Alvaro (Al) Araque, senior vice president and director of Consumer and Private Banking, Johnson Financial Group, Racine, has been selected to become the 2022–23 WBA vice chair by the WBA Nominating Committee.

The nominating committee, which is comprised of the current WBA officers and recent past chairmen from WBA, also selected the following candidates to fill seats for three-year terms on the WBA board of directors: Greg Lundberg, Fortifi Bank, Berlin (Group 3); Paul Hoffmann, Monona Bank (Group 4); Ryan Kamphuis, Bristol Morgan Bank, Oakfield (At-Large); and Tom Mews, First National Community Bank, New Richmond (At-Large).

Pursuant to the WBA Bylaws, the above candidates shall be considered elected on April 2 unless other nominees are offered by petition submitted to the WBA office by April 1. The nominating committee received many nominations of excellent candidates, making the selection process very difficult.

The committee, led by WBA Past Chair Paul Kohler, wishes to thank everyone for their interest in serving on the WBA Board, along with your continued strong support of WBA.


Recent studies have shown emotional intelligence to be a key factor in leadership effectiveness. Emotionally intelligent leaders of teams create psychologically safe workplaces that lead to improved employee job satisfaction, retention, creativity, performance and well being.

Session Highlights

  • Explain what emotional intelligence is and the difference between IQ and EQ
  • Review the 5 key components of emotional intelligence
  • Understand why emotionally intelligent leaders are more effective
  • Explain the role of emotional intelligence in building high-trust relationships
  • Review strategies to motivate and response to the needs of your teams
  • Use emotional intelligence to become a more effective leader
  • Leave you with some everyday tools to use in your leadership journey

Target Audience: Anyone who is in a leadership position

Presenter: Vicki Kraai, InterAction Training

Registration Option: Live presentation $330

Recording available through February 4, 2023

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The WBA Supervisor Boot Camp will start on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. and adjourn on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 by 4:00 p.m. 

An Intense Focus on Succeeding at Managing Others

You don’t master the art of supervision through luck, you master it with training, experience, self-learning, and staying on top of best practices. As a supervisor, you must have the attitude, aptitude, skill set, confidence, persistence, and commitment to excel in this multi-tasking, challenging role. Supervisor Boot Camp will help you build essential traits such as leadership, professional maturity, and emotional IQ.

With this in mind, InterAction Training has designed a compelling, two-day dynamic, interactive workshop just for you! The program includes exploring the coaching and leadership skills that lay out a plan for your success as a highly effective supervisor. You will find this experiential training opportunity invigorating, motivating and applicable to managing and supervising others.

Fast-Paced * Information Packed * Results Oriented * Dynamic * Interactive * Engaging

This two-day program is exactly what you are looking for if your bank strives to keep supervisors on the competitive edge! You will work and learn, share and listen, and go back eager to implement and make a difference.

Speaker: Vicki Kraai, CEO, InterAction Training

Tuesday Agenda, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Assessing Your Supervisor Effectiveness

  • Practice self-evaluation on 12 critical supervisory disciplines
  • Learn how to capitalize on the strengths and overcome the trouble spots of your styles
  • Learn how to interact effectively with other styles
  • Make effective choices to be successful and effective in any situation

Motivating Yourself and Others

  • Why do we do what we do, how to gain buy-in from your team
  • Understand yourself and others
  • Understand motivation
  • Describe what constitutes quality work
  • Explain Choice Theory
  • Illustrate coaching techniques
  • Express good questions using the WDEP system
  • Discover the value of an Action Plan

Wednesday Agenda, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Excelling at Leading, Supervising & Coaching

  • Help others achieve
  • Address difficult or uninspired team members
  • Manage resistance
  • Coach with positive confrontation
  • Solutions and creative alternatives to challenges you face
  • Manage your job: prioritizing, setting goals, establishing standards, planning
  • Relate to others: listening, organizing, communicating, giving and receiving feedback
  • Develop your team: training, coaching, delegating, appraising, counseling and disciplining
  • Think clearly: analytical thinking, problem solving, decision making and risk assessment
  • Your Action Plan: Identify what needs to improve and building your improvement plan

Building Performance Plans

  • Build collaborative performance plans with employees
  • Consider the causes of employee performance or behavioral issues
  • Understand the performance improvement plan process
  • Identify the leader’s role during performance plan execution

Registration Information: The registration fee of $535/attendee includes program registration, instruction and materials, online DiSC assessment test, and daily lunch and refreshment breaks.

Presented virtually on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. CT.

To build a culture of belonging and reap the many benefits for your staff and company as a whole, we must first have a clear understanding of what it means to belong at work. During this webinar, Kelly will share the four components necessary to create psychologically safe environments where everyone feels they belong. Key concepts and definitions will also be discussed with a focus on the lenses different people will have based on their lived experiences, including a look at the values of the different generations in the workplace and how they can impact our critical conversations.

Speaker: Alonzo Kelly, Strategic Leadership Partner and Executive Coach

Registration is complimentary for our member bankers and WBA Associate Members!

While there is no registration fee for this complimentary member webinar, we do ask that members register one attendee for each planned webinar connection, to assist with our planning and to ensure sufficient webinar capacity.

Pre-Webinar “Homework”

To best prepare for the webinar and to be ready to participate and engage in critical thinking exercises, Alonzo Kelly has prepared a pre-session video for attendees to watch. During the 9 minute video, Kelly will challenge attendees to think about various concepts and their meaning, as well as reflect on multi-generational workforces.

Watch the pre-webinar video online at:

Join WBA and your fellow emerging leader banker peers from across Wisconsin for our annual BOLT Summer Leadership Summit! The summit will kickoff on Thursday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m. and adjourn at Noon on Friday, June 10.

Visit the Agenda page for a look at the full summit schedule!

Interested in developing your leadership skills? Looking to build and grow in your career in banking? Then BOLT is for you!

BOLT stands for Building Our Leaders of Tomorrow and represents the emerging leaders section of membership within WBA. Membership in the BOLT Section is complimentary for all WBA members. Each member bank is encouraged to identify their emerging leaders and have them participate in BOLT as a part of their career development within the bank.

Who typically attends a BOLT Summit? The BOLT Summits bring together a wide variety of bankers in various roles and experience levels from all across Wisconsin. From entry-level roles to c-level staff, BOLT brings together bankers in an energized environment focused on educating our current and future bank leaders, building networks and lifelong connections, and advocating for community banking.

Registration Information

The registration fee of $200/attendee includes networking meals and breaks, general sessions, breakout sessions, peer group discussions, and access to the summit mobile app.

The 16th Annual WBA Women in Banking Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. The conference will kick off at 9:00 a.m. and adjourn at 3:15 p.m.

New for 2022: The conference will be hybrid! While the best networking experience will take place in person, if you prefer to attend from the comfort of your home or office, you can now join the conference virtually and tune in to see our live keynote speakers!

Conference Sessions Include:

  • Chasing The Bright Side: Why Optimism is The Secret Ingredient to Success – JESS ECKSTROM, Founder of Headbands of Hope
  • I Can. I Will. Watch Me. – ARIKA PIERCE, JD, President and Founder of Piercing Strategies
  • Leading With Your Heart – JULIE PETERSON KLEIN, Bell Bank
  • Peer Group Discussions and Networking

Each attendee, whether joining us in the Dells or from your desk via livestream will receive a copy of Jess Eckstrom’s book, Chasing the Bright Side: Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story. A headband will also be donated to a local children’s hospital for each banker in attendance!

Who Should Attend?

WBA encourages bank management to consider sending their top performing women to the WBA Women in Banking Conference as an investment in their futures with your bank. Attendees will benefit from over 4 hours of presentations; network with more than 200 women banker peers; and participate in tabletop peer networking to share ideas. You won’t want to miss this great event!

To assist your bank with recognizing your women leaders, WBA is offering team pricing for this event. Register your team at the same time to receive the team pricing. Planning to send more than 10 attendees? Contact WBA’s Lori Kalscheuer via email for further discounts!

Registration Information

Bank Member Registration: Take advantage of team pricing — your bank’s first two attendees are $245/attendee. Additional attendees can register for $200/attendee, when registering at the same time. The in-person registration fee includes all conference materials, lunch, refreshment breaks, and access to the optional pre-conference networking events!

The virtual registration fee of $150/connection includes access to a livestream of each keynote presentation. The recordings of the sessions will be available to access for 30 days following the conference.

Associate Member Registration: WBA Associate Members are encouraged to invest in their women leaders as well! Interested in enhancing your conference visibility and recognition at the event? Register to be a conference sponsor to receive additional benefits and recognition!