Crash Course 2024!

Credit union leaders are tasked with continually balancing growth while ensuring mission and members are top of mind. This requires credit unions to continuously navigate increasingly complex challenges, amplified by the rate of technological advances, a widening wealth gap, and unprecedented economic uncertainty. To succeed credit unions must connect with and develop emerging leaders and guide them to build their strategic mindset, enhance their unique skills, and learn new competencies to adapt and thrive in a tumultuous world. 

Filene's virtual Crash Course is a once-a-quarter experience where 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. Participants will collaborate with other like-minded leaders to gain a holistic perspective on credit unions and how our industry can continue to serve members into the 21st century and beyond. 

Learn what's required, what to expect in the 2024 Crash Course, and how you can get started!



Important details


  • Share this page with your emerging leaders so they can register.
  • 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 your organization must be a member for Filene Research Institute. Please contact us to discuss options for participating if your credit union is NOT a member.

Not a member but want to participate? Email

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 January 31!

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


"Crash course helped me realize how awesome the Credit Union industry really is! As an emerging leader within my organization, crash course gave me the opportunity to learn concepts that I can apply in my work now and in the future. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to engage with such awesome people, have access to Filene content (and more), and learn with leaders!"

-Ivy Avila, Mocse Credit Union

Crash Course continues to evolve 

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.

2024 Schedule

Orientation & Filene 101

February 15, 2024 at 2:00 PM Central Time

Facilitators: Cortney Arnold 

Thinking like the C-Suite

March 14, 2024 at 2:00 PM Central Time

Facilitator:  Caroline Vahrenkamp


April 11 at 11:00 AM CT


April 25 at 2:00 PM CT

Creativity in Speaking

May 23, 2024 at 2:00 PM Central Time

Facilitator: Cortney Arnold

Innovation Mindset

June 13, 2024 at 2:00 PM Central Time

Facilitator: Special Guest


July 11 at 11:00 AM CT


July 25 at 2:00 PM CT

Mindful Communication in Diverse Settings

August 22, 2024 at 2:00 PM Central Time

Facilitator: Leticia Vaca, MSW, LCSW, CEO


September 12 at 11:00 AM CT


September 26 at 2:00 PM CT

Farewell + Recap

October 17, 2024 at 2:00 PM Central Time