Keynote speakers announced for the co-hosted America's Credit Union Conference & the World Credit Union Conference

April 8, 2015



Vicki Christner – CUNA Communications; (202) 508-6754;
Amy Nigrelli – CUNA Marketing; (608) 231-4246;

Kristen Curnyn – World Council of Credit Unions, Director, International Meetings & Expositions; +1 .608.395.2089;

Madison, Wis. (April 8, 2015) – Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford Motor Company; New York University professor of innovation, Luke Williams; and international strategist and leadership expert, Navi Radjou will speak at Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the World Council of Credit Unions co-hosted America's Credit Union Conference and the World Credit Union Conference, July 12-15, 2015 in Denver, CO. 

“We are delighted to announce Alan Mulally, Luke Williams and Navi Radjou as the keynote speakers for our co-hosted event this July,” said Jim Nussle, president/CEO of CUNA. “Their progressive, visionary and practical ideas will resonate with credit unions from around the world.”

“All three conference speakers use innovation and creativity to make significant contributions to their fields,” said Brian Branch, president/CEO of the World Council of Credit Unions. “Credit unions will have the opportunity to take the innovation strategies from these speakers back to their credit unions to help increase success and growth.” 

Alan Mulally

Mulally is the former CEO of Ford Motor Company. During his time at Ford, the company became one of the top car brands worldwide and was the only major American auto manufacturer to avoid the government’s industry bailout. Mulally currently serves on the Google board of directors to assist with the development of driverless cars. 

Through his address, attendees will learn how Mulally’s innovative leadership drove Ford to sustained success and how to translate his ideas into growth strategies for credit unions. 

Luke Williams

Williams, professor of innovation and executive director of the Berkley Entrepreneurship Center at the NYU Stern School of Business, specializes in entrepreneurship, cultural change and disruptive innovation. In addition to his work at NYU, Williams helps organizations create innovative products and processes as a fellow at Frog Design and he authored the best-selling book Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business. 

Williams will show attendees how to develop disruptive strategies and implement unexpected solutions. Conference attendees will leave Williams’s lecture motivated to transform their behavior, their institution and the entire credit union movement. 

Navi Radjou

Radjou, an Indian-born French national, is a fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School and the executive director of the school’s Centre for India & Global Business. Radjou is also a columnist for the Harvard Business Review, a World Economic Forum Council member and founder of three successful businesses, including futurethink, an award-winning innovation firm. 

In his book, Frugal Innovation: How To Do More With Less, Radjou discusses how businesses with limited resources, like credit unions, can use innovation to provide their members with high value products and services without added costs. His presentation will expand upon his idea of “frugal innovation” and empower credit union employees to find creative solutions for their constrained budgets. 

Learn more and register for America's Credit Union Conference and the World Credit Union Conference at and follow the conference at #CUinDenver2015. 

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About CUNA:
With its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) serves America's credit unions, which are owned by more than 100 million consumer members. Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives providing affordable financial services to people from all walks of life. For more information about CUNA, visit or follow @CUNA on Twitter. For more information about credit unions, visit and follow @asmarterchoice on Twitter. Visit the CUNA Press Room for a full listing of media mentions, press releases and resources to stay informed on current events within the credit union industry. 

About World Council of Credit Unions:
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the self-sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions’ financial performance and increase their outreach. Visit for more information.