Filene i3 Program Application Deadline is Nov. 30

Are you a credit union professional passionate about innovation, collaboration, and creative brainstorming? Would you relish the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals to elevate the Credit Union Movement, and by extension, change the world?

If so, joining the Filene i3 cohort of leaders and changemakers is the perfect opportunity, and interested candidates have until Nov. 30 to apply to join the next class.

This two-year innovation leadership program arms top credit union professionals with the mindset, tools, and network to lead and shape the future.

Through the cohort-based program, participants work in cross-functional teams to explore and address some of credit unions’ most pressing challenges. i3 participants learn cutting-edge innovation competencies grounded in three core categories:

  • Facilitating Innovation: Engaging the diverse perspectives of members, staff, stakeholders, and subject-matter experts to co-create new solutions.
  • Accelerating Learning: Exploring and iterating new ideas to gain insight, reduce risk, and validate solutions.
  • Leading Change: Mobilizing people and resources to inspire action and make change happen.

Some of the credit union industry’s most impactful financial solutions and ideas were borne as a result of i3, helping save consumers millions of dollars, bringing new efficiency to credit unions, and even changing a few laws.

Over the years, several Northwest credit union professionals have joined the program, including Hazelmae Overturf, Sr. Manager of Learning and Development at Seattle-based BECU and NWCUA’s 2021 Young Credit Union Leader of the Year.

“Joining i3 has offered me the opportunity to connect and collaborate with diverse, forward-thinking credit union thought leaders and change-makers,” said Overturf. “I’m sincerely humbled and in awe of the potential and the possibility we are going to amass together. I’m most excited to leverage innovation to continue ‘future-proofing’ credit unions. It’s not only about solving today’s problems but preparing for tomorrow and onward!”

Each year, selectees are chosen through a highly competitive application process consisting of four stages. Here’s how to apply:

  1. Online Application: Interested candidates must complete the online application by Nov. 30. The application includes responses to questions, a letter of recommendation from the candidate’s CEO or Manager, and a short video introducing themself and insights on how their history and professional experience will contribute to the i3 experience.
  2. Applicant Interviews: Final candidates are then invited to virtual face-to-face interviews with the review team during the weeks of Dec. 1 – 15.
  3. Candidate Selection: The core selection team will select the top candidates for participation in the i3 program.
  4. Announcement: The new class of i3 will officially be announced to the marketplace on Jan. 10, 2022.

Learn more about the program by visiting Filene online.

Posted in Professional Development, Public Awareness.