Five In-Person Opportunities to Engage with Filene’s Body of Work in 2018

FEBRUARY 26, 2018

Five In-Person Opportunities to Engage with Filene’s Body of Work in 2018

Researchers and experts put academic findings into action with credit union leaders at signature events

Washington, D.C. – During the Filene Chairman Breakfast at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference on Monday, Filene announced events throughout 2018 for credit union leaders to engage one-on-one with academics and experts to apply key research findings to credit union operations and strategy.

On December 6-7, Filene will hold its signature member event, big.bright.minds, in San Diego, CA. Speakers from inside and outside of the credit union industry will participate in this multi-day event to empower Filene members to take big bright action.

“As we look forward to the future of credit unions, it is encouraging to see the credit union industry focus on how to create meaningful change in the lives of credit union members and in their communities,” said Mark Meyer, Filene CEO. “At each of our Center of Excellence events and big.bright.minds, we have this incredible opportunity to bring our members together, push the boundaries to think differently, and get ahead of changes happening in our industry to ensure credit unions continue to be a valued partner in the lives of their members. It’s a pretty big darn deal and there’s no better time than now to be a part of this.”

In addition to this year’s big.bright.minds, Filene is excited to announce their 2018 research colloquia series. These events—each connected to one of the five Centers of Excellence exploring topics critical to the future of consumer finance—go in-depth into the research to apply learnings into actionable next steps for credit unions. Attendees walk away with a deeper meaning of the research and tangible strategies and tactics to apply back at their credit unions.

Filene member credit unions attending these free events will be able to directly interact with research authors, academics and industry experts:

  • April 10, Center for Performance & Operational Excellence at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • April 12, Center for Emerging Technology at University of California, Irvine, CA
  • June 14, Center for Organizational Entrepreneurship at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • September 27, Center for War for Talent at University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • December 6-7, big.bright.minds, San Diego, CA

“We have a commitment to serving members,” Hope Schau, Filene fellow and professor of marketing at the University of Arizona told attendees of last year’s Center for Consumer Decision Making colloquium,“but we don’t necessarily know how they think about money. Unpacking each generation’s understanding of money allows credit unions to offer better products and services, encourage healthier financial behavior, and give members value propositions they care about.”

New this year, the April colloquia are organized as a research 1-2 punch. Attendees will learn about creating policies and processes that meet members’ needs with as little friction as possible, immediately followed by a day of learning about how technology can help credit unions respond in times of crises.

Registration is now open for colloquia events for Filene members and non-members at Big.bright.minds is an invitation-only event provided as a benefit of Filene membership. To learn more about becoming a Filene member, visit

About Filene: Filene Research Institute is U.S.-based independent, consumer finance think and do tank dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting the future of credit unions, retail banking and cooperative finance. Founded more than 25 years ago, Filene is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit and @fileneresearch.

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