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Women’s Leadership Symposium

Keynote Speakers | Women's Leadership Symposium

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Randy Hultgren

President and CEO, Illinois Bankers Association

Randy Hultgren became president and CEO of the Illinois Bankers Association in July of 2020. An Illinois native, Randy served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2019 for the 14th Congressional District of Illinois. In Congress, he served on both the House Financial Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Prior, he served in the Illinois Senate—on the financial institutions’ committees in both chambers.

Before his public service, Randy served as senior vice president of commercial lending with Wintrust Financial, and was vice president of Performance Trust Investment Advisors. He earned degrees in political science and speech communications from Wheaton Academy and Bethel University. Randy received his J.D. from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1993.

Deborah Tsai Munster

Executive Vice President, Seramount, formerly Working Mother Media

Deborah is the executive vice president of Seramount, responsible for people and operations. She most recently led the Diversity Best Practices division. Prior to Seramount, she served as vice president of talent and inclusion for the ADT Corporation, fostering a diverse and inclusive culture through employee engagement, and a global talent and leadership development strategy.

Deborah was the director of global diversity and inclusion at Merrill Lynch, where The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones noted her experience in generational diversity, women’s programming, workplace flexibility and disability and employee networks. She managed a $3 million endowment with Columbia University to develop one of the first women’s returnship programs in the U.S. Prior; she was vice president of employee engagement and diversity at JPMorganChase. She earned a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University.

Rob Nichols

President and CEO, American Bankers Association

Rob Nichols is the president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, which represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $20 trillion banking industry.

Rob joined ABA in August 2015 following ten years at the helm of the Financial Services Forum, a non-partisan financial and economic policy organization. Before joining the Forum, Rob served in the George W. Bush administration as the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Treasury Department, a position requiring confirmation by the United States Senate. In this role, he acted as chief spokesperson and head of the office of public liaison, serving as Treasury’s lead representative with the media, business, professional trade organizations, consumer groups and the public.

Raven Solomon

Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion thought leader and Founder, Center for Next Generation Leadership and Professional Development

Raven Solomon is a nationally recognized keynote speaker who helps organizations get future-ready by understanding generations, racial equity and their intersection. She is the founder of the Charlotte-based Center for Next Generation Leadership and Professional Development, a startup focused on providing soft skill development to the leaders of tomorrow.

Raven consults with Franklin Covey, the world leader in leadership development, in the area of unconscious bias. She is the host of The Generational View Podcast, and authored the 2019 release Leading Your Parents: 25 Rules to Effective Multigenerational Leadership for Millennials and Gen Z. She was valedictorian of her college graduating class, and one of the youngest-ever executives in the Fortune 500 company with which she spent nearly a decade.

Laurie Stewart

President and CEO, Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc.

Laurie Stewart is president and CEO of Seattle-based Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. She was one of 14 bankers to serve on the both the inaugural FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking and CFPC Community Bankers Advisory Council. She was one of nine community bankers invited to the White House for a listening session with the president in 2017.

She served two terms as chair of the Washington Bankers Association, one as chair of the ABA Government Relations Council and is currently chair of the ABA nominating committee. Laurie is director of the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She was recognized as one of American Banker’s 2019 and 2020 Most Powerful Women in Banking and received the Woman of Influence and Director of the Year awards from the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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