most economical opportunity we can offer for all of us to find the resources we need to help our credit unions
survive and thrive,” he says.

As in the U.S., many credit unions around the globe have struggled in the face of the past year’s “withering” global economic meltdown, notes Pete Crear, WOCCU president/CEO.

“Meanwhile, credit unions in countries such as Australia have enjoyed a record-setting period thanks to their member-owned cooperative model,” he says. “The fact that more than 2,000 credit union executives and volunteers from almost 60 countries worldwide come to Las Vegas during this challenging time to share their success strategies speaks loudly to the strength of our movement.”