Newport Beach, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2007) – The National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO) recently announced their four keynote speakers scheduled to address credit union and CUSO executives attending NACUSO’s 2007 Annual Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual conference will be conducted April 30 through May 3, at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel. NACUSO will officially unveil details of its new National Center for Collaboration and Innovation at the annual conference. The National Center was created to strategically solve tough industry issues and assist credit unions and CUSOs to successfully evolve together, by turning innovative ideas into reality. Each distinguished speaker will add clarity to one of the “four pillars” that support the National Center: critical thinking, collaboration/cooperation, innovation, and implementation.
To shine light on the supporting pillar of innovation, NACUSO announced that guest speaker Nicholas G. Carr will present his topic, “The Prudent Innovator,” at the May 1 general session. Noting that innovation isn’t free, Carr argues that organizations should focus their creativity on a few critical areas – the ones capable of producing a competitive edge – and be ruthless imitators elsewhere. He will offer NACUSO attendees a series of pragmatic and surprising strategies to increase the odds that innovation initiatives and investments really pay off, and illustrate those strategies with compelling examples. A former editor of the Harvard Business Review, Nicholas Carr is an acclaimed business writer and speaker whose work centers on strategy, innovation, and technology. Carr’s 2004 book Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage set off a worldwide debate about the role of computers in business.
Speaking on May 2, Michael R. LeGault, author of the 2006 book Think! Why Crucial Decisions Can’t Be Made in the Blink of an Eye, will deliver the morning session’s keynote address and take attendees to the heart of the critical thinking pillar. LeGault is outraged by the downward spiral of American intellect and culture. “If bestselling books are advising us to not think,” LeGault argues, “it comes as no surprise that sharp, incisive reasoning has become a lost art in the daily life of Americans. Somewhere along the line, the Age of Reason morphed into the Age of Emotion; this systemic erosion is costing time, money, jobs, and lives in the twenty-first century, leading to less fulfillment and growing dysfunction.” LeGault will provide a bold, controversial analysis of the causes of, and solutions for, the erosion of growth and market share at many established American companies. LeGault is an award-winning National Post editor, writer, and a former columnist for the Washington Times.
Business consultant Karen E. Purves will provide the final keynote address during the May 3 closing general session. Purves will provide annual conference attendees a fresh perspective on problem solving methods, and a variety of tools to spark innovative thinking, while sustaining an innovative environment. Known for her infectious energy and humor, Purves has conducted time-proven, content-driven seminars at a diverse list of organizations from Pfizer to Deloitte, and the United States Department of Agriculture to Motorola. She brings a myriad of experiences to her speaking engagements, including testifying before a U.S. Congressional Subcommittee and performing improvisational comedy at “The Second City” Mainstage Theater in Chicago.
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Vice Chairman Rodney E. Hood will deliver the May 2 afternoon session keynote address, to illuminate the importance of collaborative and cooperative
footing for NACUSO’s National Center and the industry in general. “The Vice Chairman was
incredibly well received at our fall Business Services Collaborative,” stated Vic Pantea, NACUSO
interim president and president/COO of Member Gateways, LLC in South Bend, Indiana. “While he may further endorse the credit union and CUSO relationship at the annual conference, I fully anticipate that Rodney Hood will challenge all of us with his own special vision for the industry.” Delivering his keynote address to an enthusiastic membership at the second annual NACUSO 2006 Business Services Collaborative, held in Chicago this past November, Hood challenged credit unions to engage credit union-owned solutions saying, “CUSOs are the ones with the infrastructure, and because of what they’re doing, you can give them the synergies and efficiencies that they need to do business lending effectively.”
In addition, the 2007 Annual Conference will have a distinct group of industry leaders conducting
breakout sessions May 1 and 2. “CUSOs are the ideal mechanism to do the heavy lifting for credit
unions, for the actual implementation of strategies derived from critical thinking, collaboration, and
innovation,” Pantea emphasized. “Credit unions that utilize the National Center for Collaboration
and Innovation will look to NACUSO, and its CUSO members, for the final pillar – implementation –
and answers that lead to faster results.”
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