MADISON, Wis. (11/11/08)--The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has issued its formal call for presentations for the credit union movement's only global event, which will be held July 26-29 in Barcelona, Spain. Anyone who has a concept, technique or strategy that would improve credit union performance on a global scale should consider presenting that idea to nearly 2,000 of the world's top credit union leaders during WOCCU’s 2009 World Credit Union Conference. “Our goal is to uncover the best new ideas and the most creative thinking possible to help credit unions everywhere better face the mounting challenges posed by a struggling global economy,” said Pete Crear, WOCCU's president/CEO. “We know from experience that many of those ideas originate at the grassroots level and we want to tap that expertise for the good of credit unions and their members around the world.” Educational tracks at the conference will focus on four themes:
* Developing credit union movements; * Finance and operations; * Strategy and leadership; and * Sustainability.
Individual sessions will cover best practice applications, strategic development, innovative solutions and emerging issues. Credit union and other industry experts with innovative ideas and approaches to share are encouraged to apply for speaking opportunities at the conference. The session formats, 90 minutes in length, can take the form of lecture, panel discussion, benchmark or industry studies or case studies. Topic ideas will be evaluated in terms of appropriate educational content, originality and for subjects important to end-users. Topics previously presented at past World Credit Union Conferences will not be considered. A demonstrated experience in public speaking is preferred. The deadline for proposal submissions is Dec. 31. For more information or to submit a session proposal online, use the link. Companies not interested in presenting can still financially support educational sessions at prices beginning at $2,500 per session. For more information, please contact Sue Sabatke, WOCCU's conference and special events manager, at (608) 395-2089 or e-mail