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The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) strives to create and uphold an environment that allows community banks to grow in a sustainable and profitable manner. Community banks compose 99 percent of American banks, currently employing more than 760,000 and holding almost $5 trillion in assets. The ICBA National Live Convention is where experts showcase upcoming trends relevant to community banks in marketing, investment, fintech, loans, and more. Bankers not only engage in high powered networking but also gain actionable insights and create a platform to up-skill themselves.
ICBA’s annual convention in Nashville, to be held this year at the Music City Convention Center (March 18-22), hosts the biggest assembly of community bankers in the globe. The Nashville convention acts as a short training program for prospective community bankers and invites veteran bankers to share their experiences. Furthermore, the event consists of more than 60 educational sessions, meetings with hundreds of innovators and industry trendsetters, and provisions for entertainment and fine dining.
This hugely popular event is designed to inform bankers of the latest developments, market trends, regulations, and investment opportunities. Additionally, the convention brings community bankers and technology vendors together. As many attendees hold extremely crucial roles in community banks across the country, the convention presents many opportunities for networking and business development.
What You Can Expect
The live convention offers a space where bankers can communicate, brainstorm, and absorb the best of each other’s ideas. Bankers can attend large group sessions such as community bank roundtables, general sessions, and education learning labs. For more focused solutions and one-on-one interaction, the convention offers ‘engage with experts’ sessions, thrift roundtables, a Thinktech mixer, and more. Indeed, the convention is a great place to communicate with experts from different domains, especially if you are a banking executive looking to streamline talent flow, tech efficiency, and customer service.
Here’s What You Can Explore
The live convention offers exceptional management and tactical sessions with key focuses on marketing, business strategies, and banking trends. Attendees can hone their leadership skills by attending sessions on personal growth and pick the brains of loan experts on how to navigate today’s retail environment. With the growing importance of technology, bankers can learn how to develop their brands and connect with their customers using tools such as social media. Additional workshops include sessions on new revenue streams, ways to expand one’s institution and new technology solutions.
The ICBA live session is in many ways, a leadership summit. The session brings together leading experts who invent brand new concepts and introduce innovative banking paradigms. This year’s panel has a rockstar line-up with experts in leadership, innovation and financial services. The general session will feature the humanoid superstar Sophia the Robot, John O’Leary, whose book ‘On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life’ sold more than 120,000 copies worldwide and renowned speaker Vinh Gian on how magic can “unlock your mind.”
In addition, the former White House CIO and Cybersecurity Authority Theresa Payton will speak on the importance of cybersecurity in modern banking. Payton has been named among the top 50 cybersecurity professionals, having supervised cybersecurity operations under President George W. Bush.
Individual growth and development are a key priority of the program. The convention will host the Who You Are > What You Do session, led by Grant Baldwin, creator of The Speaker Lab. Addressing a broad audience, the session will give practical and creative solutions on how to balance personal life with professional goals and combat stress. Targeting upcoming executives, Baldwin will lead another session titled “Be a Difference Maker.” Baldwin’s interactive session will address how to re-prioritize career goals and see the big picture as a leader.
On the afternoon of March 18, attendees will get a chance to connect with community bankers from across the country at the Welcome Reception. More than a meet-and-greet, the reception will feature more than 200 innovators sharing banking strategies and economic trends. You can ask questions, engage with experts, all the while enjoying a beverage.
The Denim and Diamonds: 30th Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser will be held on March 20 at 5 p.m. The silent auction might just be the swankiest event you’ll end up going to this year. The event aims to raise funds for the National Federal Political Action Committee which oversees the success of the community banking industry. This silent auction is a black tie event and an ICBA staple.
A Night to Celebrate is scheduled for the final night at Nashville’s popular live-music joint Wildhorse Saloon. From barbecue to dancing, attendees show up in their fanciest dancing boots and party as they depart for another year.
Find Us There
Besides the stellar educational and entertainment line-up, you’ll also find the MonJa team at our booth (#218). Come say hi and check out our new tech (loan underwriting automation) at MonJa which is transforming the community banking industry.
This year, every banker who attends the ICBA Live will get an opportunity to win incredible prizes during the ICBA Expo. There is also a Mad Dash for Cash game cards, which will be given out to all convention attendees (instructions and details will be a part of your welcome packet). Last but not least, the MonJa team will have some fun games, a spinning wheel with prizes and a raffle to win a 2nd generation ECHO PLUS! Please stop by our booth (#218) to participate. We are excited to see you next week in Nashville.