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Women's Leadership Symposium

Program | Women Lead Symposium


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

2024 Program

  • July 17

July 17

1:00 PM – 1:05 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 12:05 PM CT

Welcome Remarks

  • Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association

1:05 PM – 1:07 PM ET / 12:05 PM – 12:07 PM CT

Opening Remarks

  • Julieann Thurlow, ABA Chair; President and CEO, Reading Cooperative Bank

1:07 PM – 1:10 PM ET / 12:07 PM – 12:10 PM CT

Master of Ceremonies

  • Jan Mills, President and Chairman of the Board, First National Bank of Winnsboro

1:10 PM – 2:00 PM ET / 12:10 PM – 1:00 PM CT

Developing a Strategic Outlook for Women in Banking

Learn how to build actionable plans for success and unlock the power of strategic thinking to propel your career forward in this engaging session.

  • Dr. Jennifer Keitt, Chief Executive Officer, The Keitt Institute: A Center for Emotional Development & Well-Being

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM ET / 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM CT

Pathways to Success for Women Bankers

Women have more opportunities in banking today than ever before. Our panel of bankers will share different areas of focus, certifications and other professional development, and strategies to navigate your career in banking.

  • Natalie Bartholomew, Community President, First Community Bank
  • Latia Coleman, Vice President of Compliance, Corporate Banking Risk Analyst, Regions Bank
  • Cristina Feden, Commercial Banking Managing Director, Regional President, Berkshire Bank
  • Krystalle Lassiter, MBA, Manager, Fraud Prevention and Detection, USAA
  • Rebekah Stokes, Executive Vice President and CFO, Thomaston Savings Bank
  • Stacey Webb, Senior Vice President - Chief Retail Officer, The State Bank
  • Moderator: Amy L. Randolph, Executive Vice President and COO, First Busey Corporation

2:45 PM – 2:55 PM ET / 1:45 PM – 1:55 PM CT


2:55 PM – 3:50 PM ET / 1:55 PM – 2:50 PM CT

Investing in Your Future: Unlocking the Power of Networking for Growth

Hear from a bank CEO about the power of synergies, meaningful relationships and collaboration. Learn strategies to expand your professional network to elevate your career trajectory.

  • Krista Snelling, President and CEO, Santa Cruz County Bank

3:50 PM – 3:55 PM ET / 2:50 PM – 2:55 PM CT

Industry Updates

  • Cathy Nestrick, Vice President, Women’s Leadership & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, American Bankers Association

3:55 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 2:55 PM – 3:00 PM CT

Closing Remarks

  • Jan Mills, President and Chairman of the Board, First National Bank of Winnsboro
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