Leadership Conference is the IBAT Leadership Division’s annual flagship event. It provides an opportunity for IBAT members to receive education and leadership development while strengthening the industry through personal connections. This event offers focused leadership training, networking opportunities, and hot topic general and breakout sessions in addition to exhibitor demos. It is family friendly and filled with entertainment opportunities for all, including a golf tournament, kid’s money camp and family fun night. 

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Featured Speakers & Sessions

Anne Grady
Fail Faster! Building Resilient Leaders

Agility, grit, and resilience are the new leadership currency. Have you ever thought about all the massively successful products, creations and innovations we enjoy today because their inventors/creators were able to consistently bounce back and overcome failure?

Failure is a hot topic in the business world today. That’s because we are starting to recognize that failure is information, and it comes with valuable lessons, if we can shift our viewpoint to see and embrace them. One of the key ways to do this is to build resilience in our organizations, and the way to do that is by building more resilient leaders and employees.

Lyle Sussman, PhD
Business Ethics, Wells Fargo and Mickey Gilley: Why All New Accounts Look Profitable at Closing Time

When the news broke about 2,000,000 fraudulent accounts at Wells Fargo, it employed 269,000 people.  It also had a formal code of ethics.  Why were there not 269,000 whistleblowers? I will answer this question in this informative and entertaining presentation by highlighting Mickey Gilley’s profound wisdom:  "ain't it funny, ain’t  it strange, the way a man's opinions change when he starts to face that lonely night."  Relying on codes of ethics to constrain unethical behavior without addressing the human frailty during “lonely nights” of administrative, personal and financial pressures is a fool’s errand.  You will walk out of this presentation with strategies for transforming codes of ethics into behavioral realities. Thank you, Mickey.

Holly Hoffman 
 Never Give Up!  The Survivor Way

As we survive life's challenges, we come face to face with fear and uncertainty.  Challenges may allow us to step out of our comfort zone and push ourselves above and beyond our own self-limitations.  It is how we choose to overcome challenges that make us who we are.  It is our strength in times of difficulty that prove our character and self-worth.  As I share with you an experience that I had, that not only pushed my physically but mentally, I encourage you to think about how you decide to survive on a daily basis.  I will encourage you to think about six words to develop your survival skills.  With my six simple words, you can take on any challenge you are faced with.  Adversity is not so much contending with problems as it is learning more about who you are and what is inside of you.  Join me and explore what your true survival skills are

Matt Birk
Lead With Character

By unpacking the complicated and often misunderstood concept of character, a relationship-based approach to leadership will promote well-being and foster resilience throughout any organization, from top to bottom.  Learn how this scientifically-backed leadership system will strengthen the climate of your company.



June 13, 2018
11:30am-1:30pm Associate Member Advisory Council Meeting
1:00pm-6:30pm Leadership Division Board of Directors Meeting
Conference Registration
Exhibitor Tabletop Setup
Leadership Board of Directors Reception and Dinner
June 14, 2018
Golf Breakfast
8:00am-1:00pm Golf Tournament
Conference Registration
9:00am-12:00pm Optional Workshop
Exhibitor Tabletops
General Session: Fail Faster! Building Resilient Leaders (Anne Grady)
General Session
Kids Camp
General Session
Opening Reception with Exhibitors
June 15, 2018
7:30am-Noon Registration
Buffet Breakfast
Exhibitor Tabletops
General Session: Business Ethics, Wells Fargo and Mickey Gilley (Lyle Sussman, PhD)
Refreshment Break
10:00am-11:00am Hot Topic Breakouts
11:00am-11:15am Refreshment Break
General Session
Optional Workshop 
Afternoon Free
Hospitality Suites
Friday Night Family Fun: Dinner & Dancing
June 16 , 2018
8:00am-9:00am Pancake Breakfast with the Family
9:00am-11:00am Closing General Session

2018 Sponsors 

2018 Exhibitors

Accubranch LLC
Accume Partners
Advantage Health Plans Trust
The Baker Group
Bank Compensation Consulting
Bankers Digest
Catalyst Financial Company
Deluxe Corporation
Deluxe Payroll
Diebold Nixdorf
Eide Bailly

Fitech Payments

Garland Heart
Glory Global Solutions
IBAT Financial Services
IBAT Services Inc.
Promontory Interfinancial Network, LLC
PULSE, a Discover Company
S&P Global
SWE Homes
Top Flite Financial, Inc.
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