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Legislative, CU Leaders to Address NLCUP Event During GAC

Reps. Holmes Norton, Gallego will speak to professionals dedicated to serving the nation’s Latino communities.

February 18, 2013
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The Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals (NLCUP) will host its annual networking event at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) Tuesday, Feb. 26, featuring two prominent legislators as guest speakers: Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) and Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Texas).

What: NLCUP networking luncheon
When: Feb. 26, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Organization of American States Hall of the Americas, corner of 17th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
RSVP: To Dorothy Steffens

Rep. Norton, now in her 12th term for the District of Columbia, came to Congress as a civil rights and feminist leader, law professor, and board member at three Fortune 500 companies.

Rep. Gallego assumed national office on Jan. 3, 2013. During his career as a state representative, he led the 43 members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and chaired numerous legislative committees.

Also addressing the NLCUP event, which brings together professionals dedicated to helping credit unions serve Latino communities, will be CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney and Murray Williams, chief operating officer for the Iowa Credit Union League.

Transportation will be provided to and from the Washington Convention Center, starting at 10:45.

RSVP to Dorothy Steffens, CUNA's vice president of publishing operations.

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