Crash Course 2023!

We're thrilled to offer a third opportunity for your emerging talent to virtually experience the latest insights from Filene's Centers of Excellence. Recognize and reward your rising talent by giving them access to a network of other passionate and dedicated credit union team members and a unique development opportunity.


Crash Course is a 10-month immersive experience. Crashers will learn about Filene's cutting-edge research, glean insights from Filene's Inner Circle, Innovation, and i3 communities, and connect with other emerging leaders across North America.


The program will lay a foundation for Crashers to explore the credit union industry holistically. We will work through the strategic initiatives that are critical to the survival of credit unions as we learn to thrive in a world experiencing a global pandemic.



How to get started


  • Be sure to download and review the Recruitment Kit to help narrow down an emerging leader at your organization.
  • The enrollment process is a benefit of your Filene membership*
  • We have 2 seats saved for you

*not a member? Make a quick stop at for more information.

EMERGING LEADERS (aka Future Crashers)

In order to be considered for this program you must be enrolled by a leader at your credit union. To share your interest with us and to get resources to share with your credit union, please complete the first part of the interest form here.

What's required?

Please make sure the Crasher(s) selected has support to participate in the full program. 

Be sure to submit your selections by December 31!

Have you decided which emerging leader(s) will be taking place in Crash Course? Perhaps you need more time to select your talent? Or, you don't think your organization will be using your benefits in 2022? Let us know either way by clicking "Claim your Seats!" 

Questions before submitting? Email us at

What are Crashers saying?

"Participating in Crash the Centers of Excellence {Crash Course: Filene} has been the highlight of my year. Learning is the foundation of who I am and I’ve learned so much from you, fellow crashers, and from the events I’ve attended."

-Meg Miller, North Country FCU


"Filene has definitely ignited a stronger fire in my passion that I never had before. I am so grateful to my organization for allowing me to pursue that with this grant writing opportunity. There is also another project that I am now apart of that is nurturing my passion for serving the underserved."

-Erika Carmichael, Zeal Credit Union




What to expect in 2023

Crash Course got a serious upgrade. 

We're brining in new leaders and new courses. Our goal is to connect Crashers with thought leadership and tangible takeaways to support career growth. Here's what we're offering in 2023:

Orientation & Filene 101

Facilitators: Cortney Arnold & Joel Hartzler

BoardReady – Board & Staff: Roles and Responsibilities

Facilitator: Janice Robinson, President & CEO, BoardReady, LLC

Strategic Thinking

Facilitator: Taylor Murray, President & CEO, ServiStar Consulting

Data Analytics Levers & Outcomes

Facilitator: Dr. Cheri Speier-Pero, Filene Fellow, Michigan State University

Mindful Communication in Diverse Settings

Facilitator: Leticia Vaca, MSW, LCSW, CEO & Therapist, Urban Health Group Inc.


Facilitator: Taylor Murray, CEO, ServiStar Consulting

Community Partnerships and Collaboration

Facilitator: Dr. Mai Nguyen, Filene Fellow, University California San Diego | Design Lab

Harnessing your Voice for Impact

Facilitator: Leticia Vaca, MSW, LCSW, CEO & Therapist, Urban Health Group Inc.