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.

Pros: No traveling, which means no 6 a.m. flights, no overpriced room service, and no dragging my laptop around a convention center while searching for a power outlet to get some work done. And lots of hours back in my schedule, which means I’m always on top of emails and assignments.

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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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