LAS VEGAS (6/25/10)--The growing importance of women’s leadership in credit unions in both developed and developing countries will be highlighted during special sessions at The 1 Credit Union Conference July 11-14 in Las Vegas. The conference is a combined event sponsored by World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the Credit Union National Association. The Global Women’s Leadership Network, a WOCCU initiative that promotes peer-to-peer networking among women credit union leaders worldwide, will hold its second annual forum July 11 in conjunction with the conference. Scholarships provided through the network and other credit union sources will allow 11 women from eight countries to join the more than 50 attendees for the open forum discussion and networking activities. Scholarship recipients represent credit unions in Belarus, Brazil, Kenya, Macedonia, Malawi, Mexico, Russia and Uganda. “Through our development work we have seen how important women have become in helping sustain and build credit union movements not only through their institutional involvement, but through participation in savings and lending groups that help support their families and strengthen their communities,” said Brian Branch, WOCCU executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Our goal is to support those current and potential women leaders and help bring their commitment and expertise to new levels of achievement,” he added. “The network provides women with an international network that engages them in professional and personal development.” The WOCCU Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) program also provides special educational and networking opportunities for more than 30 credit union professionals age 35 years and younger. WYCUP, in conjunction with this year’s conference, brings together participants from the U.S., Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Ireland, Kenya, Poland, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago. Five participants will be selected to receive scholarships to attend WOCCU’s 2011 World Credit Union Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Financial regulatory issues will dominate the opening general session July 13, as a panel of global experts discusses current issues and future trends in financial regulations. Regulators from the U.S., Australia and Canada will address common themes and unique challenges in their individual markets, and how regulatory trends are affecting financial institutions worldwide. A second session will follow with economic experts from Australia, the European Union and the U.S. to address corresponding trends.