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For Immediate Release
September 5, 2018
Jeff Sigmund
(202) 663-5439
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FDIC Chair to Address Bank CEOs at ABA’s Annual Convention


WASHINGTON — Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Jelena McWilliams headlines the list of keynote speakers that will address bank CEOs at the American Bankers Association’s Annual Convention, Oct. 21-23 in New York. This year’s event, held at the New York Hilton Midtown, will feature presentations on key issues affecting banks of all sizes including the latest regulatory reform changes, Fintech innovations and the coming midterm election.
McWilliams will join ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols on stage to discuss a range of issues including her regulatory priorities as chair, the current health of the nation’s banks and the challenges facing de novo banks. In addition to McWilliams, bankers will hear from Cathy Bessant, chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America, who will discuss the responsible use of artificial intelligence in the banking sector, and Robin Chase, founder and former CEO of Zipcar, who will examine how banks can thrive in a sharing economy. Other featured speakers include Carla Harris, vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, who will lead a conversation on inclusive leadership; Mike Allen, co-founder and executive director of Axios who will discuss the latest news from Washington; and Seth Meyers, host of NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.
“This year’s convention in New York will help bank leaders navigate the changing regulatory and legislative landscape and anticipate what’s next,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “Attendees will learn about innovative strategies for leading their banks into the future. They will also get to compare notes with their peers in a city critical to the financial services industry and the nation’s economy.” 
During the convention, bankers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sessions examining trends in banking. Featured topics include:
  • Opportunities for Collaborating with Fintechs;
  • Overview and Implementation of S. 2155;
  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts of 2017: What Community Banks and Mutuals Need to Know;
  • Attracting Mobile-First Customers;
  • Changing Views on Board of Directors and Governance; and
  • Why CEOs and Directors Must Understand the Rising Rate Environment.
 In addition, there will be a panel discussion on ways America’s banks can expand their support for military families and veterans, and the ABA Foundation will showcase successful bank partnerships with community groups in New York City. The discussion will include Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning artist Cyndi Lauper, the co-founder of the True Colors Fund, as well as local bank and community leaders working together to make a difference in the nation’s largest city.
The ABA Annual Convention is the industry's premier event for CEOs, presidents and other senior executives from financial services firms of all sizes across the nation. In addition to learning about strategies, tactics and new products that will contribute to the success of their institutions, members attending this convention will elect new ABA officers and directors to serve on ABA’s board for the 2018–2019 association year.
For more information or to register, call 1-800-BANKERS or visit
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $17 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $13 trillion in deposits and extend nearly $10 trillion in loans.
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