The 1 CU Conference Celebrates Global CU Community

Nearly 60 countries are represented, from Australia to Zimbabwe.

July 12, 2010
KEYWORDS cheney , conference , cuna , global , woccu
/ PRINT / ShareShare / Text Size +

The 1 Credit Union Conference is a historic event offering credit union leaders from Australia to Zimbabwe a depth and breadth of knowledge unavailable in any other forum.

CUNA and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) are co-hosting the conference—the first such collaboration between the organizations. It’s also the first time in more than a decade that WOCCU has held a conference in the U.S.

Of all the conferences he’s attended during his more than 25 years serving
the credit union movement, CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney says The 1 Credit Union Conference is the most unique.

“To my memory, never before has there been a gathering of credit unions in which the global community of credit unions has joined with our own movement here in America—with the express purpose of sharing ideas and experiences,” he says.

The 1 Credit Union Conference taps the unique resources both organizations
offer, says Dan Mica, former CUNA president/CEO, and brings a greater return on attendees’ education and development dollars.

“Our combined conference provides the best and most economical opportunity we can offer for all of us to find the resources we need to help our credit unions
survive and thrive,” he says.

As in the U.S., many credit unions around the globe have struggled in the face of the past year’s “withering” global economic meltdown, notes Pete Crear, WOCCU president/CEO.

“Meanwhile, credit unions in countries such as Australia have enjoyed a record-setting period thanks to their member-owned cooperative model,” he says. “The fact that more than 2,000 credit union executives and volunteers from almost 60 countries worldwide come to Las Vegas during this challenging time to share their success strategies speaks loudly to the strength of our movement.”

Post a comment to this story


What's Popular

Popular Stories

Recent Discussion

Great article! Unfortunately, most employees don’t feel valued or appreciated by their supervisors or employers. In fact, research has shown that the predominant reason team members quit their jobs is because they don’t feel valued. This is in spite of the fact that employee recognition programs have proliferated in the workplace – over 90% of all organizations in the U.S. has some form of employee recognition activities in place. But most employee recognition programs are viewed with skepticism and cynicism – because they aren’t viewed as being genuine in their communication of appreciation. Getting the “employee of the month” award, receiving a certificate of recognition, or a “Way to go, team!” email just don’t get the job done. How do you communicate authentic appreciation? We have found people have different ways that they want to be shown appreciation, and if you don’t communicate in the language of appreciation important to them, you essentially “miss the mark”. Additionally, employees need to receive recognition more than once a year at their performance review. Otherwise, they view the praise as “going through the motions”. A third component of authentic appreciation is that the communication has to be about them personally – not the department, not their group, but something they did. Finally, they have to believe that you mean what you say. How you treat them has to match the words you use. If you are not sure how your team members want to be shown appreciation, the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory ( will identify the language of appreciation and specific actions preferred by each employee. You then can create a group profile for your team, so everyone knows how to encourage one another. Remember, employees want to know that they are valued for what they contribute to the success of the organization. And communicating authentic appreciation in the ways they desire it can make the difference between keeping your quality team members or having a negative work environment that everyone wants to leave. Paul White, Ph.D., is the co-author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Gary Chapman.

Your Say: Who should be Credit Union Magazine's 2014 CU Hero of the Year?

View Results Poll Archive