Moderator, Additional Speakers for THINK 19 Are Announced

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California –CO-OP Financial Services has announced Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC’s TODAY show, will be returning as host of the company’s THINK 19 meeting in Miami Beach, along with five additional keynote speakers who will share their unique perspectives about business transformation under the conference theme “Opportunity Never Rests.” 

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Jean Chatzky at THINK 18.

“The rapid evolution of technology is opening new doors for credit unions at an unprecedented rate, and the potential for credit unions has never been more promising to better serve members and grow their businesses,” said Samantha Paxson, chief experience officer for CO-OP. “The new additions to our keynote speakers will help us unlock the secrets to that potential, ranging from personal finance, technology and member experience to habit formation, organizational change and digital transformation.”

New Speakers

The meeting, which kicks off on May 6 at the Loew’s Hotel in Miami Beach, will also feature as speakers:

  • Jeanne Bliss, founder/president of CustomerBliss, and a leading business coach on customer experience. Bliss is also a returning THINK speaker, having spoken at the 2011 gathering. Her common-sense approach is summarized in the title of her 2018 book, “Would You Do That to Your Mother?: The ‘Make Mom Proud’ Standard for How to Treat Your Customers.” It will be the theme of her THINK 19 presentation. 
  • Charles Duhigg, author of “Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity” (2017) and “The Power of Habit” (2014). Duhigg was a New York Times reporter for 10 years and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013. At THINK 19, Duhigg will focus on how credit unions can predict and control habits, and ultimately know what customers want before they themselves do.
  • Taavi Kotka, who helped architect the digital transformation of an entire country as Chief Information Officer of Estonia. The country’s e-residency program, launched in December 2014, allows non-citizens access to Estonian services, such as company formation, banking, payment processing and tax information. Kotka will discuss how “Strategic Agility” transformed a country – and can transform a credit union.
  • Jeffry Pilcher, president/CEO of The Financial Brand, an online publication founded in August 2007, covering the retail banking industry. The site claims 1.75 million readers in more than 200 countries. Pilcher will devote his talk to identifying the leading trends impacting financial services.
  • Stephanie Woerner, a Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research. She studies how companies manage organizational change caused by the digitization of the economy. Her research centers on enterprise digitization and the associated governance and strategy implications. Woerner will devote her THINK 19 talk to helping credit unions identify their own digital business model.

Other Speakers

CO-OP said the six new speakers complement THINK 19’s previously announced line-up, including Seth Godin, best-selling author, entrepreneur and thought leader; Chef Jose Andres, who also authored “We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time”; brand guru Omar Johnson, and Amy Purdy, Paralympic snowboarding champion and best-selling author. 

Through March 8, CO-OP said credit unions can take advantage of winter registration pricing, with registration available at $1,799, $200 off the full registration fee of $1,999.

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