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Women's Leadership Symposium

Program | ABA/IBA Women and Allies Symposium


During the virtual, half-day event, attendees will hear from experienced keynote speakers, engage in thoughtful discussions and leave empowered to cultivate a better banking industry.

  • July 12

July 12

2:00 PM – 2:05 PM ET / 1:00 PM – 1:05 PM CT

Welcome Remarks

  • Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association
  • Randy Hultgren, President and CEO, Illinois Bankers Association

2:05 PM – 2:40 PM ET / 1:05 PM – 1:40 PM CT

Inclusive Strategies for Banks and Caregiver Employees

Managing breadwinning and caregiving responsibilities has been extra challenging since the pandemic. Women are the most affected, as they represent the majority of 90 million caregivers in the United States. In this interactive session, learn how the current caregiving crisis is hurting the labor market and employee retention, and how inclusive practices can improve your bottom line and employee loyalty.

  • Blessing Adesiyan, Founder and CEO, Mother Honestly WorkLife

2:40 PM – 3:15 PM ET / 1:40 PM – 2:15 PM CT

Supportive Workplaces for Caregivers

Bankers on the front lines share innovative solutions and leading practices to support employees who are caregivers. The advice is applicable whether you are a caregiver, involved in your bank’s caregiver employee resource group or a team leader focused on incorporating more inclusive practices at your bank.  

  • Hope McAllister, EVP Human Resources, Busey Bank
  • Eartha Morris, COO, Forbright Bank
  • Michael Moser, SVP, Benefits Director, Comerica Bank
  • Nan Poppen, PHR, SHRM-CP, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, First Bank & Trust 

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM ET / 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM CT

How to Promote Positive Mental Health and Resilience

Learn practical tips and strategies to prioritize mental health and well-being and recover from burnout. These tools and strategies utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to promote mental wellness, work/life balance, emotional intelligence and resilience. Attendees will leave this workshop feeling refreshed and inspired to practice good self-care and access support to be happier and more effective at home and work.    

  • Joyce Marter, Psychotherapist and Author

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM CT

Closing Remarks

  • Randy Hultgren, President and CEO, Illinois Bankers Association
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