Dec 01 '20
Welcome Josh Sledge, Filene's New Senior Director of Incubation
In his role as senior director of incubation, Josh will develop Filene’s incubation initiatives and arm industry leaders with innovative ideas, early stage concepts and promising technologies that solve the real-world problems.
Please join me in welcoming Josh Sledge to Filene!
As a nationally recognized expert on building household financial capability, Josh’s specific areas of expertise and passion for exploring emerging opportunities enhances the credit union industry’s capacity to adapt to an ever changing and unpredictable world. At Filene we know that incubation is symbiotic with, necessary to, and ultimately an indispensable form of research—and we are thrilled to have Josh’s leadership and vision drive these efforts forward.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Josh received a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He spent four years as a Senior Investment Analyst at Prudential Financial before moving to Financial Health Network (formerly the Center for Financial Services Innovation), a national nonprofit think tank working to improve the financial health of Americans. It is here that he first became connected with Filene. From 2013 to 2014, the Financial Health Network helped fund the testing of LIFT (Lower Interest for Timeliness), a concept idea from Filene’s i3 program, within five credit unions.
"I know that together we will produce significant impact for those who need it most."
“Incubation is not new to Filene yet the opportunity to accelerate it based on the existing framework and the incredible work that has been done to date is truly exciting,” says Josh. “Given this extraordinary opportunity to drive change, especially considering the thousands of credit unions across the country as potential partners in this change, I know that together we will produce significant impact for those who need it most.”
As we prepare to launch our sixth and final new Center of Excellence for Innovation and Incubation in early 2021, we have begun to expand our Incubation opportunities. Due to the rising demand from the credit union industry, we are enhancing our incubation efforts to equip credit unions with solutions that can help them meet their aggressive growth goals and drive a double bottom line impact for their organization and their members.