Filene i3

Filene i3 is a community of over 300 leaders and change-makers working across the North American credit union system and beyond.

Applications for the next cohort of i3 are now open!

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.

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Applications for the next cohort of i3 are now open!


i3 Community

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 community

Filene Fill-In Podcast

Hear what one of Filene's i3 leaders, Brent Dixon, has to say about the application process and how the i3 program has adapted due to COVID - 19.

Listen here

Accepting Applications for the Next Class!

Applications open through November 30, 2021

Learn more by downloading our information packet.

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:

Interested candidates must complete the online application by November 30th. The application includes responses to questions, a letter of recommendation from your CEO or Manager, and a short video introducing yourself and insights on how your history and professional experience will contribute to the i3 experience.
Instructions are found in the application link.

Final candidates are then invited to virtual face-to-face interviews with the review team during the weeks of December 1 - 15, 2021.

The core selection team will select the top candidates for participation in the i3 program.

The new class of i3 will officially be announced to the marketplace on January 10, 2022.

The i3 opportunity awaits you.


"Joining i3 has offered me the opportunity to connect and collaborate with diverse, forward-thinking credit union thought leaders and change-makers. I’m sincerely humbled and in awe of the potential and the possibility we are going to amass together. I’m most excited to leverage innovation to continue 'future-proofing’ credit unions. It’s not only about solving today’s problems but preparing for tomorrow and onward!"
Hazelmae Overturf, BECU
i3 Wave 17

The Program Curriculum

i3 is a two-year program in four parts. Participants practice innovation through the following experiential training modules:

"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 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
"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