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Let ACUC’s Keynoters Energize You in New York

CUNA’s conference features a lineup of thought-provoking and game-changing speakers.

May 1, 2013

CUNA’s America’s Credit Union Conference, this summer in New York City, features a lineup of energizing, thought-provoking and game-changing speakers.

The credit union movement’s forward-thinking conference will be held June 30-July 3. It’s packed with the nation’s best business innovators. And features ideas to deliver growth and inspiration to drive positive change.
The keynoters include social genius and author Malcolm Gladwell; retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Robert Darling, who was inside the president’s bunker on Sept. 11, 2001; Cirque du Soleil’s Director of Creation Lyn Heward; and Wharton Professor Adam Grant.
The game changer: Gladwell
Gladwell’s presentation will explore a concept near and dear to credit unions: the underdog.
It’s also the subject of his newest book, “David and Goliath,” which is due out later this year. Gladwell asks: What makes for a successful underdog? And, why are underdogs so successful?
Gladwell has a gift for interpreting new ideas in the social sciences and making them understandable, practical, and valuable. He shares thought-provoking examples, insightful analysis, and offers a new perspective on the things all around us.
The success of Malcolm’s books is unprecedented. “The Tipping Point” surpassed 360 weeks on The New York Times bestsellers list; “Blink” has run more than 190 weeks; and “Outliers” debuted at the top of list in November 2008, and has stayed on the list ever since.
The thought provoker: Darling
A seasoned Marine Corps pilot, Lt. Col. Darling was called to the White House underground bunker just after the South Tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001.
There he worked alongside Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, witnessing unprecedented actions to defend America.
Darling’s riveting account of this world-changing day reveals deep insights into leadership during a crisis. Darling’s stories and observations will highlight the impact of communications, decision making, and action.
The energizer: Heward
One of the minds behind Montreal’s Cirque du Soleil, Lyn Heward goes behind the scenes of one of the world’s most innovative companies to help you ignite the creative spark in all of your employees.
As Cirque’s current director of creation, and the former president/COO of the creative content division, Heward draws on her extraordinary experience. You’ll discover how to make creativity a part of everything you do, unlock potential to achieve great things, and rethink innovation.
She’s the author of the critically acclaimed book, “The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire That Lives Within Us All.” Heward also served as associate producer for a portion of the 2006 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies.
The professor: Grant
Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor at Wharton. He is a leading expert in management and psychology, and the author of “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.”
His studies have increased performance and reduced burnout among professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses, and lifeguards.
In 2012, he was the single highest- rated professor at Wharton, and he has been honored with several teaching awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught.