Panel screenshot Screenshot of PSCU's virtual panel with three credit union CEOs led by PSCU EVP and CFO Brian Caldarelli.

One experimental aspect of adjusting to our new, physically-distanced way of life in the credit union industry has been participating in virtual conferences. I recently listened in on two that were adapted from cancelled in-person events to a virtual format: PSCU's Virtual Member Forum and NAFCU's State of the Industry. Organizers have done an excellent job of pivoting quickly to bring as much value as possible to attendees under new limitations, and they should be commended for their efforts. Of course, "attending" a conference virtually comes with pros and cons.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.