Join the largest gathering of Wisconsin bank executives for a celebration of our industry, held at the iconic Monona Terrace in Madison Feb. 5-7, 2018. The annual Bank Executives Conference will feature informative speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, and entertainment. The conference will focus on strategies and tools to prepare Wisconsin’s banking industry for disruption, because—as we all know—change is unavoidable.

The first day of the conference is designed to set the stage, with updates on the banking industry and Wisconsin’s economic and political climates. After the popular “Wisconsin Business Story” session, spotlighting a successful business venture, attendees will hear an update about their association from the executive management team, followed by an update on Wisconsin’s banking industry from Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Jay Risch. Finally, speaker JP Nicols will set the tone for the remainder of the conference with a presentation on digital disruption as a new source of competition and strategies for addressing these unique threats and opportunities.

Day two will kick off with a session on disruptive leadership from Luke Williams, executive director of the Berkley Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at NYU's Stern School of Business. During this session, attendees will learn what it takes to set their bank up for success by creating a culture that values new ideas, a distinct competitive advantage. Next, Jill Castilla, president, CEO and vice chairman of Citizens Bank of Edmund, Okla., will provide strategies on how to make technology and social media work at your bank with an integrated marketing approach. After a quick break in the vendors’ marketplace, attendees will return to choose one of two breakout sessions: a panel discussion on branch transformation by Wisconsin bankers, or a presentation on how the rising rate environment will impact community bank fundamentals from Nathan Stoval, S&P Global Market Intelligence.

After lunch, attendees will hear about politics in a time of disruption from “Dr. Politics” himself, Dr. Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State University. The final session of the day will provide insights into the new world of work from Seth Mattison, workforce strategist and management trend-spotter for FutureSight Labs. Mattison will illuminate unique perspectives on the macro drivers of change and deliver a deeper understanding of how employees’ attitudes and behaviors are evolving, as well as provide a new framework to help attendees see beyond the fads and more clearly understand the trends that will impact the business landscape over the coming decade.

After sessions wrap up for the day, attendees will enjoy the Chairman’s Dinner, featuring the Banker of the Year Celebration, and a reception featuring live music, casino, and (back by popular demand) the WBA Euchre Tournament.

This year’s Bank Executives Conference will conclude with three keynote presentations to ensure attendees return to their institutions with an actionable path forward through disruption. First, Michael Erickson, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, will set up the day with an update on the industry from a regulator’s perspective. Next, Dave DeFazio, StrategyCorps, will discuss how subscription services like Amazon Prime have caused a monumental shift in the way consumers buy and why banks need to understand this trend in order to connect better with their customers. To put all that information in perspective, Dr. Lindsey Piegza, chief economist with Stifel Nicolaus & Company, will provide an economic forecast. Finally, the conference will conclude with a presentation from NFL referee Walt Colman on how to turn boos into cheers.

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