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General Sessions | Conference for Community Bankers

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Making Magic: Leading and Innovating in the Age of Disruption

Former Disney-ABC Television Group executive Ben Sherwood will deliver a powerful keynote to the Feb. 10 opening session of ABA’s Conference for Community Bankers. Sherwood will share actionable insights developed during challenging days of enormous industry disruption from fast-emerging competitors Netflix and Amazon. Using radical candor and plenty of humor, Sherwood will explore characteristics of the world’s most effective leaders, and illuminate steps to unleash advanced performance and practical innovation in every person.

Inclusive Leadership Strategies to Facilitate Culture Change

Floyd will present the latest diversity and inclusion research that pertains to financial services. Learn how—as a community bank executive—to identify potential starting points and anchors for facilitating a culture of inclusive leadership at your institution. Leverage the power of teams, use sponsorship as a mechanism for change, and align inclusivity to your business strategy to drive effective organizational and behavioral practices across your bank.

Embracing The Power of Change

Paul de Gelder will share a story of discovery and triumph that is inspirational for all leaders. Focusing on all aspects of life—private, professional, mental and emotional experiences, he demonstrates that there are no limits to what we can achieve. As a shark attack survivor and former Navy diver, his riveting story shows that achievement in the face of any challenge is truly unlimited when we believe in ourselves.

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