By Kenneth D. Thompson
I would like to formally invite all WBA-member banking executives and leaders in Wisconsin to join me at WBA’s Bank Executive Conference. This annual, premiere banking event allows for nearly endless opportunities to network among peers as well as develop and learn skills from nationally recognized speakers and leaders in the banking industry.
The Bank Executive Conference will be held February 9–11 at the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Featuring both general and breakout sessions, opportunities for networking, and recognition of several prestigious awards, there will no doubt be something of interest for every leader in your bank.
I am also excited to announce that this annual conference will return in -person for the first time since 2020. I look forward to not only celebrating a return to togetherness while also honoring the wide range of successes banking leaders in our state have achieved during such a treacherous time.
The unifying theme of this year’s conference will be “Rise”. I encourage you and your executive team to begin thinking about how your bank has risen to the occasion over the course of the past two years and how resiliency and action have allowed Wisconsin banks and their communities to strengthen along the way. Which of the changes that emerged during the pandemic are here to stay? How will you approach changes in talent recruitment and retention, technology and cybersecurity, and merger and acquisition trends? What will it mean to be relevant in this new environment? The conference will address these questions and prepare you to take action on the work that lies ahead of you. Join us to discover how you will rise to the new leadership challenges of 2022.