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Speakers set for Western CUNA School graduation
CLAREMONT, Calif. (7/6/11)--The slate of speakers has been set for Western CUNA Management School’s (WCMS) 50th anniversary celebration and conference July 20-21. Laszlo Bock, Google senior vice president of people operations, will serve as keynote speaker; Bill Cheney, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) president/CEO, will deliver the commencement address; and U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) will discuss current legislation affecting credit unions. Sponsored by CO-OP Financial Services, the two-day event will be held at the Pomona College campus in Claremont, Calif. The celebration and conference, “Half a Century of Leaders,” also will include an opening session from WCMS President James Likens and receptions, breakout sessions and the graduation ceremony for the school’s 50th class. Bock will discuss ways credit unions may learn from the experiences of Google in his keynote address, “Don’t Be Evil: The Head and Heart of Google’s Culture.” Bock joined Google in 2006, and has since spoken nationwide on how Google uses and maintains its unique corporate culture that includes more than 7,000 employees. The company currently ranks fourth on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” and 102nd on the Fortune 500 list of largest U.S. corporations. Cheney became president/CEO of CUNA in July 2010, having previously served as president/ CEO of the Ontario, Calif.-based California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. Prior to that, he worked in the same capacity at Xerox FCU (now known as Xceed Financial FCU) in El Segundo, Calif., where he guided the credit union’s growth to more than $800 million in assets from $350 million. Cheney served on the WCMS Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2010. Royce represents California’s 40th District based in Orange County, and has been one of the strongest advocates for credit unions in the House of Representatives. A member of the House Committee on Financial Services, he serves on two other subcommittees that directly affect credit unions: the subcommittee on capital markets and government sponsored enterprises, and the subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit. In addition to recognizing WCMS’s role in the credit union movement, Royce will discuss legislation under consideration that will directly affect credit unions, including member business lending caps. Founded in 1960, WCMS serves credit unions from the participating 13 western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The school is dedicated to training credit union leaders in both the business skills and people-helping-people philosophy of the credit union movement. More than 3,500 students have graduated from WCMS, and are serving in positions of leadership and responsibility at some of the leading U.S. credit unions.
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