By Rose Oswald Poels
Your voice continues to be critical as we advocate for a myriad of issues on behalf of the banking industry at the state and federal levels. While WBA is your advocacy representative, there is no more effective “lobbyist” than a banker engaging in conversations with elected officials and regulators. This message was certainly shared recently during ICBA’s virtual Capital Summit and last month during ABA’s virtual Washington Conference. Many of you have first-hand experience joining WBA over the years in Washington, Madison, or virtually, as we routinely engage in individual meetings with our entire Congressional delegation and state delegation. My message today is simple: continue being an active participant in our advocacy efforts and encourage other bankers to join us!
Our federal and state legislative agendas are robust and at the same time, our regulatory initiatives are equally substantive. In order for WBA to be successful in accomplishing our advocacy goals, we need your ongoing active involvement as well. If you are not already signed up, please register to attend our 2021 WBA Capitol Day and tell your story to your state elected officials. Our 2021 Capitol Day will be virtual and held in two parts: a large-group kickoff on May 11, and individual meetings scheduled separately with legislators. Very few legislators have experience in banking, so it’s critical to build relationships with your elected leaders to help them understand how public policy impacts your bank’s ability to aid in the economic growth and vitality of your community. You can learn more and register here.