This has been a strange year to be a part of the workforce. Those who are fortunate enough to still be employed have either been thrown into the weird and isolating world of remote work, or returned onsite to the workplace under a new set of rules like mask-wearing, social distancing and sanitation protocols. Even those of us who have always worked from home (like the CU Times staff) have faced challenges, like the cancellation of in-person meetings and events – which we previously considered key elements of professional relationship building.

With so many disruptions throwing off the work routines we envisioned for ourselves this year, it’s easy to toss aside some of the goals we would have worked toward had 2020 not been so, uh, 2020 – like advancing in our careers.

From a business and productivity perspective, credit unions have done well amid the current crisis, thriving in areas like mortgage lending and stepping up to help struggling families and businesses. But a gap that is persisting in the lives of credit union industry professionals is the time spent networking with others in a way that is familiar and traditionally leads to new contacts and opportunities – those impromptu conversations that happen in office break rooms, in conference center hallways and at after-work happy hours.

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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.

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