Monday, March 26, 2018
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – “The Race to Excellence” kicks off May 7 as host Jean Chatzky of NBC’s Today Show joins swimming champion Michael Phelps and a diverse, insightful line-up of speakers at CO-OP’s THINK 18. The conference will provide a deep dive for credit union leaders into strategies and methodologies to leverage digitization, artificial intelligence, platform thinking and new transformative leadership behaviors to evolve credit unions, wow members and grow market share.
“Consumer expectations driven by technology are evolving faster than ever,” said Samantha Paxson, Chief Marketing and Experience Officer for CO-OP, and founder of the company’s THINK brand. “It’s a race to excellence, in which members demand seamless, secure experiences at every touch point with their credit unions. We have assembled 12 true icons of excellence from a broad cross-section of fields to help credit unions not only keep pace, but win.”
This year CO-OP Financial Services is introducing “Power Sprints,” THINK 18 break-out meetings designed to provide targeted, in-depth discussions on key topics and issues that are top-of-mind for credit union executives today. In addition, partnering with Filene Research Institute , CO-OP is launching its inaugural THINK Crashers program to bring up-and-coming credit union leaders to the annual conference.
Featured Speakers at THINK 18
Agenda Designed to Address Key Industry issues
Representing a conference within a conference, the THINK 18 are the Power Sprints include:
Crashing THINK 18
For the first time, CO-OP and Filene Research Institute are bringing The Cooperative Trust’s crasher program for young movement professionals to the THINK conference. Applications are now available for credit union staffers ages 35 and at www.co-opthink.org/crashers. THINK Crashers will have full access to conference content, as well as the opportunity to interact with keynote speakers and be mentored by members of CO-OP’s client Co-Creation Councils. CO-OP and Filene will additionally host special experiences and breakout sessions as part of THINK Crashers.
CO-OP is also a co-sponsor of Filene’s Center for Emerging Technology, dedicated to connecting credit unions to trends and research surrounding key emerging technology in financial services. The Center will be hosting its next Research Colloquium on the campus of the University of California, Irvine, on April 12.
Now in its tenth year, THINK is a year-round platform for credit union collaboration, innovation and evolution. Visit http://co-opthink.org to access the wide variety of learning opportunities available, including THINK Review magazine, CO-OP THINK Prize, THINK blog, videos from past THINK conferences and more information on the THINK 18 conference. Credit union employees can also register immediately for $1,599 at the Events page on the THINK website.
About CO-OP Financial Services
CO-OP Financial Services is a payments and financial technology company whose mission is ensuring the success of the credit union movement. CO-OP payments solutions, engagement services and strategic counsel help credit unions optimize member experiences to consistently provide seamless, personalized multi-channel offerings, while delivering secure, sophisticated fraud mitigation service. For more information, visit www.co-opfs.org.
Bill Prichard, APR
CO-OP Financial Services
(800) 782-9042, ext. 3450
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