2017 GAC: A Look at Speakers, Sessions for Sunday and Monday

WASHINGTON – The 2017 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) kicks off Feb. 26, and will see more than 5,000 credit union leaders come to the nation’s capital for the credit union movement’s premier advocacy event. Registration starts Sunday and leads into that evening’s ED (Filene) Talk, and continues Monday with the kickoff of the general session and a number of breakout sessions.

Founder of the Global Soap Project Derreck Kayongo is this year’s ED (Filene) Talk speaker, and he will speak on the power of observation and connecting people to purpose.

Monday’s keynote speaker is Kat Cole, group president of FOCUS Brands, which owns and operates Cinnabon, Schlotzky’s, Auntie Anne’s, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and other food service companies. She will discuss, among other things, the building blocks of branding.

Monday’s breakout sessions include:

  • Economic Outlook & Credit Unions, covering the outlook for the U.S. economy in 2017 and 2018. Credit union economists will discuss prospects for employment, GDP growth, inflation and the timing of possible interest rate increases with particular emphasis on the impacts of last year's election;
  • The Brave New World of UDAAP, which will provide different perspectives on how agency interpretations of unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices laws are affecting credit unions;
  • MAP: Member Activation Program 2.0. A panel of will discuss how they have used the MAP program to successfully engage their membership in legislative issues facing credit unions, the ease of the program and the other, unexpected benefits which came as a result of being a MAP credit union. 
  • Assessing the Payments Landscape, a look at how data breaches, the Durbin Amendment and faster payments are significantly impacting the way credit unions and credit union members use payments and access funds. Panelists will discuss the threats to credit unions from legislation, litigation and technology; and
  • The Future of NCUA Exams and Call Reports, a discussion of the many facets of NCUA's ongoing transformation of the examination process and how they will impact credit unions.
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