WASHINGTON (11/25/14)--Entrepreneur Arianna Huffington will speak at the Credit Union National Association's 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), scheduled for March 8-12 in Washington, D.C.
The Senate will also be in session during the GAC, according to the 2015 schedule released by incoming Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell last week.
"Efforts to reach out to Congress during the GAC will be strong, despite the release last week by the House majority leader of a schedule showing the House out of session during the conference," said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. "The Senate will be in session during those dates, and key House and Senate staff members will certainly be on the Hill. Our meetings with these professionals have traditionally been very valuable."
Huffington is the co-founder and current editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. She has written more than a dozen books, and her latest debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list. She also heads a public interest group dedicated to alternative-fuel cars, is a board member for the Center for Public Integrity and ran as an independent candidate for governor of California in 2003.
Huffington was named to the TIME 100 in 2011, Vanity Fair's 2011 Powers That Be list; Fast Company's list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business; Financial Times' 50 Faces That Shaped the Decade, Newsweek's Top 10 Thought Leaders of the Decade, and Forbes' Most Influential Women in the Media (2012) and The World's 100 Most Powerful Women (2012 and 2013).
Last week it was announced that Stanley McChrystal, retired U.S. Army general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, would also speak at the conference.
"There is plenty going on at the GAC, and I hope to see a large portion of the credit union community join us to take part in the full range of activities and advocacy on behalf of credit unions," Nussle said.
More than 4,000 credit union stakeholders are expected to attend the conference, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Registration for the GAC is currently open.
(Editor's note: This article is reprinted from the Nov. 24 issue of News Now.)