About this event

Event topics will include:

  • Panel with top leaders in America
  • Economic updates
  • Professional development conversations
  • Diversity and inclusion strategies
  • Virtual networking opportunities
  • And much more!

See the full list of speaker and panelist biographies External Linkhere.


Who should attend?

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

Event details


Zoom Webinar

CPE Credits

For instructions on how to receive CPE credits for your participation and more information on each qualifying session’s learning objectives, please access External Linkthis form.

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: External Linkwww.nasbaregistry.org.


Sept. 21, 2020

12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Creating an Edge: Making Your Hard Work Work Harder for You

  • Virtual

What is “edge”? If you are lucky enough to have it, you are endowed with a unique advantage. You execute faster, are confident, have experience and an established network, and are so naturally positioned that others want to help you move forward. Your path to success is lubricated. If you don’t have this naturally, how do you create your own edge? In this talk, Laura Huang will teach you how to recognize the advantages you do have, and by using not only your strengths, but also adversity, hardship, and biases against you to work in your favor.

Laura Huang
Professor and Author of Edge, Harvard Business School

Sept. 22, 2020

8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Coffee & the Economy

  • Virtual

Start your day off with a cup of coffee and updates from leading Federal Reserve financial experts and economists. In short presentations followed by live Q&A sessions, you will hear cutting-edge research on the national outlook, the impact of COVID-19 on the real estate market and financially distressed groups, and the capital raising experiences of minority depository institutions (MDIs) that are also Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

José Mustre-del-Río
Research and Policy Officer, Economic Research
Maude Toussaint-Comeau, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Domonic Purviance
Senior Financial Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Networking Event: Coffee & Connections

  • Virtual

Excited for the convenience of a virtual conference, but sad to miss out on meeting other attendees? We have you covered! Grab your second cup of coffee and join this brief morning session to meet other conference participants from your region. This engaging and interactive video session will allow you to connect with other minority professionals in an informal setting. Please note that participants will be asked to have their video on during this session to allow for more personal interactions.

*Separate registration is required. External LinkClick here to register.

Sept. 23, 2020

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

From Head to Heart: Where do we go from here?

  • Viral

The Financial Services Industry is where People of Color often face decisions that call them to lead with both head and heart. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed business areas for a "win-win" opportunity to support both the balance sheet and income statement of your community while increasing access to roads that lead to long term sustainable minority wealth. Dr. Pamela Jolly, an international speaker and strategist, will share her compelling work on being empowered to bring your legacy and culture to your position to expand the scope of what is possible in the exciting times we live. Learn how your organization's value chain can connect both head and heart with your community. Explore innovative ways to navigate the unchartered territories of greater inclusion and methods to translate new ideas by leveraging your unique perspective and cultural sensitivity to consumers and communities' realities.

Pamela Jolly
Founder & CEO, Torch Enterprises Inc.
5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

The Banker Film: A Conversation - Real Then and Real Now

  • Virtual

This provocative 90-minute session will center on the 2020 film, “The Banker,” based on the true story of how two African American entrepreneurs in the 1950s hire a white man to pose as the head of their company so they can help other African Americans pursue the American dream. Attendees are encouraged to watch the movie prior to attending but are not required to in order to participate. Join this thoughtful interactive discussion on financial inclusion that will be led by experienced financial industry trailblazers and leaders.

Nikki R. Lanier
Senior Vice President & Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch
Brian E. Argrett
President & CEO, City First Bank of DC
Keith Drake
Senior Vice President & Regional Manager, Torrey Pines Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC
Jaki Gardnerat
Consultant, Risk & Regulatory Consulting (RRC)
11:30 a.m. 12:45 p.m.

Covering, Intersectionality, and Allyship: Finding and Activating Your Voice in the Workplace

  • Virtual

To give their fullest contribution, employees must feel they can bring their full selves to work; however, research shows many do not feel comfortable doing so. They are spending valuable energy every day minimizing or managing aspects of their own diversity – of identity, background, experience – in order to succeed. This takes a particular toll on diverse talent – women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities – at a time when organizations are struggling to recruit, retain, and develop those same individuals. But all of us, and the business, pay the price.

As we navigate our new reality in the months since the health crisis and the black lives matter movement, and as we elevate conversations about race, equity and privilege, we have an unprecedented opportunity in this moment to come together around our shared experiences, and to work together as allies, advocates and accomplices, to create cultures of inclusion where all kinds of talent feel welcome.

Jennifer Brown envisions inclusive organizations where all of us can thrive. Her consulting firm guides some of the world’s largest companies in their diversity efforts. An acclaimed keynoter and podcaster (The Will to Change), Jennifer’s award-winning latest book, How to Be an Inclusive Leader, calls on allies and advocates everywhere to activate their voice.

Jennifer Brown
President, CEO, & Founder, Jennifer Brown Consulting
1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Systemic Racism: Leaving Talent on the Table & Shortchanging Our Economy

  • Virtual

Systemic racism restricts economic and educational opportunities for many Americans and constrains our country's economic potential. Join a discussion between two senior banking authorities on the continuing impact of systemic racism, the moral and economic imperative to end these destructive practices, and solutions for moving America forward.

Mike Johnson
Executive Vice President of Supervision, Regulation & Credit, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Raphael Bostic
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Raymond McGuire
Vice Chairman (Citigroup) & Chairman (Banking Capital Markets and Advisor), Citigroup & Banking Capital Markets and Advisor
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Networking Event: Conference Conversations – Review & Recap Together!

Join a breakout conversation to meet other conference attendees and discuss the exciting content shared during earlier sessions including diversity and inclusion, leadership, and banking/economic updates. This engaging and interactive video session will allow you to connect with other minority professionals and experts to have enriching conversations. Participants will be asked to utilize audio and video to allow for more personal interactions.

*Separate registration is required. External LinkClick here to register.

Sept. 25, 2020

9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Leadership in a Time of Crisis Panel Discussion

  • Virtual

Leadership is often tested during a time of crisis which makes this conversation timelier than ever. Join Joanne Kim, Mariel Arraiza, and Robert James II leaders from the financial services industry, for insights around a leader’s role during a crisis. This important conversation will include strategies for communicating during a crisis, how to guide and support organizations and employees, as well as the role financial services organizations have in supporting consumers and communities.

André Anderson of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
First Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Joanne Kim
President & CEO, Commonwealth Business Bank
Mariel Arraiza
Senior Vice President (Banco Popular Puerto Rico) & (Eloan) Managing Director, Banco Popular Puerto Rico & Eloan
Robert James II
Director, Strategic Initiatives at Carver State Bank
10:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Making it Stick: Your Post Forum Action Plan

  • Virtual

One of the greatest challenges attendees face after participating in motivating, inspiring and empowering learning sessions, is how to make all the great information stick when they get back to their desk on Monday morning. Adult learning expert Jeff Hurt said: “The real work [of learning] actually begins when the education session ends. The real work is the effort the learner uses to transfer and apply the new knowledge and skills so that it improves their performance… The most effective learning programs move the finish line to several weeks or even months after the education session.” In this session Urban Financial Services Coalition will share its best practices for creating an action plan to follow up on what attendees have learned; follow up with new colleagues met during the conference and how to leverage community for accountability.

Ditu Kasuyi
Advisory Board President, Urban Financial Service Coalition