Banking and the Economy: A Forum for Women in Banking

October 23, 2020

This forum is designed uniquely for women in the banking and financial services sectors across the Midwest to provide industry and leadership development knowledge that will enhance their careers and networks.

About this event

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, in partnership with the Oklahoma Bankers Association and Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma, invites you to virtually join Banking and the Economy: A Forum for Women in Banking virtually on Friday, October 23. The forum is designed to gather women from across the Midwest who are leaders in the financial services and banking sectors and deliver industry, leadership and professional development experiences that will enhance their careers and networks.

Topics include:

  • Panel on allyship with top leaders in the Midwest
  • Banking and economic updates
  • Professional development and leadership strategies
  • Virtual networking opportunities
  • ...and more!

Click here to view the full biographies of the conference speakers and panelists.

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Who should attend?

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

Event details

Date Location
October 23, 2020 Zoom Webinar


Register to attend this event.
Information to access the event on the Zoom webinar platform will be provided shortly before and during the week of the event.

Registration Deadline: October 20, 2020

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CPE Credits

By attending the 2020 Banking and the Economy: A Forum for Women in Banking, you can earn 3 Professional Development, 1 Specialized Knowledge and Applications, and 1 Economics CPE credits for which no prerequisite is required.

Field of Study: Personal Development, Specialized Knowledge and Applications, and Economics
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Live
Learning Objective: To provide women bank leaders with industry, leadership and professional development knowledge that will enhance their careers and networks.

For instructions on how to receive CPE credits for your participation and more information on each qualifying session’s learning objectives, please access this form. For information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and program cancellations, please contact Lisa Aquino at 816.881.2491.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Contact Information

Chloe Davidson
Senior Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

Coffee and Connections

  • 9 - 9:50 a.m.

    Excited for the convenience of a virtual conference, but still want the opportunity to meet other attendees? We have you covered! Grab a cup of coffee and join this brief morning session to meet other conference participants. Please note that participants are encouraged to turn their video on for this session to allow for more personal interactions.

Mentors, Sponsors and Champions: Strategies to Building Your Personal Board of Directors

  • 10 - 10:30 a.m.

    A Personal Board of Directors is comprised of people regularly consulted for professional and personal guidance. Their defined roles and diverse skills, experiences, networks and demographics combine to produce real results that lead to personal and professional achievements. Join Tammy Edwards to learn strategies to design your own Personal Board of Directors and position yourself for success.

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    Tammy Edwards, Senior Vice President of Community Engagement and Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Banking Conditions Update

  • 10:40 - 11:30 a.m.

    Hear updates on banking conditions in the nation and Tenth District, including information on bank sector performance, bank risk factors, and the Federal Reserve’s Supervision response to the pandemic. This presentation is intended to equip bankers with insights that will be useful in planning for their institution’s long-term success. 

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    Tara Humston, Senior Vice President, Supervision and Risk Management, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Lunch and Economic Outlook with Esther George

  • 12 - 12:50 p.m.

    Join Esther George, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and the region’s representative on the Federal Open Market Committee in Washington, D.C. for an interactive conversation. In this session, Esther will share her thoughts on the current state of the economy and career lessons from over three-decades in central banking that have informed her insights.

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

Coffee Lunch Coffee: Five Steps for Networking Success

  • 1 - 1:50 p.m.

    It’s a fact – people like to do business with others who they know, like and trust. It’s all about relationships. The Coffee Lunch Coffee Networking Platform provides a relevant, immediately actionable approach to professional networking to help you achieve your goals.
    This session will provide participants with tools and strategies for successful networking, including:

    • Build relationships - Connect with others, get involved in your community, and advance your career.
    • Realize Your Strategic Vision - Establish an evergreen, action-oriented approach to strategic planning through facilitated dialogue.
    • Achieve Your Revenue Goals - Foster stronger business relationships to achieve your bottom-line goals.
    • Improve Your Reputation - Build relationships among current and prospective clients.
    • Enhance Internal Communication - Increase productive communication within your own firm.

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    Alana Muller, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Coffee Lunch Coffee

It’s Going to Take All of Us: Promoting gender equality and empowering women in the workplace through allyship

  • 2 - 2:50 p.m.

    Improving the equality of women in the workplace can be done with the help of male leaders. This panel discussion will explore how men can be allies to women by recognizing micro-aggressions, advocating for equitable and fair policies, and through mentoring and sponsoring. 

    Moderator, Susan Chapman Plumb, Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Cherokee County and Board of Directors of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch

    T. W. Shannon, Chief Executive Officer at Chickasaw Community Bank

    Chad Wilkerson, Vice President and Oklahoma City Branch Executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 

    Josh Rowland, President and Chief Executive Officer at Lead Bank


Where will your next generations of leaders come?

  • 3 - 3:50 p.m.

    The leadership of financial institutions is undergoing great change. Baby Boomer CEOs are developing, if they have not already, their succession plans and are moving towards retirement. Will there be a place for you at the top? This session explores historical trends of women in leadership and previews what demographics tell us about the potential opportunities. Participants will gain insight into the opportunities for leadership; explore ways to improve quality dialogue about the opportunities; self-assess their own areas of strength and opportunity; and prepare to develop an action plan for their own career development.

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    Elizabeth Oeltjenbruns, Performance Partner at the Center for Practical Management

Virtual Coin and Currency Experience

  • 4 - 4:30 p.m. Join VIP Money Museum Tour Guide, Eric Vollnogel, in a virtual experience where he will lead attendees through an interactive tour of historical currency and coin.

Online Special Virtual Exhibit: Banking on Her: The History of Women at the Kansas City Fed

  • Through struggle and protest, determination and might, the supporters for voting equal rights witnessed the fruit of their labor with ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18th, 1920. Since then, this nation has experienced a momentous transformation in the life and careers of all its citizens. Here at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the work of its female employees help the Bank to fulfill the mission of supporting the public’s interest through economic and financial stability. View this virtual exhibit to learn about the women who have historically and continue to serve at the Kansas City Fed.