Filene expands opportunities to engage with research and innovation in 2019

Actionable academic research and tested scalable solutions highlighted at signature events

MADISON, WI (March 15, 2019) — During the Filene Chairman Breakfast at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference on Monday, Filene announced its 2019 line-up of events, including a new series of workshops designed to help credit unions accelerate financial inclusion in their communities.

On November 19, Filene holds its signature member event, big.bright.minds., in Durham, NC. In this culmination of the year’s insights, speakers from inside and outside the credit union industry will lead attendees through multi-day forward thinking sessions to strengthen their organizations and improve consumer financial wellbeing.

“We have ambitious plans for 2019 bringing the best and brightest together to spark our research to life,” said Mark Meyer, Filene CEO. “Our events provide an incredible opportunity to bring our members together, push the boundaries to think forward, 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.”

In addition to big.bright.minds., Filene is excited to announce its full calendar of events centered around key issues impacting credit unions. These events explore topics critical to the future of consumer finance and give attendees the opportunity to directly interact with research authors, academics and industry experts. Free to Filene members, attendees will walk away with actionable steps to move their credit unions forward:

May 29-30, “The Future of Trust” for the Center for Emerging Technology in Seattle, WA
August 13-14, Center for Organizational Entrepreneurship and Operational Excellence in Boston, MA
September 26-27, Center for War for Talent and Center for Consumer Decision Making in Austin, TX
November 19-20, big.bright.minds. in Durham, NC

New this year, Filene’s Incubator is hosting free interactive workshops for both Filene members and non-members, with partners Inclusiv, PolicyWorks, Coopera, Accion and Grameen America, that will teach financial institutions to expand their lending programs to include individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) lending and small business lending. These workshops extend from two successful programs tested in Filene’s Reaching Minority Households Incubator and will arm credit unions with tools to build in-house capacity, position themselves as leaders in financial inclusion and grow membership:

May 2-3, Incubator Workshop in Miami, FL
June 25-26, Incubator Workshop in Chicago, IL
July 16-17, Incubator Workshop in New York City, NY
August 20-21, Incubator Workshop in San Francisco, CA
September 24-25, Incubator Workshop in Austin, TX

Registration is now open for research events at and incubation workshops at To learn more about becoming a Filene member, visit

About Filene Research Institute

Filene Research Institute is an independent, consumer finance think tank dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting consumer financial wellness, the future of credit unions, and cooperative finance. Founded 30 years ago as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Filene moves credit unions forward with research and incubation support. For more information, visit and @fileneresearch.


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