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Visa Sponsors Filene’s New Research Center Focused on CU Talent
Monday, February 27, 2017 6:35 AM

Research Will Help Inform and Build the Next Generation of Credit Union Leaders

The Filene Research Institute announced that Visa is contributing $1 million to fund Filene’s Center of Excellence for the War for Talent. The goal of the partnership is to fuel critical research surrounding the issue of attracting and retaining talent in the credit union industry.

Led by Filene Fellow Dr. Sekou Bermiss, the research center will focus on attracting, developing, and promoting top performers within credit unions, from the front line to the board table.

“Recruiting and retaining top talent in credit unions is key to keeping our movement strong and our mission long-lived,” said Andrew Downin, managing director, Research at Filene. “We’re especially thrilled to have the generous support of Visa to make this research a reality. Their participation will help bring to life insights that allow credit unions to better compete in the talent marketplace.”

“This important research will generate the insights and data needed to help the industry recruit and attract the best and brightest talent,” said Oliver Jenkyn, group executive of North America, Visa Inc. “We hope the research will cultivate fresh thinking and innovation that will empower the entire industry for decades to come.”

One of the first challenges the center will target is investigating recruitment tactics that can best attract talented candidates who share the credit union social mission.

“While the tagline ‘our people are our best asset’ is espoused by many organizational leaders, the implementation of this simple principle is remarkably complex,” explained Bermiss. “The War for Talent research center provides a powerful platform to share insights to help improve both the quantity and quality of job applicants.”

Bermiss is assistant professor of management at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin. His research focuses on how human capital capabilities provide competitive advantage, which lies at the center of the credit union talent challenge. His award-winning research has been published in several highly acclaimed publications. Bermiss received his Ph.D from Northwestern University and has been on the University of Texas, Austin, faculty since 2009.

The War for Talent research center will host its first colloquium on Sept. 14, 2017, in Austin, Texas. Filene members and other industry leaders are invited to attend this day-long event where Bermiss and other distinguished presenters will lead a series of discussions on research and strategies aimed at bolstering the quality of both paid and volunteer credit union talent. Early bird registration information can be found at

The War for Talent research center marks the final of the five Centers of Excellence launched by Filene, just one year after announcing the new strategy.

Led by academic thinkers from across North America, Filene’s Centers of Excellence produce unique research and engagement opportunities for Filene members and the credit union system. Designed to address the changing needs of credit unions and their members, the research centers explore critical and emerging topics regarding the future of consumer financial trends to encourage credit unions to think differently and do amazing things to change people’s lives.

About Filene: Filene Research Institute is U.S.-based independent, consumer finance think and do tank dedicated to scientific and thoughtful analysis about issues affecting the future of credit unions, retail banking and cooperative finance. Founded more than 25 years ago, Filene is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Nearly 1,000 members make the nonprofit’s research, innovation and impact programs possible. For more information, visit and @fileneresearch.