“Big Time” Speakers Announced by CUNA for Upcoming America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo Speakers Will Address Risk-Taking, Motivation, Innovation and Influence

Mark Wolff – CUNA Communications; (202) 508-6764;

Amy Nigrelli – CUNA Marketing; (608) 231-4246;

MADISON, Wis. (March 23, 2011) – Credit Union National Association (CUNA) will host its 2011 America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo June 19 – 22 in San Antonio, Texas.  This year’s conference, Big Time: Big Ideas & Big Opportunities, features powerful speakers, interactive sessions and energizing networking opportunities.  Its unique learning environment brings credit union decision-makers together to hear and share success -driving ideas and leadership trends.

“Growth, managing change, and operating at peak performance are all top-of-mind concerns for credit unions today,” noted CUNA President and CEO Bill Cheney.  “Our keynoters at this year’s America’s Credit Union Conference will take on these issues directly.  Credit unions are sure to benefit from the wealth of ideas and expertise they’ll offer at a conference that has become known for its innovative and thought-provoking programming. “

Keynote Speakers:

Dan Pink – Drive
What the Science of Motivation Can Teach You About High Performance
As the best-selling author of A Whole New Mind, Dan uses behavioral research to reveal why the traditional approach to high performance backfires on most organizations.  He explains how smart organizations can tap people’s deepest motivations to produce the highest results.

Dan Heath – Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

Successfully leading people and organizations through change is a must-have skill for credit union leaders.  An entrepreneur and change leader himself, Dan has worked with organizations such as Harvard Business School, Microsoft, Philips, Vanguard, Fast Company magazine, USAID, the American Heart Association and Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship.

Alison Levine – Beyond Boundaries

Alison has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds, sudden avalanches and a career on Wall Street.  Drawing parallels between staying alive in the mountains and thriving in the fast-paced business world, she will spark new thinking about leadership, teamwork, overcoming odds, taking responsible risks and dealing with changing environments.

Doug Hall – Innovative Engineering

How to Innovate & Grow Your Credit Union

Doug, a master marketing inventor and the founder and CEO of Eureka! Ranch, brings the magic of his “invention and research think tank” to credit union leaders.  He’ll jump start your brain with techniques used by American Express, Ford, Nike, Disney and many others to make Measurably Smarter growth choices.

Eric Saperston – The Journey

Lessons from America’s Most Influential Leaders

Challenged by a mentor to make a post-college trip to follow the Grateful Dead and work a ski season in Aspen more meaningful, Eric convinced a group of friends to ask some of the world’s most powerful people out for a cup of coffee.  In their search for inspiration and wisdom, they talked with more than 200 famous and not so famous people.  Get ready to be captivated by these stories and Eric’s search for the meaning of life.

For more information on CUNA’s 2011 America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo, visit

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About CUNA:

With its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) serves 90 percent of America’s 7,700 state and federally chartered credit unions, which are owned by nearly 92 million consumer members. Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives providing affordable financial services to people from all walks of life. For more information, visit


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