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Emerging Leaders Forum

April 1, 2019 • Washington Summit • Washington Marriott Marquis • Washington DC

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Leadership development and effective advocacy go hand in hand - and the Emerging Leaders Forum is a chance to share challenges and strategies with peers from across the country as you work to cultivate a strong, dynamic, and diverse banking industry for the future.

During this interactive program, attendees will hear from thought provoking speakers and learn ways to build on their networking and leadership development skills. There will be a private reception following the Forum in addition to professional development opportunities.

Learn more about who should attend and download our justification letter.

2018 Forum Program

Monday, April 23
10:00 am – 10:20 am Welcome
ABA Emerging Leader Advisory Board
Emily GrayEmily Gray
Senior Vice President
Senior Credit Officer
Hardin County Bank
Blake TaylorBlake Taylor
Senior Vice President
Southern First Bank

ABA Leadership Welcome
Rob NicholsRob Nichols
President and CEO
Ken BurgessKen Burgess
ABA Chairman
FirstCapital Bank of Texas, NA,
Midland, TX
10:20 am – 11:20 am General Session: Magnificent Leadership®—Keys to Success

Sarah LevittSarah Levitt
Author and Executive Coach

Content-rich, interactive, and engaging, this program weaves compelling narratives from Sarah’s interviews from her book, combined with additional examples from her work in the c-suite, highlighting the key elements for leadership success, strategy that delivers results, galvanizing team performance, driving employee engagement, and spurring organizational transformation. The program highlights the crucial connection between leadership and maintaining a competitive and innovative market edge, and the key tools leaders can use to accelerate growth and innovation while boosting their own effectiveness.
​11:20 am — 12:00 pm Learning to Lead: Lessons from the Road
  • Moderator: Sarah Levitt
  • Emory Mayfield, City President, Hancock Bank, Chair-Elect, Florida Bankers Association
  • T.W. Shannon, CEO, Bank2
You will hear from CEO’s both in and outside the banking industry on how they have navigated their career, lessons learned, and what they are excited about looking ahead.
​12:00 pm — 12:30 pm Finding Your Voice: Engaging Policy Makers Where It Matters

Josh GottheimerRepresentative Josh Gottheirmer (D-NJ)
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm Lunch and Networking Break
​1:20 pm – 1:50 pm
​General Session: Rock Your Profile

Katherine Terhune Katherine Terhune
Senior Client Advisor, Strategic Accounts, LinkedIn

Take your Professional Brand to the next level! In this session you will learn how to leverage LinkedIn to define and enhance your professional brand and advance your career. We’ll review Social Media, Networking and Mentoring best practices in an interactive session with LinkedIn’s Katherine Terhune.
​1:50 pm — 2:20 pm The FinTech Landscape – Risk or Opportunity?

Robert Morgan, Vice President, Emerging Technologies, American Bankers Association

Emerging technologies are quickly changing customer expectations and banks are facing new competition. Are fintech firms a risk or opportunity? This session will address how banks can identify fintech opportunities and where they stand in today’s digital banking ecosystem.
​2:20 pm — 3:00 pm Emotional Intelligence: A Top Priority for Leaders
  • Mark Smith, CEO, Leadership Resource Institute
​3:00 pm — 4:00 pm "Face It, Embrace It, Defy It, Conquer It"

Victoria Arlen Victoria Arlen
Paralympic Gold & Silver Medalist, ESPN Host Reporter, & Dancing with the Stars Contestant

Victoria Arlene is a remarkable young woman who has endured, and overcome, more challenges in her 24 years than most of us will see in a lifetime, perhaps many lifetimes. After being diagnosed with a devastating illness that nearly took her life and left her paralyzed for a decade, she defied all odds. Literally locked within her own body for years, she shares how gratitude, perspective, hope, and relentless hard work brought her back to life, becoming a gold and silver Paralympian, one of the youngest on-air hosts hired by ESPN, and Dancing with the Stars contestant. In this not-to-be-missed presentation, Victoria shares her remarkable, truly defining the word inspiring.
​4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Professional Headshots
​5:00 pm – 6:15 pm Onsite Networking Reception
Help next generation leaders succeed by joining Impact 4 Good as we collect school supplies for children and families in need. In honor of financial literacy month, we’ll be filling 100 backpacks with pencils, notebooks and more—along with a financial literacy book. Bring your energy and willingness to lend a helping hand to make this an annual and integral component of the Emerging Leader Reception!
Stay for the Government Relations Summit through April 25.

Who Should Attend

Bankers seeking to gain experience in:

  • Management Skills
  • Leadership Development
  • Political Engagement
  • Career Development
  • Networking

Build Your Case to Come to Washington

Download our justification letter to help tell your story to your supervisor about the benefits you'll receive from attending the 2018 ABA Emerging Leaders Forum.

​Questions? Contact Caitlin Taylor.​