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Iowa League To Develop Innovation Group
DES MOINES, Iowa (2/27/13)--The Iowa Credit Union League is seeking 15 innovative credit union professionals for its new Iowa Innovation Group to help build the future of credit unions.

The league is collaborating with the Filene Research Institute on the program, which will be exclusively for Iowa credit unions.

"We feel there is no better time for the Iowa system to make this investment," said Jim Niederhauser, vice president of Member Services at ICUL. "Innovation is such a critical approach on a number of levels, but ultimately it's concentrating resources for our future sustainability and success."

The 15 innovators should be innovative, insightful and energetic credit union professionals with substantial responsibility, be passionate about the credit union system and constantly envision ways to help credit union members.

"While the recruitment focuses on credit union senior managers who are on a career path toward CEO status, the opportunity is ripe for high potential employees who are committed to professional development, developing an innovation competency, and contributing to transformational change for credit unions at this exciting historic time," said Neiderhauser.

The program is modeled after Filene's i3 program and will use Filene's "Method of Innovation," with coaching from Filene's staff.  Participants will reveal their work at the Iowa Credit Union Annual Convention Sept. 18-20 in Des Moines.

"Over the past decade, Filene has helped develop a proven methodology for innovation that has helped transformative financial services ideas get off the ground," said Matt Davis, Financial innovation director. "ICUL's desire to put this curriculum to work for the citizens of Iowa proves, as they have time and time again, their dedication to improving consumers' lives through credit unions," he added.

Applications are due March 1. Selections will take place by March 15. For more information, use the link.
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