37th Annual Connecting Leaders Conference


IBAT’s Connecting Leaders Conference gives up-and-coming community bank leaders the opportunity to network, learn from and develop personal relationships with their peers and tenured leaders in the industry—all while enjoying family time in an informal setting. Members and staff both enjoy the unique aspects of this conference that make it unlike any other event throughout the year.

Keynote Speakers

Christopher Williston
Alex Sheen
"because I said I would." Movement

CEO Panel

Thomas C. Sellers
Alliance Bank, Sulphur Springs

Darla Rooke
Junction National Bank 

K. Kyle Irwin
Western Bank, Gruver 

2022 Tentative Agenda

Thursday, June 16
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Conference Registration
8:30-10:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00-11:30 a.m. Opening General Session: Keynote by Christopher Williston
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
  • IT/Cyber Track: AI – Intro to Banking and Beyond
  • Risk Management Track: What Risks are Keeping You Up at Night? (Panel)
  • Operations Track: HIGH Risk Customers – Banking Cannabis
  • Leadership Track: Climbing Out of the Box – The Next Decade Vision

2:15-3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions 
  • IT/Cyber Track: The Cost of Having Your Head in the CLOUD (Panel)
  • Risk Management Track: How's Your 1071 Temperature?
  • Operations Track: TBD
  • Leadership Track: The Language and Time of Leadership
3:15-6:00 p.m. Free for Family Afternoon
7:00 p.m. Night at the Ballpark: Round Rock Express v. Sugar Land Space Cowboys (Dell Diamond)
Friday, June 17
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Conference Registration
7:30-9:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
  • IT/Cyber Track: Held Hostage - Playbook for Ransomware Attacks 
  • Risk Management Track: Are You Fair and Reasonable? The 2022 Lending Landscape
  • Operations Track: What's Happening in Economic Sectors 
  • Leadership Track: Hybrid Leadership - Making an Impact With a Simple Change
 8:45-10:00 a.m. General Session: CEO Panel
10:00-10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45-11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
  • IT/Cyber Track: Down and Nerdy with Fintech (Live BHB Event)
  • Risk Management Track: Credit Policy Check-Up
  • Operations Track: The Big Shift - Population Migration
  • Leadership Track: Leading Change with DEI in Mind
12:00-1:30 p.m. Closing General Session and Lunch: Keynote by Alex Sheen
2:00-5:30 p.m. Free for Family Afternoon
5:30-6:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite
6:30-10:00 p.m. Family Fun Night: Live Music and Dinner
Saturday, June 18
8:00 a.m. Grab-and-Go Breakfast

2022 Event Sponsors












Equity Valuation Partners (EVP)
Kreps-Colgan & Associates Executive Search, LLC