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ABA Annual Convention

October 27-29, 2019 • Washington State Convention Center • Seattle, WA

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2019 Program Schedule

This program is subject to change. Please bookmark this page to check for continuing updates.

Sunday, October 27  |  Monday, October 28  |  Tuesday, October 29 


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
8:00 am – 6:30 pm CONVENTION REGISTRATION
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
ALLOY LABS INNOVATION WORKSHOP

This hands-on workshop is part of ABA's strategic partnership with Alloy Labs Alliance, a technology platform that helps banks identify, develop and implement new fintech products. During this session you'll learn how to move from strategy to execution on your most important priorities.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ​INNOVATION SHOWCASE

Grab a cocktail and listen in as industry providers highlight the benefits of their solutions.
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm OPENING RECEPTION: A NIGHT IN EMERALD CITY

See and taste Seattle through its famous nickname the Emerald City. Enjoy local food, beer and wine as we kickoff the opening of the 2019 convention.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
7:00 am – 6:00 pm CONVENTION REGISTRATION
​7:00 am – 7:50 am POWER HOUR BREAKFAST SESSIONS
8:00 am – 9:30 am OPENING GENERAL SESSION

Be Bold
As one of the most successful soccer coaches in history, Jill Ellis has plenty of experience in molding rosters of talented individuals into successful teams. Your team may not be playing for the World Cup, but Ellis' message is universal - be bold.
  • Jill Ellis, Head Coach, United States Women's National Soccer Team
9:30 am – 10:30 am NETWORKING BREAK IN THE EXPO
10:30 am - 11:15 am KNOWLEDGE SESSIONS
10:30 am – 12:15 pm
​WOMEN AND EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM

Join your peers and an industry leadership expert to explore strategies for leading with purpose. Discuss ways to continue growing your career, drive change in a dynamic industry and strengthen your professional network with this interactive, inspiring gathering of banking's rising stars.
10:30 am – 12:15 pm COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TOUR
10:30 am - 11:15 am
KNOWLEDGE SESSIONS

Using Unconventional Wisdom to Grow Core Deposits
Learn how applying an omni-channel approach to marketing, using big data and digital solutions to align people, products and policies — helping you double new customer acquisition and improve ROA and ROE 30% over time.
  • Sean Payant, Chief Consulting Officer, Haberfeld
  • Jenny Hosfeld, Chief Banking Officer, Think Mutual Bank

The Anatomy of a Bank Acquisition Transaction
The current environment present many banks the opportunity to evaluate some type of merger or acquisition transaction. Find out how community bank officers and directors can prepare for a potential merger or acquisition through a step-by-step overview of the process. 
  • Greyson E. Tuck, Attorney and Consultant, Gerrish Smith Tuck

Enabling the AI-Driven Bank with Automated Machine Learning
Automated machine learning helps banks of all sizes use artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce costs, increase revenue and drive bottom-line growth through the use of predictive models. Whether it's automating manual processes, optimizing decisions or avoiding bad risks, the potential is enormous.
  • H.P. Bunaes, General Manager, Banking Industry, DataRobot

Policy, Advocacy and Regulatory Update
More information coming soon.
  • Naomi Camper, Chief Policy Officer, American Bankers Association
  • Wayne Abernathy, Executive Vice President, Financial Institutions Policy and Regulatory Affairs, American Bankers Association
  • James Ballentine, Executive Vice President, Congressional Relations, American Bankers Association
  • Ginny O'Neill, Executive Vice President, Regulatory Compliance and Policy, American Bankers Association
  • Jess Sharp, Executive Vice President, Advocacy and Innovation, American Bankers Association
11:30 am - 12:15 pm ​KNOWLEDGE SESSIONS

The Farm Bill, Hemp Legalization and Banking
Can I bank hemp? Join us to discuss the evolving legal and regulatory landscape for individual hemp and what banks should expect when serving this industry.
  • Geoff Whaling, Chairman, National Hemp Association
  • Moderator: Rob Rowe, Vice President and Counsel, Consumer and Regulatory Compliance, American Bankers Association

Leading in a Diverse Organization
Data shows that organizations perform better when guided by diverse points of view. Vigeo Alliance will present a compelling case for how banks can approach diversity and inclusion to make meaningful changes in their culture and create more powerful and successful organizations.
  • Cassi Chandler, CEO and Managing Partner, Vigeo Alliance
  • Ed Dwyer, President and Managing Partner, Vigeo Alliance

Cyber Security
More information coming soon.
  • Speaker TBD

Is Your Holding Company Worth It?
In 2017, two large banking organizations shed their holding companies. Since then, several smaller banks and savings and loans announced similar consolidation plans. The decision to retain a holding company requires careful consideration of a bank's unique needs. Hear whether the holding company model is appropriate for you institution.
  • Matthew Dyckman, Counsel, Goodwin
  • Samantha Kirby, Partner, Goodwin
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm LUNCH IN THE EXPO
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm GUEST PROGRAM
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm GENERAL SESSION

Navigating the Future with Your Most Important Resource: People
Human capital is critical to your bottom line. Do you have a succession plan for your institution? Learn to tap into the value of your talent today to secure your bank's viability into tomorrow with key insights on maximizing resources and looking ahead within a changing industry. This three-part session features speakers on ethics, diversity, equity and inclusion, and talent management.
  • Part One: Diversity and Inclusion
    • Speaker TBD
  • Part Two: The Talent Management Revolution
    • Peter Cappelli, Professor and Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School
  • Part Three: High-Character Leadership
    • Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm NETWORKING BREAK IN THE EXPO
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm GENERAL SESSION

Chairman's Address
More information coming soon.
  • Jeff Szyperski, Chairman, American Bankers Association; President and CEO, Chesapeake Bank
State of the Industry
More information coming soon.
  • Thomas J. Fraser, President and CEO, First Mutual Holding Co.
  • Luanne Cundiff, President and CEO, First State Bank of St. Charles
  • Michael L. Scudder, Chairman and CEO, Fist Midwest Bancorp, Inc.
  • Moderator: Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association

The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency
Pulitzer Prize winner and presidential biographer Jon Meacham is known for his depth of knowledge in politics, religion and current affairs. His biography of former President George H.W. Bush was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, New York Times Book Review and Time magazine. Meacham previously served as managing editor of Newsweek, where he was recognized by The New York Times as one of the most influential editors in the business.
  • Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Presidential Historian
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm RECEPTION IN THE EXPO: SEATTLE FRIGHT NIGHT

Grab your Halloween mask, or dress up, for a "spooktacular" time featuring ghoulish delights and beverages.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
7:00 am – 1:30 pm CONVENTION REGISTRATION
​​7:00 am – 7:50 am ​​POWER HOUR BREAKFAST SESSIONS
8:00 am – 9:30 am GENERAL SESSION

Annual Business Meeting and Community Commitment Awards
More information coming soon.
  • Speaker(s) TBD
Educating the Future Leaders of the Industry: City University of Seattle
More information coming soon.
  • Speaker(s) TBD
America's Banks and the Military
More information coming soon. 
  • Speaker(s) TBD
The Evolution of CRA and Community Engagement
For the first time in many years, proposed changes are expected to the Community Reinvestment Act, and the recent creation of Opportunity Zones offers prospects for new development partnerships. Additionally, changes in community needs and expectations in both urban and rural areas will likely reshape how banks serve their communities and meet their regulatory requirements in the coming years. 
  • Moderator: Naomi Camper, Chief Policy Officer, American Bankers Association

9:30 am – 10:30 am NETWORKING BREAK IN THE EXPO
10:30 am – 11:15 am
KNOWLEDGE SESSIONS

The Digital Transformation of Banking
More information coming soon.
  • Corey LeBlanc, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Origin Bank
  • Greg Palmer, Vice President, Finovate
  • Moderator: Lisa Gold Schier, Managing Senior Vice President, ABA Endorsed Solutions

Not Just Another Tax Reform Update
This session will look beyond the standard tax reform discussion to explore tax planning opportunities community banks and their boards need to know.
  • Lance Davis, CPA, Partner, BKD
  • Jennifer Sanders, CPA, BKD

Strategic Benefits of Capital Planning & Credit Stress Testing
Capital Planning is no longer an exercise reserved for troubled institutions or growth-oriented companies. It has evolved into a dynamic planning tool to evaluate the impact of interest rate, liquidity, credit, and operational risk. Learn how banks can leverage capital planning and stress-testing for strategic and competitive advantage. 
  • Mike Gulielmo, Managing Partner, Darling Consulting Group

A Business Case for Faster Payments
P2P? B2B? B2C? Join the discussion to learn where your bank should target its resources most effectively when implementing faster payments. What makes sense for your bank? 
  • Matthew Friend, Vice President, Global Faster Payments Strategy and Commercialization, VISA
  • Christopher E. Richards, Senior Vice President, Chief Banking Services Officer, The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
  • Moderator: Stephen Kenneally, Senior Vice President, Payments, American Bankers Association
11:30 am - 12:15 pm KNOWLEDGE SESSIONS

Moving Mountains: Motivating Customers to Switch Banks
The likelihood of a customer changing primary bank accounts is surprisingly low. In this session, we'll explore why customers don't change banks even when they are offered substantial incentives. We'll also explore new tools in deposit management that will help banks optimize customer acquisition and deepen engagement.
  • Wei Ke, PhD, Managing Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners
  • Stephen Scroth, Head of Consumer Banking and Blobal Experience Design, KeyBank

What Makes Great Boards Great: Best Practices in Board Governance & Leadership Succession
A bank's board of directors can be one of the institution's greatest assets — providing strategic oversight, supporting leadership initiatives and ensuring continuity through orderly succession. But many bank boards struggle to add skilled directors. Hear tactics for ensuring successful board selection, governance and succession.
  • Alan Kaplan, Founder and CEO, Kaplan Partners

Why Banks Must Embrace Innovative Technology to Survive
If community banks want to survive. they must offer the frictionless experience today's customers demand and attract new talent in their institution. Hear how forward-looking financial institutions foster this culture of change and develop cutting-edge tools that allow them to prosper in today's competitive landscape. 
  • Pierre Naudé, CEO, nCino
  • Frank Sorrentino III, Chairman and CEO, ConnectOne Bank
  • Moderator: Rob Morgan, Vice President, Emerging Technologies, American Bankers Association

Lending Diversification
More information coming soon.
  • Speaker(s) TBD
12:15 pm – 1:30​ pm
POWER HOUR LUNCHES

Attracting & Retaining Key Talent
A practical strategy for attracting and retaining key talent is more important during this low unemployment period. Hear nonqualified benefit strategies implemented and discuss how banks are using supplemental disability and long-term care plans to enhance their overall benefits package.
  • David Shoemaker, NFP (formerly Equias)
  • Mike Dunn, Head of Institutional Insurance, Mass Mutual

How Banks Can Embrace a Culture of Change to Stay Competitive
Attract new talent and offer customers the experiences they want and need by cultivating an internal culture of change, led by champions who can set a clear vision, empower their employees, and adopt the technologies necessary for a successful digital transformation.
  • Speaker(s) TBD
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CLOSING GENERAL SESSION

An Afternoon with Paul Ryan
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives — the youngest speaker in nearly 150 years — Ryan was first elected to Congress at age 28 and spent two decades representing the people of Wisconsin's first congressional district. Before becoming speaker, he was chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee. His tenure as Speaker included efforts to overhaul the nation's tax code, criminal justice system and domestic energy production. He'll share his expert Washington outlook and talk with ABA about banking and the economy.
  • Paul Ryan, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Moderator: Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CLOSING RECEPTION: WELCOME TO BOSTON!

Close out the conference in style as we say farewell to Seattle and hello to Boston — Beantown — site of the 2020 Annual Convention.

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