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MCUL Spring Leadership
Confidence Provides Valuable
Guidance in Tough Economy

Strong credit union leadership has kept the industry healthy and able to continue serving members in tough times. With this in mind, “Outside-the-Box Growth Strategies in a Downturn Economy” presented by John Vardallas will be the keynote presentation at the MCUL 2010 Leadership Development Conference for Directors and CEOs. The conference takes place Friday - Sunday, Feb. 19-21 at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant.

"We expect this event agenda to draw a large turnout of volunteers and executives," said MCUL Vice President of Information Services Mike DeFors. "The speakers and sessions at the MCUL Leadership Conference are designed specifically to give credit union leaders fresh ideas and information to help them maximize their effectiveness."

The conference is targeted at CEOs, board members and committee members, and attendees pick from a set of four training series. The Current Trends Series will include: “The Role of the Board in the Current Economy,” “Finding the Heirs Apparent: Leadership Succession Planning for Ensuring Your Credit Union’s Future” and an “Economic Update.” The conference’s guest economist will be Grand Valley State University’s Dr. Dan Giedeman, Ph.D, who will deliver useful insight into what credit unions should expect and plan for in the near and distant future.

The popular Executive Speakers Series will include “Mapping Your Future: A Strategic Planning Primer for Credit Union Leaders,” “Has Anyone Seen My Bottom Line?” and “Fiduciary Responsibilities of the Credit Union.”

Also featured at the conference are the CUNA Volunteer Achievement Program (VAP) core modules, which are essential topics for newer volunteers and offered every few years. The sessions will include: “Credit Union History & Philosophy” (V01), “Financial Reports” (V02) and “Managing Risk” (V03).

Another series of VAP sessions will focus on auditing topics and will include: “The Basics of Internal Control” (V427) and “Understanding the Audit Report” (V428).

Participants will also have the option of attending a Saturday afternoon Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering/OFAC training session conducted by MCUL Director of Compliance and General Counsel Veronica Madsen.

“Since this year’s Spring Leadership Development Conference is taking place in February, we’ve been promoting it sooner so participants can plan ahead, mark their calendars and secure hotel accommodations at savings rates,” DeFors said.

Discounted hotel rooms of $129, plus applicable taxes, are being held at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort until Jan. 28, 2010. Conference registration is $399 per person for the first four attendees from each credit union; additional registrants of five or more are $350 per person. More information including online registration and details on securing room accommodations can be found at

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