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Mary Gilly, professor at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, discusses how CUs can help members overcome debt.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Attendees and organizers of the Filene Research Institute’s big.bright.minds.2018 faced extreme weather this week in San Diego, which led to several plan changes for the conference. On Thursday night, heavy rain and thunderstorms flooded streets and knocked out power in parts of the city, leading Filene to cancel its evening social event. Then, on Friday, the conference was cut short by an hour and a half due to another power outage in downtown San Diego.

Here are some key takeaways from speakers who did have the opportunity to give their presentations as planned Friday morning.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta FCU) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 16 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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