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The thin crowd at Mission Brewery in San Diego, where Filene intended to host Merrymaking.

Hope for the best, plan for the … you know how the saying goes. Planning for a disaster – a big data breach, a major storm or fire, a robbery or embezzlement case – is a topic that’s often on credit union executives’ minds and reported by us here at CU Times. But I’ve been thinking lately that it might be time to take those plans more seriously.

Last month I traveled to San Diego, Calif., for the Filene Research Institute’s annual big.bright.minds. conference. The year prior, I attended the same conference in Austin, Texas, where surprisingly, snow fell the night of Filene’s “Merrymaking” social event. The outdoor section of the venue was shut down as a result, but the party still went on as planned indoors.

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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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