NYIB Conference Coming Up

The 2016 National Youth Involvement Board Conference will offer strategies for credit unions looking to revamp youth accounts and youth & family marketing programs.

Small Business Administration Calls for Ideas to Reach Underserved Entrepreneurs

The regional SBA team is asking credit unions to share their knowledge of the needs of underserved entrepreneurs.

CO-OP Taps Into Power of the Crowd for 2015 THINK Prize

Challenge to “use the power of community to financially empower, educate and protect those who need it most” is open to all, with $10,000 prize.

Filene Reveals Eight New Ideas for Credit Unions

Consumer finance think tank Filene released eight new concepts and called for credit unions to help them further test the programs in the marketplace.

Futurist to Recruit Credit Union “Change Agents” at Amplify

An expert in future studies plans to “infect as many change agents as possible” from the stage at Amplify Convention this fall. Andy Hines, a futurist and executive-in-residence at the University of Houston, is among keynote speakers headlining the NWCUA’s annual convention in Spokane.

Enhance Members’ Financial Lives? Innovations at ‘FinovateSpring’ Can Point the Way

More than 70 companies will get seven minutes each to pitch the latest innovations in financial and banking technology at the FinovateSpring 2014 conference in April, and there’s still time for credit unions that want to hear those ideas to take advantage of a Northwest Credit Union Association registration discount.

Filene’s i3: Here’s Your Chance to ‘Turn Consumer Finance Upside Down’

Filene Research Institute will soon begin recruiting the next class of innovators for its i3 program. It’s a unique chance for the next generation of credit union leaders to “change the world of consumer finance.”

‘Finovate’ Brings Financial Innovations to West Coast; NWCUA Offers 25% Registration Discount

More than 70 companies will get seven minutes each to pitch the latest innovations in financial and banking technology at the FinovateSpring 2014 conference in April, and the Northwest Credit Union Association is offering special registration discounts now for member credit unions that would like to hear those ideas.

Successful Strategic Compass Includes Input from All Directions

For an organization to be successful in the future, decisions made on a historical or emotional basis must give way to an inclusive process that combines the perspectives and best ideas of as many stakeholders as possible.

Filene to Explain Innovative Incubator Project During Monday Webinar

Filene Research Institute has scheduled a webinar for Monday, Sept. 16, to explain its new Accessible Financial Services Incubator project. Northwest credit unions are being asked to submit creative ideas, help test the resulting innovations, and serve on an advisory panel.

Vance, Wooden Join Esteemed Colleagues in Filene’s i3 Program

Two credit union thought leaders with Northwest ties are among the 15 executives selected for membership in the Filene Research Institute’s i3 program. Matt Vance of Salal and Brett Wooden, formerly of Unitus and now with a Texas credit union, will make a two year commitment to help develop new ideas and innovations for credit unions.

TwinStar’s Spuck Among 18 New Innovators to Join Filene’s i3

Mary Beth Spuck, vice president of organizational development for TwinStar Credit Union, was selected as one of 18 credit union professionals from around the country to join Filene’s prestigious i3 program.

NCUA’s Gill to Address Volunteers’ Conference Attendees, Ask for Feedback

The NCUA’s Buddy Gill will be on hand at the upcoming Volunteers’ Conference to discuss the NCUA’s role in credit union regulation. “We’re wide open,” he said. “This is the time to make suggestions.”

Introducing the Diebold Idea Community

Diebold, a new Strategic Link business partner, is introducing an exclusive, interactive online forum that incorporates credit union feedback into its product development efforts.

New Site Offers Convenient Resources for Credit Unions Raising Funds for Credit Unions for Kids

The model Northwest credit unions established to raise millions for Credit Unions for Kids is showcased on an NWCUA-hosted website. The site offers fundraising ideas, best practices for involvement, easy contribution connections and other features.

CFPB Wants to Hear From You

Our newest government agency is starting up with a…well, a tweet actually. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has already become a presence in social media and is offering Americans the opportunity to share suggestions, ideas, and comments — become a friend on Facebook or post a video on YouTube.