Two NW CU Execs Chosen for Filene i3 Program

Two Northwest credit union executives are among the sixteen nationally that have been accepted into the Filene i3 Program, according to a recent announcement from Filene Research Institute. Each i3 member serves a two-year term that kicks off at Filene’s big.bright.minds event this October at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“I’m so honored to be able to be a part of i3, particularly with Filene’s deep roots in the history of credit unions,” said Northwest Community Credit Union’s Chief Administrative Officer Melissa Vigil.

“I am so happy that my relentless asking the ‘Why?’ can help the credit union industry as a whole! Filene’s research is so important for credit unions to remain relevant, by helping us differentiate ourselves. I’m ecstatic to be a part of it.”

Boasting over 200 innovative concepts in its first decade, Filene i3 has helped save consumers millions of dollars, brought new efficiency to credit unions and even changed a few laws. Under the guidance of Andrew Downin, new i3ers will experience a greater emphasis on prototype testing and implementation following concept innovation.

“I feel lucky that I work for a credit union that supports process improvement and innovation, and I can’t wait to share this stance of curiousness and exploration with Filene,” added Vigil.

“There has never been a better time to be involved in a program like this,” said Josh Sidell, of Verity Credit Union. “Technology not only allows us to do things we’ve never been able to do before but it allows us to test it out and deploy it easier and faster than ever. I spent my career trying to find ways to enhance our members’ lives. This Filene program gives me the opportunity to learn new and innovative ways to accomplish that goal.”

Historically, Filene accepts less than 20 percent of the applicants into the program. Filene i3 members commit to ideating, building, and testing several innovation concepts, piloting two ideas in their credit unions, attending two national meetings per year, and participating in regular group work.

For more information on Filene i3, watch this short video and be sure to visit to view concepts and current and past members.

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222,

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