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A Summer with Filene

A Summer with Filene

I didn’t know what I was missing when I first started my internship with Filene Research Institute. I had been studying communications and public relations for roughly two years and had a vague interest in finance. But that is all it was, a vague interest. I had my personal bank accounts and experience managing money from a handful of part-time and temporary jobs. I made my deposits and watched my accounts fluctuate, so what?

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Helping leaders catch their stride

Helping leaders catch their stride

When I first began running marathons, I made a lot of mistakes. I was overconfident and under informed. I did not know what questions to ask of my more experienced counterparts. There are certain basic lessons that experienced runners know to be true.

For example, when running 26.2 miles you have to refuel. The thought of eating while running seemed both silly and foreign to me. Not until I continually bonked after 16-18 miles did I start taking the journey of refueling more seriously.

Eventually through the harsh school of experience, I learned. It took many years and many races before I began to apply my learning so that I was a stronger and faster marathoner.

Many leaders follow a similar path.

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Technology Scan: The consumer still holds the cards

In my last post, Digital Wallets: Still Waiting for Critical Mass, I offered takeaways on what's happening with Apple Pay and other digital wallet providers gleaned from data and dialogue shared at PYMNTS.com’s Retail Reinvention conference held recently in Chicago.  As a follow up let’s recap some of the other memorable comments, which shed light on the latest trends in both technology and consumer behavior.

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“Some Choices Matter”

Guest blogger Martin Reed shares "Some Choices Matter" - a video created to start a conversation about the choices people make about where they bank and invest their money, and why those choices matter.

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