Join other women leaders in the financial services sector for Banking and the Economy: A Forum for Women in Banking. Get ready for engaging sessions around banking and economic updates, and leadership and professional development.

About This Event:

This virtual forum is hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch, in partnership with:

  • Wyoming Bankers Association
  • Colorado Bankers Association
  • Independent Bankers of Colorado
  • Independent Community Banker Association of New Mexico

See the full list of speaker and panelist biographies PDFhere.

Who should attend?

Mid-level management and senior-level women leaders in the banking industry.

Note: Registration for the event is now closed.

CPE Credit:

For instructions on how to receive up to 5.5 CPE credit for your participation and more information on the learning objectives, visit this webpage.


Day 1:

Welcome and Opening

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

Taking the Lead: An Economic Update with Esther George

Join Esther L. 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. She will share her thoughts on the current state of the economy and personal insights from her leadership journey in central banking.

Esther L. George
President and Chief Executive Officer (2011-2023), Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Bank Technology and Customer Expectations

As customer expectations continue to change based on their digital experiences, banks are adapting. In this session, learn about key areas impacting banks, what digital transformation means to your bank and how embracing a culture of innovation supports your initiatives.

Lisa Gold Schier, Senior Vice President of Business Innovation and Endorsed Solutions
American Bankers Association

It’s Up to Us: The Importance in Advocating for Women in Banking

Being a woman in banking means a lot of different things in 2021 – from juggling the balance of careers and family, dealing with potential burnout, to making strides in a male dominated industry. In this session, you'll be inspired to advocate for the women on your team, challenged to bring up the next generation of women in banking, and will receive some direct take-aways that you can put into practice immediately.

Natalie Bartholomew
Chief Impact Officer, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Oklahoma, Owner/Host of The Girl Banker Blog/Podcast

Stepping Up and Taking Action: Facilitated Breakout Sessions

Join other attendees in small groups to discuss how to implement and advance practices in the workplace to advocate for women in banking.


Day 2:

Banking Conditions Update

Hear updates on banking conditions in the nation and Tenth District, including information on credit conditions and how banks have performed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will also discuss emerging risk issues facing depository institutions.

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

Leading the Way

Success takes hard work, dedication, and sometimes an unconventional approach. Hear success stories from top women leaders in the banking industry who have turned a challenge into a success story.

Jenifer Waller
| Moderator President, Colorado Bankers Association
Kim DeVore
| Panelist President and Chief Executive Officer, Jonah Bank, Wyoming
Rachel Gerlach
| Panelist Chief Credit Officer, Alpine Bank, Colorado
Sheila Mathews
| Panelist President and Chief Executive Officer, Four Corners Community Bank, New Mexico

Courageous Leadership for Women: The Unwritten Rules of Success

Building your career has never been more difficult than it is right now. As the live/virtual hybrid working world continues, we are all challenged with what specific actions we can take to ensure we are seen, heard and most importantly effective against our goals. As a recovering corporate executive and successful entrepreneur herself, Cindy knows the challenges of juggling customer needs, employee engagement and the bottom line. Based on over 20 years of work with a who’s who of corporate America, this session is designed to provide you with the steps you need to build your impact, your results and your career.

Cindy Solomon
Founder, The Courageous Leadership Institute

Making it Real: Purposeful Networking

Take what we learned and make it real within our own work. In this fast-paced and interactive session, you'll have the opportunity to work with a small group of your peers to practice the skills shared and build your courage for what's next! Don't miss out on this opportunity to get a jumpstart on building your Courageous Leadership.

Cindy Solomon
Founder, The Courageous Leadership Institute