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ACUC Kicks Off Sunday In The Big Apple
NEW YORK (6/28/13)--More than 1,200 people from throughout the U.S. credit union industry will gather in New York City Sunday for the start of the 2013 America's Credit Union Conference (ACUC), June 30-July 3, said the Credit Union National Association.

ACUC will have more than 100 booths from 90 companies at the convention hall at the New York Hilton Midtown.

The convention will feature keynote speakers, thought leadership sessions and 18 breakout sessions in which CUNA is partnering with CUNA Mutual Group.

There also will be some high-profile live events, including a visit Wednesday by CUNA and credit unions hoping to spread awareness on the Today Show.

ACUC keynote speakers include:

  • Sunday: Lt. Col. Robert Darling, retired White House military officer and author of a book about developments in the White House during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. 24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House, chronicles a minute-by-minute account of that day's events. Darling now is president of the Military Officers Association of America Heritage Chapter in Quantico, Va., and vice president for business development for Zenetex, an information technology service-management company in Herndon, Va.
  • Monday: Malcolm Gladwell, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and author of four New York Times best-selling books. They include The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Outliers: The Story of Success, and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures. He often writes about applications of research and new ideas in the social sciences, making frequent use of academic work in sociology, psychology and social psychology.
  • Tuesday: Lyn Heward, director of creation for Cirque du Soleil, whose presentation and book, "The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire that Lives Within Us All," draw on her experience as former president and chief operating officer of Cirque's creative content division, where she helped create Cirque masterworks. She will help credit unions attending explore the nature and origins of creativity.
  • Wednesday: Adam Grant, an award-winning professor, researcher and author. Grant is the youngest-tenured and highest-rated professor at Wharton, where he teaches organizational psychology--the study of workplace dynamics. He was named one of the world's 40-best business professors under age 40 and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class he has taught. Grant has presented solutions for leaders of organizations including Google, the National Football League, IBM, Merck, the World Economic Forum, Goldman Sachs, Estee Lauder and the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. He wrote a new book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, and was recently profiled in a New York Times Magazine cover story, "Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?"
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