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Stronger Than Stones; Reflecting on Women’s Leadership in Credit Unions

Stronger Than Stones; Reflecting on Women’s Leadership in Credit Unions

My grandmother was not only one of my biggest mentors and supporters in life, but she was also a historian and a genealogist. During Women’s History Month I often find myself thinking about her and how she influenced my life. She frequently told me that the women in our family were born with “stones in the base of our spines.” This was her message of quiet strength that to this day I remember when times are tough.

Filene Research Institute did a series in coordination with the World Council of Credit Unions and the Global Women’s Leadership Network on women in leadership within credit unions. 

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Larky Helps Credit Unions Tackle Growth and Relevancy Challenges

Larky Helps Credit Unions Tackle Growth and Relevancy Challenges

I'm pretty good at buying shoes. I do it a few times a year, have a pretty solid idea where to shop and what's going to feel comfortable on my feet. 

Buying a car is the other end of the spectrum for me. I've only done it twice in my life. It feels overwhelming and intimidating. When I last purchased a car, I was so focused on the car itself, negotiating a price, and making sure that I could still play all of my mix tapes, that I hadn't thought much about how I would finance my purchase. The dealer was happy to help guide me toward financing, but my credit union wasn't an option they suggested.

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Slaying the Debt Dragon

Slaying the Debt Dragon

National student loan debt has reached more than $1.3 trillion, with 44 million borrowers. This type of debt differs from other types of debt such as home mortgages, primarily because borrowers don’t often see the full picture of what their debt will amount to and the impacts that it may have on their lives until it’s too late.

But your credit union can be the hero -- the financial partner -- your members need now. By signing on to test Debt Dragon, you can help your members tame the beast of student loan debt.

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GAC 2017 in Photos

GAC 2017 in Photos

If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are several thousand. See GAC 2017 through Filene's eyes at our Chairman's Breakfast, National Credit Union Foundation's Herb Wegner Memorial Awards Dinner, The Cooperative Trust's Crasher festivities, and of course, the legendary Thunderpunch!

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Building the Next Generation of Credit Union Leaders

Building the Next Generation of Credit Union Leaders

When we think about community in the financial services space, it is impossible not to think about credit unions. Credit unions are vital to the financial health of communities across the United States. They provide valuable financial services, a deep customer service and a commitment to the communities they serve.

Visa is proud to pledge $1.5 million to strengthen the talent pipeline in credit union industry and work together with Filene and others in the industry to build the next generation of leaders.

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