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2024 Program

We’re working on this event’s program. To see the types of sessions you can expect, check out the 2023 program.

2023 Program

All times are in ET.

  • Thursday, September 14

Thursday, September 14

12:30 PM - 1:40 PM


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award Winners

Opening Session: Keynote
Courageous Civility

Please note this session addresses the topic of suicide.

Creating and sustaining a culture of equity, diversity and belonging can be challenging and exhausting work. Not only does it require the willingness to actively combat inequities, bias and discrimination in the workplace — but equally as important — it requires the courage to actively take part in uncomfortable but necessary discussions. You will learn key tools, strategies, and information necessary to engage in this critical work. Importantly, the keynote speaker will help you stay committed to this work long after the session ends. 

  • Shola Richards, Founder & CEO, Go Together™ Global, Best-selling Author, “Go Together”

1:40 PM - 1:50 PM


1:50 PM - 2:35 PM

Choose a strategy session that will help your bank build a more robust DEI program.

Introduction to Disability Inclusion & Awareness

What role does disability inclusion play in attracting and serving clients and employees with disabilities? Learn interpersonal best practices, easy tips for increasing accessibility, statistics and much more, to enable a better experience for individuals with disabilities in your workplace. Whether your bank is ADA-compliant or are new to disability inclusion, this presentation help you feel more confident in taking the next step. 

  • Joe Jamison, CPACC, CEO & Founder, VisitAble LLC 
  • Cory Paradis, ADAC, Chief Operating Officer, VisitAble LLC

The Changing Litigation and Regulatory Environment for Corporate DEI Programs

In this session, discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent affirmative action case rulings and cover the spate of litigation over corporate DEI programs. Dig into the specific challenges that have been launched against corporate DEI programs, and leave with suggestions about how to risk adjust these programs while maintaining your corporate DEI goals.

  • Ishan K. Bhabha, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP 

DEI: Meaningful Metrics

As people with DEI responsibilities, it is our job to explore how to measure success in our DEI efforts. Join this workshop for a deep dive into measuring DEI quantitative and qualitative data and learn the elements used in measuring DEI success.

  • Naomi Mercer, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, American Bankers Association 

2:35 PM - 2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 3:30 PM


Choose a strategy session that will help your bank build a more robust DEI program.

Measuring Impact in Digital Banking

Banks are looking for new approaches to demonstrate their commitment to the financial health of customers and their communities. Varo Bank, the first nationally chartered (OCC) consumer techbank in the U.S., has set out to create a unique set of goals and metrics, which align with their mission to help people build financial prosperity and increase inclusivity. Learn about those goals in this session.

  • Marina Gracias, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Varo Money, Inc.

DEI: LGBTQ+ Perspectives 

This panel of individuals, who work in or with banks, will talk about their experiences, good and bad, as a way to help bankers understand how LGBTQ+ people navigate the workplace. Learn what actions banks can take to be more inclusive of both their LGBTQ+ employees and customers.

  • Samantha Maston, CAMS, BSA – CTR Alert Analyst, Fulton Bank
  • Jacob Mowry, Vice President, Marketing Manager, F&M Bank
  • Sar Moon Rose, IT Data Quality Senior Engineer, Fulton Bank


  • Yokota Strong, CRCM, CAMS, CFE, EVP Chief Compliance Officer, Broadway Bank

Exploring Dynamics of Class
Class is defined by Felice Yeskel as a “relative social rank in terms of income, wealth, education, status and/or power.” In this interactive session, participants will reflect on their own class backgrounds and consider similarities to and differences from others about the impact of class on their lives. They will also consider ways to ensure that class is not a barrier to full participation and engagement within their institution and sphere of influence.

  • Charm Bullard, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities 

3:30 PM - 3:40 PM


3:40 PM - 4:45 PM

Closing Session: Keynote
“You Can Bank on Harmony”

Whether it’s intergenerational dynamics, interpersonal communications or perceptions around gender, there is no greater time to appreciate “good differences” than now. Dr. Pam Confer will take participants on a journey through unconscious biases and provide pathways for elevating the attributes of everyone in the room. You can always “Bank on Harmony!”

  • Pam Confer, Ph.D., Corporate Humorist, Master HR Trainer, Jazz Artist, Confer Consulting and Communications, LLC

4:45 PM

Conference Adjourn

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