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Retired Gen. Colin Powell to Address Credit Unions at CUNA GAC
Friday, December 2, 2016 6:35 AM

Former Secretary of State and retired Army Gen. Colin Powell will deliver the Tuesday session keynote at CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference on Feb. 28, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

“What can you possibly say about Gen. Powell that hasn’t already been said?” stated CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “He’s a hero, a statesman, a man of character, and a pivotal figure in our country’s last half-century. I’m honored to welcome him at CUNA GAC, and I’m certain that his insights into leadership will be deeply valued by all in attendance.”

Between his time as a soldier and a diplomat, Powell has served the United States in various capacities for nearly six decades. He holds the distinction of being the first African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and in 2001 became the first to serve as secretary of state. He has authored two bestselling books and received dozens of awards, including two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the Liberty Medal, the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award, and an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.

During his keynote, Powell will discuss leadership, confidence, and American optimism as he shares key lessons learned from his experience in public service. Joining Powell as keynoters are Emmy-winning journalist Bob Schieffer and FOCUS Brands, Inc. Group President Kat Cole. Additionally, humanitarian and business innovator Derreck Kayongo will present the conference’s ED (Filene) Talk.

CUNA GAC is the largest advocacy event in the credit union movement, gathering more than 5,000 credit union leaders to remind policymakers that credit unions and their more than 100 million members matter. Attendees advocate to representatives face to face during Hill hikes, enjoy engaging keynote and breakout sessions, and tour the largest exhibit hall in the financial services industry.

To learn more and register for CUNA GAC, please visit

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With its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) serves America's credit unions, which are owned by more than 100 million consumer members. Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives providing affordable financial services to people from all walks of life. For more information about CUNA, visit or follow @CUNA on Twitter. For more information about credit unions, visit and follow @asmarterchoice on Twitter.