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Erika James, Crisis Leadership Expert and Dean of the Wharton School, to Present Keynote at 2021 ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking

Registration closes May 21


Erika H. James, dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will present a keynote session to future bank leaders at the 2021 ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking on June 4. Registration for the 2021 Stonier executive education curriculum, which will be held virtually June 4-11, closes May 21.

Over the decades, James’ research into crisis leadership, management and workplace discrimination — particularly in corporate America — has been extensive. Her published works offer strategies for leaders to grow from their mistakes, build trust in their organizations, create opportunity and make positive decisions under pressure. Her presentation at Stonier will focus on diverse leadership, racial and wealth equity, and the importance of “people analytics” in helping organizations build diverse pipelines and create more equitable workplaces in the future.

“Dean James has unparalleled expertise in the motivations that drive human behavior, which is critical knowledge for bankers and other business leaders,” said Jim Edrington, ABA's chief member engagement officer. “Her insights on diversity, equity and crisis leadership will inspire our industry’s rising stars to find their voice and transform their institutions and communities for the better.”

The first woman and first person of color to be appointed dean of the Wharton School in the institution’s 140-year history, James is a trained organizational psychologist and leading expert on crisis leadership, workplace diversity and management strategy. She has worked as an expert consultant for the country’s top and most prestigious firms on building trust in the workplace. She advocates for meaningful cross-disciplinary collaboration, scholarship, teaching and excellence through diversity and inclusion. She has written a number of case studies on high-profile leadership challenges, with examples involving Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Martha Stewart.

Additional featured sessions at Stonier this year include “Enterprise Risk Management,” taught by SimErgy Consulting president and founder Sim Segal; “Negotiations,” taught by Emory University associate professor Michael Sacks; “Marketing Strategy,” taught by Financial Marketing Solutions executive vice president of Emerging Media, Amber Farley; and “2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends will ReShape the Future of Everything,” taught by Wharton professor Mauro Guillen.

Offered in partnership with the Wharton School, the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking trains the future leaders of the industry. To date, Stonier has educated more than 20,000 professionals. Most are vice presidents or senior vice presidents; one in five is an executive vice president, chairman or CEO. Attendees are from community and regional banks, money center banks and international financial institutions, and last year’s class attracted students from 8 countries. Roughly 17% of attendees are from regulatory agencies, and all attendees are committed to taking their skills to the next level to advance their organization and their career.

Registration for the 2021 session closes May 21. Applicants to the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking are encouraged to apply early for prompt consideration. Graduates of the program receive a Stonier diploma as well as a Wharton leadership certificate. For more information on the program, visit aba.com/Stonier.


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