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Filene: Big.bright.minds 2013 To Be Crashed
MADISON, Wis. (9/3/13)--Filene Research Institute is gathering the biggest and brightest minds from the credit union system Oct. 1 in Princeton, N.J., for big.bright.minds2013. The event is invitation-only and usually exclusive to the Filene board, research council, fellows, current i3 members and benefactors. But this year, big.bright.minds is getting Crashed.  
"With support from Filene, we're offering our Crashers the chance to be on the inside at this event," said James Marshall, leader at The Cooperative Trust. "For four days, our members will rub shoulders with some of the most illustrious people in our industry. Along with them, we'll also attend a master class on behavioral economics with ideas42 and a workshop on optimizing channels for member experience with Harvard Business School's Dennis Campbell."
The Cooperative Trust stems from more than 10 years of Filene research examining the young-adult issues that credit unions and cooperatives face. In 2010, Filene organized a group of 25 young credit union professionals called The Crash Network to crash the Credit Union National  Association's Governmental Affairs Conference. With a three-year funding commitment from CUNA Mutual Group, The Crash Network became The Cooperative Trust in 2012.  
As Crash the GAC, the trust's flagship event, enters its fifth year, Crashers attend conferences and meet-ups all over the credit union and cooperative systems. It networks young people working in credit unions and cooperatives with on-going support from CUNA's Center for Professional Development and PSCU Financial Services. The trust provides hundreds of young adults with opportunities to attend events, for mentorship and to network with like-minded individuals nationwide. 
This year's big.bright.minds Crashers include:
  • Amanda McMeans, vice president of client management, MarketMatch, Columbus, Ohio;
  • Blake Woods, public relations and new media manager, Lake Trust CU, Lansing, Mich.;
  • Danielle Frawley, vice president of marketing and communications, Fort Community CU, Fort Atkinson, Wis.;
  • Francesca McFadden, marketing specialist, Gates Chili FCU, Rochester, N.Y.;
  • Heather Ristow, operations director, Heritage CU, Madison, Wis.;
  • Ken Gardner, marketing and human resources intern, Greater Texas FCU, Austin, Texas;
  • Maia Graham-Derham, manager, Financial Access Program, Assiniboine CU, Winnipeg, Canada;
  • Michael Molaka, vice president of operations, BrightStar CU, Sunrise, Fla.;
  • Nilsa Gebert, branch manager, Focus CU, Wauwatosa, Wis.; and
  • Stephanie Sievers, CEO, Aneca FCU, Shreveport, La.
To learn more about the Crashers, use the link.

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