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Eight New Ideas from the Innovative Minds of Filene i3

The brightest minds from US and Canadian credit unions have revealed their latest innovations to change the face of consumer finance. Innovations that will enhance your credit union’s efficiency, connect you with your community, and deliver unmatched value to your members.

Australia + Filene = Family

Australia + Filene = Family

This past week, Mark Meyer and I had the unique opportunity to cross 15 time zones and spend time with our cooperative banking cousins in Australia. The result of our visit is Filene Research Institute's newest gold benefactor member: Customer Owned Banking Association or COBA. 

Shindigity! 25 Years!

Thanks for the memories! We look forward to making many more with all of you! Cheers!



25 Years of research, innovation, and impact were celebrated with friends and supporters of Filene on July 15 in Madison.


It was a rare treat to have 3 of Filene’s CEO’s together sharing stories about leading the only think tank in North America dedicated to research and innovation on behalf of credit unions and consumer finance. L to R: David Chatfield (1989-1991), Bob Hoel (1991-2006), Mark Meyer (2006-Present)

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Four Steps to Further Women’s Leadership in Credit Unions

Four Steps to Further Women’s Leadership in Credit Unions

If you want to talk about women in leadership, you have to talk about gender intelligence.

Leaders, women and men alike, need to learn about, acknowledge, and act on the fundamental, but many times subtle, differences that women and men face in the workplace. Filene and The World Council convened credit union leaders at the University of Southern California to address just this challenge. The full findings will be published this Fall, but in the meantime, here are some of the day's more interesting tidbits, with four tangible steps to get you started.

A Conversation with Jean Chatzky: Engaging and Empowering Members for Long Term Growth


Tuesday, June 17, 1:00 - 2:00 PM (CT)

Join Filene to hear a special message from Jean Chatzky, prepared especially for credit union leaders.

In this unique bonus live web session hosted by SavvyMoney's Director of Education Jean and moderated by the CEO of SavvyMoney's JB Orecchia, you’ll hear Jean's insightful perspective on how consumers are feeling about the economy, what they're looking for from credit unions, and how credit union lenders can help their members better manage their finances and borrow responsibly for the future. Drawing on behavioral finance research, Jean will share how credit unions can encourage members to save more and spend less.  She will offer her advice for getting more members in the door.  

Finally we will explore SavvyMoney, a former Filene i3 idea that provides online tools credit unions can provide to better engage members in taking charge of their financial lives.


Hip-hip-hooray! It’s our Birthday Today!

Today's our birthday! We're celebrating the big 2-5 here at Filene Research Institute. Join us in celebrating 25 years of research, innovation, and impact on behalf of credit unions.