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Give and Take Author Adam Grant ACUC's Fourth Keynoter
MADISON, Wis. (4/17/13)--Adam Grant, an award-winning professor, researcher and author, has been announced as the fourth keynote speaker at the 2013 America's Credit Union Conference, June 30-July 3 at the Hilton New York in New York City.

"Grant has been all over the media lately, including The Today Show, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Fast Company, to discuss his revolutionary thinking about the positives of being a 'giver' in business," said Todd Spiczenski, vice president of the Credit Union National Association Center for Professional Development. "I have no doubt that his research results and positive message about how doing good can get you ahead will make a profound connection with credit union professionals."

Grant is the youngest-tenured and highest-rated professor at Wharton, where he teaches organizational psychology--the study of workplace dynamics. He was named one of the world's 40-best business professors under age 40 and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class he has taught.

Grant has presented solutions for leaders of organizations including Google, the National Football League, IBM, Merck, the World Economic Forum, Goldman Sachs, Estee Lauder and the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. He wrote a new book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, and was recently profiled in a New York Times Magazine cover story, "Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?"

CUNA announced the other three ACUC keynoters earlier. They are:

  • Lyn Howard, director of creation for Cirque du Soleil, whose presentation and book, "The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire that Lives Within Us All," draw on her experience as former president and chief operating officer of Cirque's creative content division, where she helped create Cirque masterworks. Her presentations help audiences explore the nature and origins of creativity.
  • Lt. Col. Robert Darling, retired White House military officer and author of a book about developments in the White House during the terrorist attacks on Sept, 1, 2001. Darling's book, 24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House, chronicles a minute-by-minute account of that day's events. Darling now is president of the Military Officers Association of America Heritage Chapter in Quantico, Va., and vice president for business development for Zenetex, an information technology service-management company in Herndon, Va.
  • Malcolm Gladwell, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and author of four New York Times best-selling books. They include The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Outliers: The Story of Success, and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures. He often writes about applications of research and new ideas in the social sciences, making frequent use of academic work in sociology, psychology and social psychology.
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