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Join Wisconsin banking leaders in education and networking opportunities

Banking leaders from throughout Wisconsin will once again reconvene in Wisconsin Dells for a two-day event focused on education and networking. WBA’s Management Conference, beginning on September 13, is a must-attend event for CEOs, CFOs, CCOs, HR leaders, and other members of the bank’s management team.

An optional, pre-conference golf outing is scheduled for September 13 at Rock Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells. Bankers interested in additional opportunities to connect with their banking peers and event sponsors should plan to attend. Following the outing, the event will kick off on Tuesday night with a dinner program recognizing individual bankers who will be receiving WBA’s 30- and 40-year Lifetime Service Awards. Bankers interested in receiving this recognition or honoring an individual who meets the service award criteria should visit wisbank.com/ServiceAwards to complete the nomination form by August 19, 2022 to be included in the program.

On September 14, bankers will have the opportunity to attend two general sessions and two rounds of breakout sessions that include four management-related tracks including credit/lending, human resources, finance, and general bank trends.

In addition to networking among peers, Wisconsin bankers will hear from Sarah Sladek, founder and CEO of XYZ University, LLC during her keynote session on managing and leading during the new era of workplace shift that has recently emerged. While preparing for increasing innovation, shifting values, global connectivity, disruption, and opportunity, Sladek will assist bank leaders and organizers in understanding why they may be struggling to lead a high-functioning team as well as provide insight into how bankers may best be able to usher in a new generation of talent.

To learn more and register for the upcoming event in Wisconsin Dells, visit wisbank.com/management. Questions regarding the conference can be directed to WBA’s Lori Kalscheuer, director – education.

WBA’s Management Conference Returns to Wisconsin Dells in September

Join over 150 banking leaders for WBA’s annual Management Conference September 13 and 14 in Wisconsin Dells. C-suite and HR professionals will enjoy several general sessions, breakout sessions, and opportunities to network among Wisconsin banking peers and over 50 conference sponsors and exhibitors from across the U.S.

The conference, to be held at Glacier Canyon Conference Center, will officially begin on Tuesday night with a dinner program and ceremony recognizing individual bankers who will be receiving WBA’s 30- and 40-year Lifetime Service Awards. Bankers are encouraged to attend this program not only to celebrate these milestone achievements, but for additional opportunities to network with banking peers. Bankers interested in receiving this recognition or honoring an individual who meets the service award criteria should visit wisbank.com/ServiceAwards to complete the nomination form.

Management Conference Banner

Before the dinner program on Tuesday, September 13, bankers looking to make the most of their time out of the office will also enjoy an optional pre-conference golf outing at Wild Rock Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells. Join WBA, your banking peers, and several sponsors at this unofficial kickoff for an additional opportunity to connect with banking leaders from around the state.

This year’s conference will focus on taking banking to the next level. By investing in opportunities to network with other community bankers and dive into topics that will help your bank succeed as a business, leaders are able to reinvest the skills and knowledge learned at the conference into every member of their team.

WBA encourages all bank management teams to take advantage of the four management-related breakout session tracks — including credit/lending, human resources, finance, and general bank trends — for the benefit of every leader, their team, and the continued success of their institution.

To learn more and register for the upcoming event in Wisconsin Dells, visit wisbank.com/management. Questions regarding the conference can be directed to WBA’s Lori Kalscheuer, director – education.

Ken Thompson, WBA Chair, President and CEO of Capitol Bank, Madison

Ken Thompson HeadshotSeptember means back to school, and while education is top of mind, now is a great time to remind our bankers of the importance of continuing education and how that serves our customers and community. “Expanding on Education” is one of the pillars of focus I named in my June 2021 inaugural Chair’s column, so I’ll take this timely opportunity to elaborate.

As bankers, here are a few opportunities on the horizon that will allow us to be a continued resource for our communities long after the memories of 2020 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans and record mortgage activity have faded. Timely topics such as Bitcoin and enterprise risk management are on the agenda for the Management Conference, which will be held September 13–14 in Green Bay. The event will also include tailored tracks for roles including CEOs, CFOs, CCOs, HR, and other bank leaders. A couple of weeks later, the Directors Summit (September 28 in Stevens Point) will focus on topics such as digital banking, succession planning, proposed federal tax changes, and shareholder management. Continuing to learn is every bit as important in a leadership role as it is in the early stages of a banker’s career, and the Management Conference and Directors Summit offer both the content and the networking opportunities that keep bank leaders coming back year after year.

The September issue of the Wisconsin Banker features a “Back to School” focus on p. 18 where you can find out more about this fall’s trainings. We are fortunate to have access to these top-quality courses right here in Wisconsin, which WBA designs specifically for banks in our state. As usual, the Education Calendar (on p. 17) provides an overview of all of the upcoming WBA conferences, schools, workshops, webinars, and more, so you can easily match your team members with a relevant event.

While our industry and the economy continue to face challenges with interest rate margins and the uncertainty of COVID-19 in our future, it is important to focus on the positive and the things we can control. As bankers, we must keep our eyes on the opportunities that lie before us. Our customers and community are counting on us to do so.

Thompson is president and CEO of Capitol Bank, Madison, and the 2021–2022 WBA board chair.

Events

Join WBA and your fellow banking peers from across Wisconsin for our annual WBA Management Conference!

The conference will kickoff with a reception and dinner program on Tuesday,  September 13, followed by a full day of sessions and exhibit hall time on Wednesday, September 14. A pre-conference golf outing is also available for bankers and conference sponsors that want to get a jump start on networking during the day on Tuesday!

This conference is ideal for community banking leaders to come together for networking and education about the ever-evolving banking industry. CEOs, CFOs, CCOs, HR leaders, and other members of the bank’s management team are encouraged to attend as a team to take advantage of this great networking conference, including a full exhibit hall of your partners, two general session presentations, and eight total breakout sessions for your team to pick from.

Visit the Agenda and Hotel Accommodations pages for more information.

Bank Member Registration Information

Team pricing is available for your bank’s management team! The registration fee of $250/attendee for your first two attendees includes all meals and conference sessions. Additional employees from your bank can register for $200/additional attendee. Please register your team at the same time to receive the team pricing. If you are adding additional attendees separately, please contact WBAeducation@wisbank.com to receive the discounted pricing.

Registration for the optional pre-conference golf outing will be accepted from bankers, directors, and spouses who are registered for the conference. The fee of $100/golfer includes golf (scramble format), half cart, boxed lunch, and reception. Conference sponsors may also be offered golf registration depending on availability.

Spouses/guests (non-bankers) can register for Tuesday evening’s reception and dinner program for $95/guest.

Click Register Online to find additional conference information and to register your team online.

 

Associate Member & Exhibitor Registration Information

WBA Associate Members can register to exhibit at the conference ($700/booth including 1 attendee; $250/additional booth attendee) or register as a non-exhibiting conference attendee ($350/attendee).

Visit the Information for Exhibitors/Sponsors page for more details on exhibit and sponsor opportunities! Please contact WBA’s Nick Loppnow at nloppnow@wisbank.com or 608-441-1259 for more information.

Non-members are welcome to register to exhibit at the conference at the non-member rates ($1,200/booth including 1 attendee; $250/additional booth attendee)

Interested in upgrading your presence? Register to be a conference sponsor to receive additional benefits and conference recognition!