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Online Discovery Conference Registration Opens
MADISON, Wis. (8/14/13)--CUNA Mutual Group's fourth annual, day-long Online Discovery Conference, offering free credit union-focused sessions from the convenience of a computer, is scheduled for Oct. 1.
The Online Discovery Conference is the Web-based equivalent of a face-to-face conference without the associated expenses or time away from the office.
"The beauty of participating online is the convenience," said Christy LaMasney, manager of Online Discovery for CUNA Mutual Group.
This year's agenda features 13 credit union-focused sessions, networking opportunities, including chat rooms and message boards, an exhibit hall and prizes. Also, registration guarantees access to conference materials after the event is over.
John Lass, senior vice president of strategy & business development for CUNA Mutual Group, is the keynote speaker. Lass will speak on the power of leadership, culture and strategy within the credit union system. Also, the conference also will feature these industry thought leaders and topics:
  • Lerzan Aksoy, associate professor of marketing, Fordham University in New York City, "Linking Member Satisfaction to Share of Deposits with the New Wallet Allocation Rule";
  • Wendy Bryant-Beswick, vice president of marketing and business development, Generations FCU, San Antonio, "The Importance of a Digital Strategy";
  • Jon Bundy, regulatory compliance manager, CUNA Mutual Group, "Lending Compliance Pipeline: What May Be Coming";
  • Lauren Capitini, regulatory compliance manager, CUNA Mutual Group, "CFPB Mortgage Mythbusters";
  • Armando Falcon, CEO, Falcon Capital Advisors LLC, and John McKechnie III, partner at Total Spectrum, "GSE Reform--What's the Future for Credit Union Mortgage Lending";
  • Simon Gao, vice president of consumer analytics, CUNA Mutual Group, "The Power of Predictions";
  • Dan Kaiser, senior vice president and product executive of lending products, CUNA Mutual Group, "Trends in Lending and Member-Friendly Income";
  • Kevin Miller, vice president of information technology strategy and architecture, CUNA Mutual Group, "Strengthening the Member Experience Through Innovation";
  • Hendrix Niemann, managing director of practice and wealth management, CUNA Brokerage Services Inc., "Growing Your Investment Program to Increase Non-Interest Income & Member Loyalty";
  • Rob Rubin, managing director, Novarica, "Winning Over the Multi-channel Member";
  • Brian Scott, vice president, The Members Group, "Moving Your Credit Card Program to EMV--Don't Let Your Chips Fall"; and
  • Shari Storm, senior vice president, Verity CU, Seattle, "Mother Knows Best--And Spends The Most."
Each thought-leader session will feature video, audio, and a question and answer portion.
The online event is designed for CEOs and senior leadership teams of credit unions. However, all credit union and league employees are welcome, said CUNA Mutual.
"Attendees can come and go from the conference as they please," said LaMasney. "This provides great flexibility to allow many staff members from the same organization to attend, if even for just a few hours."

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