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2011 CUNA GAC lineup beginning to take shape

One of America's true heroes will headline the Credit Union National Association's 2011 Governmental Affairs Conference, Feb. 27 through March 3 at the Washington Convention Center. Registration and housing lines are now open (use the resource links below).


The GAC will feature Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, the heroic pilot who landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 on New York's Hudson River and saved the lives of 155 people. Sullenberger's landing captivated the country. He also authored the New York Times bestseller "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters."

Political pundits normally appear at the CUNA GAC and in 2011 a political point-counterpoint between Mary Matalin and Arianna Huffington will take place. Matalin is a conservative voice, CNN commentator, and former assistant to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. She and her husband, Democratic strategist James Carville, are one of Washington's best-known political couples.

Huffington is the liberal commentator who co-founded The Huffington Post blog and news site that has become one of the most widely read and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. The Huffington Post also was the launch pad for the "Move Your Money" campaign that has urged consumers to move their accounts from big banks to credit unions and community banks.

Matalin and Huffington are accustomed to sparring with one another over political issues; the two recently began a radio show together, "Both Sides Now," as a forum to debate politics and current events.

The 2011 GAC conference theme is, "Visionary: Creating the Credit Union Future." Additional speakers and session topics will be announced in the coming weeks. Check the LSCU CUNA GAC page for more information on the LSCU room block and special activities.