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Emerging Leaders Forum

March 23, 2020 • Washington Summit • Washington Marriott Marquis • Washington DC

Emerging Leaders Forum

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Leadership development and effective advocacy go hand in hand - and the Emerging Leaders Forum is a chance to share challenges and strategies with peers from across the country as you work to cultivate a strong, dynamic, and diverse banking industry for the future.

During this interactive program, attendees will hear from thought provoking speakers and learn ways to build on their networking and leadership development skills. There will be a private reception following the Forum in addition to professional development opportunities. 

Meeting Materials

Take a look back at the 2019 program

Forum Program

​9:00 am - 10:00 am Networking Breakfast & Community Service Event
Kick off Financial Literacy month with over coffee and doughnuts all while stuffing 150 backpacks for students in need. This will be the 2nd Annual Backpack Drive in partnership with Impact 4 Good. Bring your energy and willingness to lend a helping hand to help the next generation of leaders succeed.
10:00 am – 10:20 am Welcome

ABA Emerging Leaders Advisory Board

Bob Glover Bob Glover
Vice President, Investment & Security Officer
The Peoples Bank, Ripley, MS

ABA Chairman Update & Outlook

Jeffrey Szyperski
Jeffrey M. Szyperski
Chairman, President and CEO

Chesapeake Bank
Kilmarnock, VA
10:20 am – 12:30 pm General Session

Betsy Hubbard Betsy Hubbard
Founder, President, Mindset Digital

SOS Habit: Write for Mobile: Emails That Drive Action
Drowning in email? You’re not alone. On average, professionals spend more than 13 hours a week managing email—and countless hours more waiting for responses. This high-energy session offers practical, take-home tips on writing emails that work.
Leadership Panel: Leading in 2019 and Beyond
Jill-Castilla Jill Castilla
CEO and Vice Chairman
Citizens Bank
Edmond, OK
Richard-Adams Richard M. Adams, Jr.
United Bankshares, Inc.
Parkersburg, WV
Cathy OwenCathy Owen, Chairman
Eagle Bank and Trust Company
Little Rock, AR
Rob NicholsModerator:
Rob Nichols
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and Networking Break
​1:30 pm – 4:00 pm ​General Session

Trey HollingsworthFinding Your Voice: Engaging Policy Makers Where it Matters
Representative Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN)

Trey Hollingsworth is serving his second term as the U.S. Representative for Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District. In Congress, Trey is a member of the House Financial Services committee where he works on legislation that helps American families’ paychecks go farther and American businesses grow and create more jobs.

Before public service, Trey was a small business owner. After graduation from business school, he began renovating and rehabilitating abandoned industrial sites. Later in 2008, Trey started an aluminum remanufacturing operation in Indiana. He has a strong belief in the productivity of the American worker and the ingenuity of American companies. Trey lives in Jeffersonville with his wife, Kelly, and his son, Joseph.

Kathy PearsonPerceptive Leadership & Strategic Agility
Kathy Pearson, PhD
President and Founder, Enterprise Learning Solutions
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health and Economics
Associate Professor, Operations and Information Management Department, The Wharton School

Today’s business environment is no longer described as having an “ebb and flow”, but rather a permanent “whitewater” condition. This increased speed of change has caused a movement from discrete-event strategic planning to more dynamic planning – the quarterly strategy “refresh”, for example. However, many organizations struggle with the ability to stay nimble to respond to rapid market changes because of a variety of factors. This session explores the common barriers to agility, provides tools to overcome these barriers, and describes three concrete actions in achieving strategic agility.

Florent Groberg Florent Groberg
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief of Staff
Captain, U.S. Army and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

Opportunities Earned & Leadership Learned: An American Hero’s Journey
This celebrated American hero and Medal of Honor recipient draws on his decorated Army career to deliver life-changing lessons on leadership, teamwork and the meaning of sacrifice.

Closing Remarks
Bob Glover Bob Glover
Vice President, Investment & Security Officer
The Peoples Bank
Ripley, MS
Stay for the Washington Summit, March 23-25, 2020.

Who Should Attend

Bankers seeking to gain experience in:

  • Management Skills
  • Leadership Development
  • Political Engagement
  • Career Development
  • Networking

Build Your Case to Come to Washington

Learn more about who should attend.

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 Continuing Education Credits


CPE logoThis group-live event is eligible for 4.0 CPE credits for CPAs. No prerequisites required. Please complete this form at the end of the event to receive credit.

American Bankers Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

​Questions? Contact Caitlin Taylor.​