WASHINGTON (9/29/11)--Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Americas iconic journalistic duo, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, will headline the Credit Union National Associations 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), March 18-22 at the Washington Convention Center. Registration and housing lines are now open (use the resource links below). Rice is scheduled to address a Monday, March 19 session of the
As the 66th U.S. secretary of state, Rice was a prominent member of the President George W. Bushs Cabinet. She also served as Bushs national security advisor during his first term as president. She currently teaches Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford.
Another 2012 GAC highlight will be a presentation by Woodward and Bernstein as they reunite on stage to mark the 40th anniversary of their first Watergate-scandal headline and share the stories behind their newspaper work and books, and offer a personal tour of politics and Washington. They also will address GAC participants on March 19.
CUNA's GAC is the credit union movement's premier political event and its largest national conference, each year providing more than 4,000 credit union executives and board members an opportunity to hear influential leaders from the U.S. Congress, the administration and the federal regulatory agencies.
Capitol Hill visits, in which GAC attendees meet face-to-face with their members of Congress and staff to discuss issues that concern the credit union movement, will take place the afternoon of Wednesday, March 21, and the morning of Thursday, March 22.
"This years GAC theme, Powerful Cause, Positive Effect,
sums up precisely what the Governmental Affairs Conference is all about," said Bill Cheney, president/CEO of CUNA. "Our powerful cause, backed by 93 million working Americans who rely on credit unions every day, needs representation in Washington.
"At the GAC, credit union leaders from around the country will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their members of Congress and effect positive change for the credit union movement. We need the support of every credit union leader in the movement to accomplish our political goals in the year ahead, to champion the credit union issues of today and usher in a brighter future for credit unions tomorrow."
Recognized as the key conference to attend for political impact, credit union networking and industry updates, the GAC also offers a wide array of educational breakout sessions, the industry's largest exhibitor showcase, guest/family programs to tour Washington's sights, and special entertainment including an opening concert and the closing Gala Reception and Dance. Additional speakers and session topics will be announced in the weeks to come.
For more information and to register use the resource link below or go to gac.cuna.org.