General Session Speakers

Lead to Inspire Peak Performance
Alex Weber, Coach and American Ninja Warrior

8:30-9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 24

Alex knows leadership. As an awarded and championship winning coach, Alex knows what it means to rally others around a vision, inspire peak performance, and dedicate a team to execute a strategy for success. From decades of elite-level athletics to becoming one of the youngest coaches ever to win US Lacrosse Coach of the Year, Alex breaks down his core belief for extraordinary leadership. The brand of leadership that not only gets the job done but surpasses expectations. Wherever you are at in your leadership journey, this keynote will empower you to become an extraordinary leader. This uplifting, energetic, and entertaining keynote is perfect for those looking to inspire peak performance for themselves and their organization.


Communicate More Effectively with Your Boss, Your Staff and Your Customers
Terri Thomas, KBA Senior Vice President

10:15-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 24

Today’s financial institutions understand that in order to compete, they must build and maintain successful team cultures. Unfortunately, pitfalls, if not understood and properly managed, cannot only hinder a financial institution from meeting its goals but can create a negative and even hostile, environment for management, employees and customers alike. Learn how perception influences our day-to-day interactions with others, as well as how to identify and work with various social styles in order to establish successful relationships with your coworkers and customers.


Give Peace a Chance
Mike Henke, Business Training and Consulting

3:20-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24

In today’s workplace, there is more diversity than ever, from the standard definition of the word to generational differences to polarizing personalities. In this session learn how to create a positive workplace environment that incorporates teamwork in all situations, including solving conflict with others. Also, learn how to decrease stress at work and gain a new understanding of how to keep harassment out of the workplace. Learn all of these tools and more to “Keep the Peace!”


Working the Game of Office Politics
Dr. Celina Peerman, The Peerman Group

8:20-9:20 a.m. Wednesday, March 25

Professionalism, integrity, and influence are critical in successfully navigating any organizational landscape. While office politics can be negative, it is vital that we learn more about using power for positive outcomes, recognize how power and politics can be helpful, and ensure we don't get caught in conflicting relationships that don't represent us as the professionals we want to be. This upbeat and interactive session will have some important takeaways that anyone can apply to ensure our teams are as strong as they can be.


Five Components of Extraordinary Teams
Lee Rubin, Lee Rubin Speaks

10:45 a.m. -Noon Wednesday, March 25

Machines are evaluated based on the output of the entire unit, not the impressiveness of their individual parts. Extraordinary teams, like great machines, require certain components that hold their pieces together. Although most organizations focus exclusively on building the skills of their individual members, elite organizations invest in the “stuff” that transforms a collection of talented individuals into extraordinary, machine-like teams. This presentation shares insights, examples and humor to motivate individuals to take their respective teams to the next level.

Breakout Session Speakers

Developing a Talent Pipeline
Jackie Rolow, SHAZAM

12:45-1:45 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 24

Financial institutions across the country are struggling to recruit and retain talent. Are you looking for an established pipeline of entry-level candidates? What if we told you there is a great way to find future employees and grow your own talent? It’s a recruiting tool that allows you to test-drive the talent your organization needs, effectively manage your workflow, and help grow your business to accomplish future objectives. In this session participants will learn how to develop talent partnerships and create a program that mutually benefits their company and community.

Lead Yourself First
Alex Weber, Coach and American Ninja Warrior

12:45-1:45 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 24

This session focuses on how each person can truly become the most engaging, impactful, and successful leader they can be…the leader that operates at their highest ability, confidently embracing challenges and preparing their organization for success in an unknown future.

How to Keep Your Rock Stars
Mike Henke, Business Training and Consulting

12:45-1:45 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 24

What employees look for continues to change, and the new three keys to retention are shared, as well as strategies for how to implement them. Learn why pay did not make the list, why you think that it should, and how pay really affects retention. Hear why the relationship to your immediate supervisor is very important and how to develop more loyalty from employees from all generations!

HR For Non-HR Managers
Dr. Celina Peerman, The Peerman Group

9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 25

Human Resources is more than a department. When 60, 70 or 80% of our operating costs are PEOPLE, human resources is everyone’s responsibility. This session will help everyday leaders understand the importance of the talent management process, legal requirements, and why their work is critical not only to keeping a qualified productive workforce, but the overall risk management and performance of the organization, too.

Non-Executive Compensation Concerns
Matt Brei, Blanchard Consulting Group

9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 25

This session will focus on helping supervisors and HR professionals sort through some of the compensation-related challenges they may encounter outside of the executive level. Discussion topics include pay equity regulations, setting job grades, and determining base salary and appropriate raises for employees. We will provide information on conducting market research using industry surveys, using market research to establish and set salary grades, and linking salary increases and performance to positioning in a salary grade. Also discussed will be such items as FLSA job classifications (exempt vs. non-exempt) and effectively writing job descriptions.