Herjavec, Etlinger and Mainwaring to headline 2017 World Credit Union Conference

Keynote speakers to address cybersecurity, big data and millennials

MADISON, WI (April 14, 2017) — World Council of Credit Unions has secured three high-caliber speakers for the 2017 World Credit Union Conference, the premier global event for credit unions, 23–26 July, in Vienna, Austria. More than 1,800 credit union executives and volunteers from over 55 countries are expected to attend. The four-day conference focuses on networking and educational sessions geared towards finding solutions to today’s industry challenges.

Robert Herjavec

The keynote speakers include:

  • Robert Herjavec, the star from ABC’s Emmy award-winning television show, Shark Tank. The son of immigrants, Robert went from waiting tables to launching a computer company from his basement. In 2003, Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of America’s fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is recognized as a global leader in information security, specializing in managed security services, compliance, incident response and remediation efforts for enterprise level organizations. Robert is a successful author, speaker, television star and entrepreneur. Robert will address delegates on Tuesday, 25 July featuring the topic Fast, Forward & Focused. He will reveal a few secrets from inside the Shark Tank and inspire anyone willing to keep up in a fast-moving world.
    Susan Etlinger
  • Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst with Altimeter Group, a Prophet Company, where she focuses on data, artificial intelligence and ethics.  She conducts independent research on these topics and advises global executives on strategy related to emerging technologies. In addition, she works with technology innovators to help them refine their roadmaps and go-to-market plans. Etlinger is on the board of The Big Boulder Initiative, an industry organization dedicated to promoting the successful and ethical use of data. She is a TED speaker, is regularly asked to speak on data strategy and best practices and has been quoted in media outlets such as The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, and BBC. Susan will talk on Monday, 24 July focusing on how current trends and technologies, such as digital media, are affecting consumer behavior and challenging the customer experience.
Simon Mainwaring
  • Simon Mainwaring is the founder of We First, a leading brand consultancy that provides purpose-driven strategy, content, and training that empowers companies to lead business, shape culture, and better our world. We First consulting shows companies how to define, frame and share the story of their good work in ways that build their brand reputation, customer community, and social impact. Simon’s book, We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World (Palgrave Macmillan) is a New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller. It was named an Amazon Top Ten Business Book and strategy+business named it the Best Business Marketing Book of the Year. On Wednesday 26 July, attendees will learn the Millennial mindset, behaviors and aspirations that Credit Unions can leverage to build their reputation, customer communities and impact in the world.

At over 20 breakout sessions, additional thought leaders from around the globe will present on a wide variety of topics that are affecting the future of the financial services industry. Hear from credit union leaders on blockchain, digital payments, advocacy, innovation, collaboration and more.

Other educational events taking place during the conference include:

  • Executive Series, an interactive session featuring two breakfasts and a lunch with exclusive insights and expert advice from the conferences keynote speakers. Limited seats are available for this event.
  • Global Women’s Leadership Forumthe annual networking and educational gathering of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, the world’s only peer-to-peer credit union women’s leadership organization. For the first time in the event’s history, the Forum is open to all conference attendees. Sandra McDowell, will lead the discussion on Sunday, 23 July.
  • World Council Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) program, the annual educational and networking event for credit union professionals age 35 and younger. Five scholarship applicants will receive all-expense-paid scholarships to the 2018 World Credit Union Conference in Singapore. The WYCUP program begins 23 July and runs concurrently with the conference. 2017 WYCUP Scholarship materials are due 1 June, 2017.

Visit to register by 19 May 2017 and save $100 USD on your registration.

About World Council of Credit Unions

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach. World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 85,400 credit unions in 118 countries serve 274 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at


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