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ABA Annual Convention

October 21-23, 2018  •  New York Hilton Midtown  •  New York, New York


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General Sessions

The 2018 Midterms and the Future of Washington

Robin ChaseMike Allen, one of Washington’s most connected and influential journalists, will provide a nonpartisan analysis of what’s going on in Washington including what both parties will face—just days before the mid-term elections.

Supporting the Troops: Expanding the Relationship Between Banks and the Military

America’s banks have a long history of supporting military families and veterans, but is there more the industry can do to support our men and women in uniform? Hear innovative ideas from veterans who have made the transition to banking and find out how your bank can better serve those who serve the nation.

Responsible Use of AI

Cathy BessantThe financial services industry continues to implement AI in all facets of the business. As the tech transformation accelerates, how can banking leaders impact AI’s development and ensure that it truly benefits society? ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols and Cathy Bessant will discuss the future of innovation and our role in shaping the moral and ethical use of AI.

Toward an Era of Open Banking

Hear from technology companies that are challenging the status quo with compelling core platforms that can bring significant change to how banks select and partner with fintechs. Is a new era of core banking is on the horizon? See what all this means for banks large and small.

How Banks Can Thrive in a Sharing Economy

Robin ChaseA pioneer driving the world toward a sustainable, sharing economy, Robin Chase—founder and former CEO of Zipcar—has revolutionized the relationship between people and technology. Chase will share fascinating insight into how banks can identify and implement solutions to solve the industry's most complex issues, such as new technologies, a changing marketplace and evolving consumer preferences.

Powerful Portraits: An Intimate Look at Humanity and Leadership

A gifted communicator and storyteller, The New Yorker portrait photographer Platon will share his experiences photographing an eclectic mix of world leaders, celebrities, men and women in the military, members of the civil rights movement and human rights champions. Platon explains the meaning behind the picture, encouraging us to develop leadership skills and values based on the themes of empathy, service to others and open dialogue.

Bank Partnerships Tackling Homelessness in NYC: A Virtual Tour

Join the ABA Foundation for a virtual tour of community revitalization efforts currently underway in New York City to help fight homelessness. Featuring a panel of community visionaries—including Cyndi Lauper, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning artist; co-founder, True Colors Fund—and bank leaders, this session will highlight successful partnerships between banks and community organizations as they work to address the issue of homelessness among the diverse populations in and around New York City.

Panel participants at this time include:
  • Cyndi Lauper, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning artist; Co-Founder, True Colors Fund
  • Gregory Lewis, Executive Director and CEO, True Colors Fund
  • Bob Annibale, Global Director, Citi Community Development
  • Brenda Rosen, President and CEO, Breaking Ground

Inclusive Leadership

Cathy BessantOne of the industry's most accomplished leaders, Carla Harris will discuss the importance of upper management creating an environment of diversity—including what a purposeful leader must do to motivate their team to deliver their best.

A Conversation with Jelena McWilliams and Rob Nichols

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Jelena McWilliams and ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols will discuss a range of issues, including the future of regulatory and tax reform and the nation’s economic outlook.

The Power of Funny

Seth Meyers is an Emmy Award-winning writer and current host of "Late Night with Seth Meyers." He recently hosted the 75th Golden Globe Awards and hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2014. Meyers began his TV career with "Saturday Night Live" in 2001, where he was a cast member for 13 seasons. At this year's closing general session, Meyer's trademark comedy will end the conference on a humorous note—showing how a bit a fun can go a long way in being successful.
​General Session questions? Contact Lauren Dwyer for more information.