Banking and the Economy: A Forum for Minority Bankers

September 27 - 28, 2017

About this event

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Richmond and St. Louis, will host the second annual Banking and the Economy: A Forum for Minority Bankers in Kansas City.  The Forum is designed to provide senior level or high potential middle management minority bank leaders with industry, leadership and professional development knowledge that will enhance their careers and networks.

Forum topics include:

  • Cultural Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Leadership Development and Effectiveness
  • Overview of Banking and the Economy 
  • Panel discussion with top bank leaders
  • U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy  

Attendees will also receive resources and have the opportunity to network with other professionals.

Presentations are available in the agenda by clicking on the event name or the presenter's name. 

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Who should attend?

Senior level or high potential middle management minority bank leaders interested in industry, leadership and professional development.

Event details

Date Time Location
September 27, 2017 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Kansas City, Mo.
September 28, 2017 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kansas City, Missouri 64198


Early bird pricing of $200 is available until August 1.  Regular conference registration is $225 after August 1. 

Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 1

Final Registration Deadline: September 15 

Registration Deadline: September 15, 2017
Cost: $200

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Hotel Information

Westin Hotel Kansas City at Crown Center 
1 E. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 474-4400
Room Rate: $146 + charges and taxes. Reservation cut-off date is September 5, 2017

Please make your reservation by using the following link:   
Federal Reserve Forum for Minority Bankers Room Block September 2017

Should the Westin Hotel Kansas City at Crown Center hotel block for the conference be full, you may still reserve a room there at the regular rate. Below are other hotel options in close proximity to the Federal Reserve Bank:
Residence Inn Downtown Marriott/0.3 miles/2975 Main Street 
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center/0.7 miles/2345 McGee Street
Hilton President Kansas City/1.5 miles/1329 Baltimore Avenue 
Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown/1.6 miles/1301 Wyandotte Street

Contact Information

Terri Derendinger


  • 11 - 12 p.m. Registration
  • 12 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Welcome

    The program will begin with a brief welcome to Kansas City and an overview of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  The welcome will also include any housekeeping business and announcements. 


    Tammy Edwards
    Vice President, Community Development and Stakeholder Engagement 
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 

  • 12:45 - 1 p.m. Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker Introduction

    Opening remarks will address the event’s purpose, significance and expectations. 

    Herb Hardwick
    Founder and Principal, Hardwick Law Firm, LLC.
    Council Member, Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

  • 1 - 1:45 p.m. Keynote

    Labor Market Disparities and the Mission of the Federal Reserve
    Governor Brainard will address labor market disparities discussing the evolution of disparities in the labor market across groups, including the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, and geography.

    Lael Brainard 
    Federal Reserve System

  • 1:45 - 3 p.m. Overview of Banking and the Economy

    This session will highlight recent trends in the financial industry; discuss areas of heightened or emerging risks seen from a bank supervisory perspective; as well as share areas of potential focus as banks look towards the future.


    Jeff Legette
    Assistant Vice President, Business Solutions Delivery 
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

    Andrew Lee Smith
    Economist, Economic Research
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

  • 3 - 3:15 p.m. Break
  • 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

    Cultural Intelligence

    Understand and leverage cultural differences. Attendees will discuss how to cultivate their CQ (Cultural Intelligence) to create diverse networks, teams and Boards. CQ exercise.


    Andrea Hendricks
    Assistant Vice President, Deputy Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion 
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

    Effective Leadership in a Multi-generational Workplace 

    The American workforce has four generations currently employed, which is creating interesting office dynamics. With economic headwinds, recruiting issues and pressure for productivity, it’s important to understand the characteristics these generations present and most importantly how to be effective in your leadership with them. The presenter will provide a presentation on ideas and observations to build a more cohesive work experience and motivate improvements in the workplace culture. 

    Dionne King 
    Chief Executive Officer and Strategic Consultant 
    Dionne M. King Consulting


    Cyber and data security remain a priority for banks. Criminals are constantly searching for creative new ways to obtain money from banks and customers through fraud and cybersecurity vulnerabilities. And as consumers and businesses rely more on electronic devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones to bank and shop online, vulnerabilities increase. This session will address IT trends, regulator guidance, InTREx, common IT exam findings, and Payments fraud.

    Nida Davis 
    Associate Director & Banking Supervision Chief Technology Officer 
    Federal Reserve Board

  • 4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Break
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Leadership Lessons from the Top: A Discussion with Bank Leaders

    Senior level bank leaders will cover many topics important to banking today, including leadership, career navigation, mergers and acquisitions, increased regulations and the health of the banking industry.  This will be a moderated panel discussion with additional time for audience questions.


    Todd Greene | Moderator 
    Vice President, Community & Economic Development
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

    Dana Abraham 
    President, Private Wealth Management 
    UMB Financial 

    Guillermo Diaz-Rousselot 
    President and Chief Executive Officer 
    Continental National Bank 
    Former Board Member, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta-Miami Branch Board

    Chris Turner 
    President and Chief Financial Officer
    The First State Bank 
    Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
  • 6:30 - 8 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Address

    Seven Secrets to Become the Leader You Never Thought You Could Be

    With constant change increasing the pressure placed on all of us, how do you adapt to meet the needs of your team and your customers? How do you deal with the increased pressure to produce ever-improving results? How do you stop spending your days putting out fires? Simple: stop letting your title or organizational structure keep you from being a leader. With the coming changes in the financial services industry, we are going to need leaders at every level – no matter how much experience you have.  You don’t need a title to be a leader. You don’t need a corner office to think like a CEO. And you certainly don’t need an MBA. Each of us can do our jobs better by embracing the strategies that legendary leaders use every day. In this spirited and interactive keynote, you will learn seven secrets that great leaders apply to produce results. Find out how you can apply these same secrets to your job – even if you didn’t think you were a leader. Don't miss the opportunity to hear Josh Davies, CEO of The Center for Work Ethic Development, provide tools for increasing your organizational performance and individual success.

    Introduction of Speaker

    Anne Burnett
    Director, Financial Institution Outreach 
    Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond 

    Josh Davies
    Chief Executive Officer  
    Center for Work Ethic Development


  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks

    Brent Stewart
    President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Greater Kansas City 
    Member, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Board of Directors

  • 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. The U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy

    Esther George 
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

  • 9:45 - 10 a.m. Break
  • 10 - 11:15 a.m. The Road to Success: Navigating a Career in the Banking Industry

    A diverse group of officer and senior level bank leaders will share how they have successfully navigated their careers in banking and positioned themselves for success. This will be a moderated panel discussion with additional time for audience questions.

    Yvonne Sparks | Moderator 
    Assistant Vice President and Community Development Officer
    Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis 

    Sidney King
    Regional President, Kansas/Missouri Region 
    Liberty Bank 

    Shelley Marquez
    Senior Vice President and Community Relations Senior Manager, Wells Fargo 
    Former Council Member, Community Development Advisory Council, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

    Karama Neal 
    Chief Operating Officer, Southern Bancorp
    Community Partners 
    Board Member, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Little Rock Branch

  • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Peer Group Session and Roundtable Discussion Attendees will share their challenges and best practices with peers from various asset sizes in a small group. The purpose is to provide access to resources to help them manage the issues facing their bank. 
  • 11:45 - 12 p.m. Break
  • 12 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speaker

    Lively Paradox is a program that takes the most difficult part of diversity conversations to a personal level. In the most honest and kind way possible, participants learn to stop arguing with the reality that if you are unorthodox you must be exceptional. This program focuses on three key elements, which includes personal accountability, inspired purpose, passion & prowess, and strategic tactics (short term, long term, & aspirational).

    Introduction of Speaker

    Todd Greene 
    Vice President, Community & Economic Development 
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 

    Nicole Price
    Author and Chief Executive Officer 
    Lively Paradox

  • 1:45 - 2 p.m. Closing Remarks

    Closing remarks will provide the audience with a recap and summary of the event, highlights and recognition to attendees and partners, and provide any departing housekeeping and announcements.

    Chantell Garrett
    Senior Stakeholder Engagement Advisor  
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

  • 2 p.m. Adjourn