Explore complex problems, see with new perspective, discover breakout solutions.
Filene i3 is a two-year innovation leadership program equipping top credit union professionals with the mindset, tools, and network to lead and shape the future.
Through this cohort-based program, participants work in cross-functional teams to explore and address some of credit unions’ most pressing challenges. i3 participants learn cutting-edge innovation competencies grounded in three core categories:
- Facilitating Innovation: Engaging the diverse perspectives of members, staff, stakeholders, and subject-matter experts to co-create new solutions.
- Accelerating Learning: Exploring and iterating new ideas to gain insight, reduce risk, and validate solutions.
- Leading Change: Mobilizing people and resources to inspire action and make change happen.
"The i3 experience leaves a person forever inspired by the possibilities for innovation and growth. That is tremendously valuable to our organization as we try to transform ourselves to be relevant now and in the future."
David Snodgrass, 2006 i3 Cohort
President & CEO of Lake Trust CU
"The program changed my life. My i³ experience was instrumental in helping prepare me to be the CEO of Resource One Credit Union."
Mary Beth Spuck, 2012 i3 Cohort
President & CEO of Resource One CU
"As an i3er, I can attest to a new way of thinking, listening, learning and co-creating. Our credit union leaders, and movement as a whole, are more adept, influential and impactful because of the Filene i3 program."
Dohnia Dorman, 2018 i3 Cohort
VP Enterprise Agility, Suncoast CU
The Program Curriculum
i3 is a two-year program in four parts. Participants practice innovation through the following experiential training modules:
Harness the collective potential of diverse groups of people and data to explore complex problems, think with new perspective, and seek breakout solutions.
Accelerate learning and reduce risk by designing, running, and iterating through experimental tests that inform and validate possible solutions.
Design and run an innovation pilot to test and scale new business models. Practice building partnerships, evaluating performance, and reducing friction for sustainable growth.
Accepting Applications for the Next Class!
November 14, 2020
Each year we select a new cohort of promising leaders from a wide pool of applicants to join i3. The i3 selection process happens in four stages:
1. ONLINE APPLICATION
Candidates submit an online application before October 31, including responses to questions, two letters of recommendation, and short video.
2. CORE TEAM REVIEW
The applications are reviewed by a core selection team to select the first short list of promising candidates.
3. EXPERT REVIEW
A series of group interviews with the core team and external experts to further narrow down the list of final candidates.
4. 1:1 INTERVIEW
A virtual face-to-face interview with the core selection team, who then select the top candidates for participation in the i3 program.
Download the i3 information packet.
Filene i3 participants will be announced in January 2021.
"I think it’s important for everyone to want to become an i3er. To get the experience, to go through the process, to build your network. We met all of these people 6 months ago and now I could call them every day with any question that I have. They’re truly close friends."
Aubrey Ward, CUNA
i³ (Ideas, Innovation, Implementation) claims more than 150 concepts since the program's inception in 2004. These product, service, and business model innovations help credit unions build operational efficiency, generate loans, mobilize savings, reach communities, and strengthen membership. Browse through them below.
Fall 2017 + Spring 2018
Blueprints for Innovation
Over the last year, Filene i³ innovation teams developed solutions to some of the most challenging problems we have heard from credit union members.View Brief
Meet the the top credit union professionals who are brainstorming, testing and creating products, processes and business models to better serve member needs.Meet the Team