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ABA Annual Convention

October 21-23, 2018  •  New York Hilton Midtown  •  New York, New York

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Overview  |  Registration  |​  Program  |  Hotel & Venue  |  Speakers  |  Activities  |  The EXPO

Featured Speaker​s


Mike Allen Mike Allen
Mike Allen is one of Washington’s most influential and well-connected journalists. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Axios, a company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media, and tech. The company, whose name means “worthy” in Greek, specializes in high-quality news and analysis easily shared among the country’s influential readers and across social platforms. He currently authors Axios AM and PM newsletters, which feature the most important stories of the day.

Cathy Bessant Cathy Bessant
Cathy Bessant is chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America, and is a member of the company’s executive management team. Since 2010, Bessant has led Global Technology and Operations (GT&O), delivering end-to-end technology and operating services across the company through nearly 95,000 employees and contractors in more than 35 countries.

Robin Chase Robin Chase
Named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and Start-Up Woman of the Year, Robin Chase is the founder and former CEO of Zipcar. Chase is an entrepreneur with unprecedented contributions to the business of transportation and is highly sought after for her insight on identifying innovative solutions to solve complex issues, effectively merging advancing technology, thriving in a changing marketplace, and evolving consumer and demographic lifestyle patterns.

Carla Harris Carla Harris
Carla Harris is a vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements.

Jelena McWilliams Jelena McWilliams
Jelena McWilliams currently serves as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Previously, she was executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, OH. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Ms. McWilliams worked in the United States Senate for six years, most recently as chief counsel and deputy staff director with the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and previously as assistant chief counsel with the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.

Seth Meyers Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers is an Emmy Award-winning writer and current host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” He recently hosted the 75th Golden Globe Awards and hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2014. Meyers began his TV career with “Saturday Night Live” in 2001, where he was a cast member for 13 seasons. He has also hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN, and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to rave reviews.

Platon Platon
Lauded for his ability to capture truth and authenticity in his portraits, accomplished photographer Platon has demonstrated his skill for a range of international publications — including his 2007 photograph of then Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for Time magazine’s Person of the Year cover. In 2008, he signed a multi-year contract with The New Yorker. As the staff photographer, he has produced several large-scale photo essays, two of which won ASME Awards in 2009 and 2010.

​Speaker questions? Contact Traci Leiva for more information.