Screenshot from Discovery2020's Industry Leader Panel Discussion. Screenshot from Discovery2020's Industry Leader Panel Discussion.

In March 2020, many credit union event organizers began a frenzied rush to move their in-person conferences online, but not Eric Mayer. He's in charge of coordinating CUNA Mutual Group's Discovery, a conference that the Madison, Wis.-based organization took virtual 12 years ago to expand its reach. Discovery2021 will be held on Aug. 12 and feature session topics driven by feedback from past attendees, including the economy; financial health; diversity, equity and inclusion; and innovation. Mayer recently shared his lessons learned through hosting the annual virtual event before and during the pandemic, as well as thoughts on what credit union events might look like in the near future, with CU Times.

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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.