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There will be over 60 on-demand dedicated sessions for bank marketers, CFOs and operations professionals, agricultural bankers, CEO and leadership roles—and on fintech and payments. Sessions are pre-recorded and will be available for viewing at your leisure.

  • Monday, Oct 19

  • Tuesday, Oct 20

Monday, Oct 19

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Welcome to ABA’s Unconventional Convention (LIVE)

  • Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Economic Outlook (LIVE)

This year has shocked our nation’s economy in unexpected ways. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida will join ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols to discuss the economic outlook from Washington, outlining the effects of COVID-19, the upcoming election, and what to expect in the coming months for the banking industry and beyond.

  • Richard Clarida, Vice Chairman, Federal Reserve
  • Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

ABA Chair Address (LIVE)

  • Laurie Stewart, President and CEO, Sound Community Bank

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

A Candid Conversation with CNN Political Analyst and Author Bakari Sellers (LIVE)

South Carolina Bankers Association Chairman James Bennett, EVP of First Citizens Bank, leads a candid conversation with his friend, customer, and CNN Political Analyst Bakari Sellers. They’ll discuss Sellers’ best-selling book My Vanishing Country about life in the rural south, how Sellers became the youngest African American elected official in the U.S., and the role banks can and should play in promoting economic inclusion.

  • James A. Bennett, Area Executive Vice President First Citizens BancShares, Inc. and Chairman, South Carolina Bankers Association
  • Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Analyst and Former Representative from South Carolina

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Pandemic Risks, Timelines and Mitigation Measures (LIVE)

Dr. Bob Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will join ABA’s Paul Benda to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the economy and the financial sector and to learn of response plans for the fall.  They will discuss metrics to help guide when we should return to onsite operations, any actions we should take in advance of the distribution of a vaccine, and what we think are some of the biggest risks facing the financial sector from the pandemic and how we can mitigate them.

  • Paul Benda, Senior Vice President, Risk and Cyber Policy, American Bankers Association
  • Dr. Robert P. Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Innovations and Solutions in the Sponsor Lounges (LIVE)

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Next Five Years in Banking (LIVE)

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

A Discussion with Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (LIVE)

  • Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Physician; 23rd Commissioner Food and Drug Administration (2017-2019); Former Senior Advisor for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Culture and Strategy in the Time of COVID – Thoughts from a Retailer (LIVE)

As the former Co-CEO of Whole Foods, Walter Robb witnessed the disruption of the grocery business into a multi-channel brand experience; working with the nation’s agricultural supply chain to deliver premium produce to the right location at the right time. In this fascinating talk, Robb will explore pandemic-related supply chain disruptions consumers and businesses have experienced and discuss strategies to become a nimble organization to meet the customer on their terms.

  • Walter Robb, Former Co-CEO, Whole Foods

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Optional On-Demand Session Viewing

Tuesday, Oct 20

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Safety and Soundness: Exams, TDRs, and Credit Losses

  • Michael Gullette, Senior Vice President, Tax and Accounting
  • Shaun Kern, Senior Counsel, Prudential Regulation and Asset Management
  • Josh Stein, Vice President, Accounting and Financial Management

Fair Lending

  • Rick Freer, Senior Director, Exam and Compliance Programs
  • Kitty Ryan, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Regulatory Compliance and Policy

Mortgage Origination and Servicing

  • Rod Alba, Senior Vice President, Real Estate Finance
  • Rhonda Castaneda, Senior Analyst, Compliance
  • Sharon Whitaker, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate and Finance

Managing COVID-19 Risks in Banks and Office Environments

  • Paul Benda, Senior Vice President, Risk and Cyber Policy
  • Heather Wyson, Vice President, Cyber and Physical Security Policy

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Business Meeting/Election of Officers (LIVE)

2020-2021 ABA Chair Address (LIVE)

ABA Foundation Community Commitment Awards Presentation (LIVE)

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Optional On-Demand Session Viewing

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Innovation and Solutions in the Sponsor Lounges (LIVE)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A Conversation with FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams (LIVE)

ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols speaks with FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams about the state of America's banks. They will discuss the industry’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, current regulatory issues and joint efforts to promote financial inclusion, as well as other timely topics.

  • Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Addressing Economic Inclusion Through Safe and Affordable Bank Accounts (LIVE)

  • Daniel Davis, Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Emerson Hall, Associate Director, Community Affairs, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Moderator: Jonathan Mintz, President and CEO, CFE Fund

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Psychology and the Good Life (LIVE)

Drawing from her popular course at Yale University, psychology professor Dr. Laurie Santos presents a set of scientifically-validated strategies for living a more satisfying life. Santos will explain the phenomenon she refers to as miswanting—suggesting that some of the things we think matter for our happiness simply don’t. Explore these psychological biases that lead us astray and cause us to seek out the wrong sorts of things, and hear how psychology research shows us what we really should strive for to live happy.

  • Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology, Yale University

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