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WCOCU Conference Addresses Mobile Banking, Social Media, Corporate Leadership Strategy

World Council of Credit Unions has secured three high-caliber speakers for the 2013 World Credit Union Conference, the international credit union system's premier educational and networking event, July 14–17, in Ottawa, Canada. More than 2,500 credit union executives and volunteers from more than 50 countries are expected to attend the conference, which will focus on mobile banking, social media and corporate leadership.

The keynote speakers include:

  • Ian Shelley, IT and mobile payments expert and former KPMG partner, will discuss the future of mobile banking technology on July 15. Shelley's 20 years of experience include work with credit unions, banks, insurance agencies and regulators in Australia, Bermuda, Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • Charlene Li, New York Times best-selling author and social media and technologies expert, will cover social media and the financial sector on July 16. Li is author of Groundswell and Open Leadership and, as founder of the Altimeter Group, recognized as one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies. As former vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, Li was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. 
  • Simon Sinek, corporate leadership strategist, will speak about corporate leadership strategy on July 17. Author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Sinek is best known for his theory of the "Golden Circle" — a naturally occurring pattern grounded in the biology of human decision-making that explains why some people and organizations inspire us over others. Sinek teaches graduate-level strategic communications at Columbia University.

At more than 30 breakout sessions, additional thought leaders from around the world will present on specific topics within five separate educational tracks, including leadership and strategy, technology, international credit union experience, advocacy and governmental affairs and innovative solutions.

Outside of the conference, attendees will also have the opportunity to visit some of Canada's most successful credit unions in Ottawa, which are known worldwide for their technological achievements and youth outreach success.

Visit to register and to learn more about the 2013 World Credit Union Conference.

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