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Weddings, Cars and Credit Unions

Weddings, Cars and Credit Unions

What do weddings, cars and credit union conferences have in common?

The answer? Crashers! In my (rather biased) opinion, the latter kind are by far the best Crashers. This acclaimed Crash program is led by the Cooperative Trust and brought to you by Filene. With the Trust’s launch of a new website and rebrand earlier this spring, let’s take a fresh look at this award-winning young professional community.

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Don’t let panic derail your plans

Don’t let panic derail your plans

“Something came up.”

“I don’t have enough information yet.”

“I don’t need to start it right now.”

Even when we map out the year with a strategic plan we can still find ourselves holding on to that one item that forever stays at the bottom of our to-do lists. That one thing that we never quite get to on our agenda because we run out of time.  That one goal we said we would start working on once we get to April.

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Sip ‘n’ ‘Search: Official Research Pairing Guide

Sip ‘n’ ‘Search: Official Research Pairing Guide

Like craft beers and rescue pets, Filene's research reports come with many rich flavors and complex personalities to provide you with one-of-a-kind experiences. We realize you have a lot of choices for how to spend your free time on weekends, but we know many of you enjoying dig deep into Filene's research library. We want to make your leisure reading this Sunday even more enjoyable, so Filene has created an official pairing guide. 

Crack open a beer, curl up next to your furry friend and enjoy the latest research findings from Filene Research Institute. 

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Help us Get Big without Getting Biggity

Help us Get Big without Getting Biggity

When I applied to participate in i3, I was working at BestSource Credit Union in Waterford, MI. I was responsible for all of the frontline teams. I loved the work, but my view of credit unions and the world was narrow. Around that same time, our CEO during my annual review gave me some interesting advice. He said, “Tansley, I know you love credit unions, but consider that there is a big world out there beyond them. You may want to explore that before you are ‘tied’ to credit unions for good.”

Once I participated in i3, there was no chance of me taking that advice.

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Aloha! Tansley Stearns Sets Sail in Support of Credit Unions

Aloha! Tansley Stearns Sets Sail in Support of Credit Unions

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word Aloha as a greeting to mean both "welcome" and "farewell." This is why the word is a perfect fit for what the Filene team will be saying to Tansley Stearns, our chief impact officer, later this month.

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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

As we turn the lights on again and settle back into our daily routine following the CUNA GAC Conference in Washington D.C. we are feeling inspired, motivated and reinvigorated to tackle issues vital to the success of credit unions and consumer finance.  Like any organization, business, or cause we recognize that anything that we do is only accomplished because of the support of many. It takes many individuals and organizations to light it up and make our work possible. It truly takes a village and we are so grateful for every shining member of our village.

One of those shining members is Visa. Their focus to expand education opportunities for emerging credit union leaders ensures Filene's War for Talent Center of Excellence continues its groundbreaking work to provide research and solutions to attract, develop, and promote top performers. We are thrilled to share Visa's big announcement with you.

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Credit Unions Light it Up at GAC 2018!

Credit Unions Light it Up at GAC 2018!

A room of nearly 400 Filene members and supporters gathered on Monday at CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference to help celebrate and honor the work that the credit union industry is doing to help light the path to a brighter financial future for millions of people. After a bit of Filene brain food, we heard from Andrea Sreshta, co-founder of LuminAID, with a filling of heart-warming inspiration about her company's work literally lighting up cities after disasters. 

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Key Takeaways from the Hindsight Prototype Test

Key Takeaways from the Hindsight Prototype Test

Have you ever gone to a conference, experienced a series of eye-opening Aha! moments, only to get home with very little memory of what you’d intended to learn? Us, too.  

A creative team of four Filene i3 innovators dreamed up and built Hindsight to increase conference productivity, create a more engaged audience, boost post-conference action, and – you guessed it – aid in remembering everything covered at an 80 miles-per-hour conference. So how does Hindsight work, exactly? 

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A Taste of Our Own Medicine

A Taste of Our Own Medicine

Just like credit union’s face every few years with their own sites, the filene.org site was starting to show its age as technology was changing around us. Our own studies have shown that credit union’s online presence matters.  More and more consumers are going online as their primary research and shopping channels and often times this is where the first impression of an organization is made. Well, we swallowed our pride and recognized that we needed to work on our own first impression. We can’t just talk the talk, it’s time to also walk the walk. 

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A Worthy New Year’s Resolution

A Worthy New Year’s Resolution

Did you tell yourself in January that 2018 will be the year you keep your New Year’s resolutions? Now, one month in, are you still holding up that promise to yourself and your family to take that vacation you’ve always wanted? Have you taken steps to begin volunteering more regularly? Are you still going to the gym four or five times a week?

Only 8% of people keep their New Year's resolutions. Maybe their resolutions were too lofty or they lost momentum. Some resolutions are harder to forget than others, especially when the unexpected occurs....

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