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  • THINK 18: Where digital speed meets strategic excellence

    first_imgWhere are you in the Race to Excellence? THINK 18 – the industry’s most talked-about convergence of fintech thinkers, industry innovators and credit union leaders – kicks off May 7 to 10 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in the beautiful Sonoran Desert at Chandler, Arizona. NBC Today Show finance editor Jean Chatzky hosts an all-keynote lineup that includes (so far) record-breaking competitor Michael Phelps, Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson, Banking on the Edge fintech commentator Chris Skinner (called “one of the most brilliant minds in banking” by The Financial Brand), and business strategist Chip Heath, bestselling coauthor of “The Power of Moments.” Competing in the digitally-driven, fast-paced world of financial services today is truly a race to excellence. Consumer expectations driven by technology are evolving faster than ever. Yet, the stakes have never been higher to invest wisely in technology, gear up for a data-driven future, combat fraud and protect your data, and infuse human intelligence into your member experience. These choices are not either/or in today’s environment: Excellence is mandatory at every level and must be executed with continuous speed.THINK 18 delivers the strategy and tactics credit union change agents need to compete and win. In addition to breakthrough insights from world-changing minds on what it takes to prevail in today’s digital times, THINK 18 will feature dozens of illuminating sessions that speak directly to the opportunities that are emerging in the credit union space. Dive in and discover:The 7 most important strategies to transform your credit union nowThe “new normal” in member expectations and how you can respondHow to utilize AI and machine learning to fight fraud and grow your bottom lineWhat’s behind the ecosystem economy and why it’s critical to take part.SPACE TO RECHARGE AND UNWINDThe THINK 18 journey will unfold in an atmosphere of unparalleled natural beauty at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona. Hand-picked for THINK 18, this venue offers a perfect counterpoint to the intense strategic thinking and discussions that take place in session. Designed to reflect the region’s deep Native American heritage, the Sheraton Grand’s sophisticated amenities include Arizona’s only AAA Five Diamond/Forbes Five Star restaurant and Native American Spa, two Troon-managed 18-hole golf courses, refreshing pools, tennis, an equestrian center and more.The Sheraton Grand also provides an inspiring backdrop for networking with some of the industry’s most forward-thinking, digitally-savvy leaders. THINK is widely recognized as the gathering place for credit union executives and intrapreneurs, and professionals in payments, security, customer experience and operations. Claim your spot in the Race to Excellence. Register today to secure your place and receive best pricing.LEARN MORE about THINK 18. 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Kobe Bryant struggles, but he’s not alone in Lakers’ loss

    first_imgBryant also displayed bravado afterward, dismissing any concerns he could complete the 2015-16 season nursing his current workload.“What’s long-term?” Bryant asked before joking with a reporter. “Equinox pick-up games, dude. I’ll post your (butt) up there. It doesn’t matter.”Of course, Bryant’s scoring struggles did not dissuade the continuous fan support surrounding his final NBA season. The Atlanta Zoo named its black mamba after Bryant, a twist on how the Lakers’ star went by the black mamba nickname because the snake’s predator-like qualities symbolized his on-court aggressiveness. Though he called the gesture “pretty darn cool,” Bryant has his limitations. He has reiterated he does not want the Lakers or any opposing teams to shower him with lavish gifts, as the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter and the Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once enjoyed.“What’s been going on with the video tributes and the response from the fans and players as well, to me that’s the most special,” Bryant said. “That’s more special than any gift.”Of course, a win would mark the best gift. Instead, the Lakers (3-16) failed to start a winning streak against Atlanta (13-9), which featured double-digit efforts from Al Horford (16 points), Paul Millsap (15), Kent Bazemore (15), Lamar Patterson (14) and Jeff Teague (13). “There’s a lot of self doubt, self criticism and a lot of moments where we feel discouraged,” Bryant said. “Keep your head down and continue to work.” Bryant was not alone. D’Angelo Russell struggled with both his shooting accuracy (6 of 16) and ball handling (seven turnovers), two areas that overshadowed his first career double-double with 16 points and four assists. Julius Randle had eight points on 3-of-12 shooting and five rebounds, well short of the double-double efforts Lakers coach Byron Scott expects him to average. Scott conceded the team “ran out of gas” in trimming a 19-point deficit toward trailing only 85-81 with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter. Yet, second-year guard Jordan Clarkson did not close the game after posting 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Lou Williams stayed in the game because of his 18 points on a 6-of-13 clip off the bench. So did Bryant, whom Scott said will likely keep his same minutes despite nursing fatigue. “It’s hard,” Scott said. “He’ll hit a few shots right at the time I want to take him out.”That did not happen often against Atlanta. Bryant missed his first five attempts. He struggled with both mid-range jumpers (0 of 8) and 3-point shots (2-of-10). Bryant only showed some rhythm when he made consecutive 3-pointers midway through the third quarter, a sequence that prompted the Lakers’ 37-year-old star to throw out three fingers with each hand. ATLANTA >> The time gave Kobe Bryant a chance both to recharge and to strategize. But then an announcement blared over the loudspeaker as the Atlanta Hawks soon played a minute-long video on their scoreboard on Friday at Philips Arena.The video showcased highlights of Bryant’s 20-year NBA career. In Bryant’s tribute video, former Hawks player Dominique Wilkens then said, “I’ll see you in the Hall.” Bryant then tapped his heart and waved to the sell-out crowd of 19,051 fans, most of whom wore his Lakers’ No. 24 jersey. But nowhere did Bryant actually show many in-game highlights. The Lakers’ 100-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks featured the return of Bryant shooting inefficiently before conceding tired legs.“Not very good,” said Bryant, who scored 14 points on only 4-of-19 shooting in 35 minutes. “They’ve been better.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more