2022 MBA Women Bankers Conference

General Session Speakers

Lisa MillsLaughter You Can Bank On
Lisa Mills
Lisa Mills Speaks

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9

Today’s banking professionals are all working toward leading and serving in a way that brings excellence to the forefront of their organization. However, many of them face daily obstacles that have very little to do with banking in a traditional sense. Embracing constant changes, developing strong teams and integrating solutions while genuinely connecting with those they lead and serve can be overwhelming. 

As an executive director turned professional comedian and speaker, Lisa Mills has discovered a very simple truth: laughter equals connection and connection equals trust. For a moment, consider what the power of connection means in your business. Advertisers, marketers and researchers all know that connection in business equals profitability. There is absolutely no substitute for trust built through connection.

In this interactive session, discover how to create an environment where your team readily gives their best. You’ll have a blast using the principles of comedy to discover four extraordinary strategies for creating connection that leads to incredible customer service and exchanges work-life stress for work-life success!

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Sherene McHenry

How to Re-engage Your Team After a Pandemic
Sherene McHenry, Ph.D., CSP, LPC
The People IQ Expert

10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9

Did you know that women head less than 1% of today’s Fortune 1000 companies? Do you look around you and wonder about the values, skills and future of today’s new bankers? Highly effective leaders strategically mentor, and great mentees make the most of each learning opportunity. In this fast-paced, interactive presentation, Sherene McHenry explores the value of women in guiding tomorrow’s bankers and provides practical tips for maximizing mentoring relationships. 

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Joe Micallef, Grow UP Sales

Be the Confident & Courageous Champion your Colleagues, Customers and Competitors will Admire
Joe Micallef, Sales Strategist & Coach
Grow UP Sales

12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9

The finance industry offers extraordinary opportunities for bankers to achieve great success, yet many bankers struggle to confidently distinguish themselves and capitalize on these opportunities. During this enlightening presentation, Joe Micallef will share insights from his successful 30-year banking career to help bankers build, and admirably convey, greater confidence by effectively overcoming any obstacles or limiting beliefs that are prohibiting their success. 

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Chris Kuehl, Armada Corporate Intelligence

Inflation, Recession and Rates - OH MY!
Chris Kuehl, Managing Director
Armada Corporate Intelligence

2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9

With apologies to Frank Oz, it does seem like we are straying from that promised yellow brick road. The roaring growth of 2021 has given way to serious declines in 2022 because of the Ukraine war’s energy crisis, COVID’s supply chain collapse and the emergence of a labor crisis that has been years in the making. How will we react, and what will that mean for 2022 and beyond? There is panic in the air, but is it justified? 

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Holly Hoffman, Survivor Contestant

Lead Simply - Model. Connect. Involve.
Holly Hoffman from CBS' Survivor

3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9

Leadership is not complex. Leadership at its core is simple, but not always easy. A simple leadership framework consists of three words: model, connect, involve. True leadership is not just words, it’s action. We must model the behavior we want to see, connect with the people you lead and involve them as much as possible. During this presentation, you will identify and discover what you want to see more and less of in your leadership skills to create that special team of people.

“Great leaders don’t tell you what to do, they show you how it’s done.”
— Unknown  

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Executive Panel Discussion

8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10

Female leaders have many of the same qualities as their male colleagues, especially an ability to set high goals and inspire others to fulfill them. But women are different in some ways that make them valuable additions to decision-making teams. Join us to learn from our panel of bankers from varying communities and bank sizes as they share their story of leadership from a woman’s perspective.  


Kat PerkinsFearless Success
Kat Perkins from NBC's The Voice

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10

Kat Perkins expands on the world of being an entrepreneur beyond the well-oiled machine of reality television. How do you STAY successful In the professional world and within your personal goals? Kat takes you on her journey from “then” to “now” and shares how you can find fearless success in all aspects of your life.  

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Kat Perkins and Holly HoffmanWe Got This ... Together!
Holly Hoffman and Kat Perkins

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10

Women are all different. We have different personalities, different occupations, different lifestyles, different sizes, and we are at different points in our lives. There is ONE THING we all have in common — we all have a lot on our plates! We are professional jugglers ... work, family, friends, house, health … our to-do lists are endless. Holly and Kat will help you empower today for the reality of tomorrow! We Got This … Together!

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