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World CU Conference Kicks Off In Ottawa
OTTAWA (7/15/13)--The 2013 World Credit Union Conference, presented by the World Council of Credit Unions, kicked off Sunday in Ottawa, Canada, with the opening ceremony and international flag parade.
 
More than 2,000 attendees were expected at the Ottawa Convention Center for the event, which ends Wednesday.
 
General Session keynote speakers this week include:
  • Today:  Ian Shelley, information technology and mobile payments expert and former partner at KPMG, who will discuss the future of mobile banking technology. Shelley has 20 years' experience with credit unions, banks, insurance agencies and regulators in Australia, Bermuda, Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • Tuesday: Charlene Li, New York Times best-selling author of Groundswell and Open Leadership, and social media and technologies expert, who will discuss social media and the financial sector.  The founder of the Altimeter Group, Li was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company when she served as former vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research.
  • Wednesday: Simon Sinek, corporate leadership strategist and author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action, who will speak about corporate leadership strategy. Sinek is known for his theory of the "Golden Circle," a natural pattern grounded in the biology of human decision-making that explains why some people and organizations are more inspiring than others.
Preceding the opening ceremony, the Global Women's Leadership Forum met and heard speaker Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author, along with her husband New York Times columnist Nick Kristoff,  of  Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

The conference includes more than 30 breakout sessions with leaders from around the world in five educational tracks:  leadership and strategy, technology, international credit union experience, advocacy and governmental affairs, and innovative solutions.
 
News Now will provide coverage of the event, which ends Wednesday. To keep up with the conference on Twitter, use the hashtag #WCUC2013 or the handle @woccu.
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