In 2022, the Kansas City Fed partnered with the Federal Reserve System to host “Banking and the Economy” forums focused on diversity, inclusion, and leadership in the banking industry.

These annual forums support women and people of color in the financial services industry by providing professional development, networking options, and opportunities to increase their awareness of the Federal Reserve’s mission and resources. After two years of hosting the events virtually, both forums were offered in a hybrid format in 2022, allowing attendees to participate either in person or virtually.

In March, the Kansas City Fed hosted “Banking and the Economy: A Forum for Women in Banking” in Oklahoma City in partnership with the Oklahoma Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma. The event was attended by 176 women bank leaders representing 64 organizations from Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

In September, the Federal Reserve System’s seventh annual “Minorities in Banking” forum took place at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and virtually, convening 235 diverse bank leaders from 25 states and 68 organizations. Participants (pictured above) included Kansas City Fed Senior Vice President Tammy Edwards and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic.

Learn more about these forums and get registration details for future programs at