ARLINGTON, Va.-The agenda for NAFCU's 36th Annual Conference to be held July 23-26 in Boston is focused on keeping members up-to-date with the latest information ranging from technology to human resources trends. Members are responding favorably to enhancements to the program with a total of 680 registrations as of the beginning of May, compared to 454 at the same time in 2002. According to NAFCU Associate Director of Education Ron Goode, last year's final tally came to 1,286 attendees excluding speakers. One of the exciting new features for NAFCU's conference is a computer hacker lab with hands-on training for executives to see how hackers break into computer systems. Twenty terminals will be set up in the exhibit hall with 30-minute rotations. Additionally, NAFCU has added a new track on e-learning and how it can impact credit unions. The programs will range from the basics of what e-learning is and how to use it through the future of corporate training and what related services NAFCU may provide in the future. The program will also feature enhancements to the existing human resources track. Confirmed speakers for the conference include all three NCUA Board members; Neil Howe, an expert on differences in generations who has written columns for The Washington Post and New York Times; and Lester Thurow, columnist for the Boston Globe and Technology Review, as well as former dean for MIT Sloan School of Management and author of "Future of Capitalism." NAFCU will also host a break out session with National Reinvestment Corporation Executive Director Ellen Lazar on partnering, as part of NCUA's Partnering and Leadership Successes-PALS-program. Instead of the typical dinner and a show entertainment, attendees receive with their registration tickets to a Yankees v. Red Sox game at nearby historical Fenway Park.

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