If you’re headed to CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference at the end of the month, you’re probably looking forward to catching up with old credit union friends, learning about the industry’s latest innovations and convincing your state’s lawmakers to put credit unions’ interests first (for tips on that, check out CU Times Washington reporter David Baumann’s debut column, The CU Capital Insider, on page 6). It’s a major opportunity to network, absorb information and make connections that prove to be critical to your career.

But big business trips like this one don’t always come without snags. At a past GAC, you might have brought the wrong clothes and found yourself skipping an afternoon breakout session to rush over to H&M for a cocktail dress. Or if you flew in from out west, you stayed out a little too late the first night in D.C. and arrived at your 8 a.m. meeting the next morning completely bleary-eyed and feeling nothing like your best self. Maybe you arrived back home, excited to email that new contact about a collaboration opportunity, only to find his business card missing.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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