Young Bankers Leadership Virtual Series

The Young Bankers Leadership Virtual Series from the Missouri Bankers Association features five live sessions that will educate, enlighten and re-energize your professional goals and development. We invite all bankers to participate.

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DE&I Landscape for Community Banks

Naomi Mercer

Naomi Mercer, SVP, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, American Bankers Association
2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and social change movements, a deliberate, effective approach to diversity, equity and inclusion is more of a business imperative for banks than ever and an important reflection of community commitment. Naomi discusses the role DE&I issues have played in the crises and how banks can refocus on DEI moving forward. Bankers will develop a deeper understanding of DE&I, how to get started or move forward with initatives in your bank and how to help build a more inclusive future for banking.

The New Normal: Five Patterns that Will Change and Five that Might

Chris Kuehl Armada Corporate Intelligence

Chris Kuehl, Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1

The five areas that will see change (in Chris’ estimation) will be global supply chain, employment patterns, use of technology for work and at home, role and reach of government and status of globalization. The five that might would include consumer behavior, state of capital and lending markets, role of education and training, political direction and orientation and the role of the medical community.

This presentation is designed to be more forecast centered and to pose strategic questions as opposed to reporting on the latest nuance in the economy and the latest development in the virus battle. If there are significant developments in either sphere, Chris will address these.

Recording Available for All Access Pass

Leveraging Fundamism Through Seasons of Change

Paul LongPaul Long, FUNDAMISM

What’s GOOD?! The World Health Organization states there has been a 13% rise in mental health conditions over the last decade. That number doesn’t reflect the most recent challenges our world has faced. Individuals around the globe are longing for human connection in an environment that’s leaning more heavily on virtual interactions. 

What commitment are you willing to make to help your staff create more meaningful relationships to improve mindset, productivity and organizational culture? Ultimately, are you willing to focus more on what’s GOOD as opposed to what isn’t?

Paul provides participants real-life, tactical methods that will help generate improved quality of life. If (according to the WHO) approximately one in five people in post-conflict settings has a mental health condition, we should prepare ourselves with how to effectively handle these situations in a time riddled with conflict. Arming individuals with the necessary techniques to interrupt negative brain patterns and replace them with thoughts of joy, FUN and fulfillment could be a life-altering moment for many in your organization. 

Embracing the Servant Leader Within You

Cassi ChandlerCassi Chandler, Founder and CEO, Vigeo Alliance

Servant leaders contribute to the well-being of teams and the community by motivating and inspiring others. Cassi highlights key considerations and action steps for improving the effectiveness of a leader’s organization through personal action by the leader beginning with empathy; focusing on the ability to identify and build on shared team values; establishing an inclusive vision; and embracing mentoring, sponsoring and other opportunities to support and build team members.

Leading for Tomorrow, Today

Sean Payant, HaberfeldSean Payant, Chief Consulting Officer, Haberfeld

From technology changes to COVID-19, true leadership for tomorrow must happen today. Regardless of your position, leadership is about operating with integrity, adapting to the needs of others and modeling what’s expected. Sean guides bankers in creating a vision for the banking industry, understanding how core values guide us, exploring leadership principles and reviewing the results of strategic execution in community banking.

For More Information

Contact the MBA Education Department at 573-636-8151 or email.



We thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions for the Young Bankers Leadership Virtual Series.

Gold Sponsors

BKD CPA & Advisors

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

Graduate School of Banking - Wisconsin

Silver Sponsor

Midwest Independent Bankers Bank

Registration Fees

  • MBA Member - $450 per person
    • Fee includes handout materials for all five sessions. Session recordings are not included.
  • MBA Member Bank All-Access Pass - $1,000
    • Bank pays one fee of $1,000 for all employees, officers and directors to attend all five sessions.
    • Fee includes handout materials and session recordings of all five sessions.
    • Please register all employees attending through the All-Access Pass or send a list with name and email to MBA.
  • Nonmember Fee - $1,800 per person
    • Fee includes handout materials for all five sessions. Session recordings are not included.

MBA will issue an invoice based on initial registrations from a bank. Following the online seminar, we will review the attendee list and if additional bank employees attend, we will send a second invoice based on the pricing below to reconcile the difference.


Full refunds will be granted for cancellations received at MBA’s office by Friday, Sept. 25. After this date, an administrative fee of $30 per canceled registration will be retained. Cancellations will not be accepted after Monday, Oct. 5, and no refunds will be given. Substitutions are always permitted.

Webinar Instructions

The sessions will be presented through GoToWebinar or Zoom platforms. We recommend that you join us via computer - PC, Mac, iPad, or Android device. You will receive a confirmation email two days before the session with login information.