The VBA Connect & Protect Experience
An Event for Marketing, Human Resources, Retail Banking, Training, Security, Enterprise Risk Management, Operations and Technology, and Compliance Professionals

Conference/Seminar/School Kristen Reid Walt Lyons Amy Binns

The VBA Connect|Protect Experience will uncover new ideas, trends and developments in banking.

Registered attendees will have access to the in-person experience March 3-4 in Richmond followed by 34 virtual sessions that will be held from mid-March through mid-June that covers specific function area training.  

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In-Person Experience

The Connect|Protect In-Person Experience will be held March 3-4 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  Details on session specifics will be posted in early January.

VBA Connect|Protect Experience Launch Event Agenda

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

5:30-6:30 pm | Opening Reception

6:30 pm | Dinner on your own!

Thursday, March 3, 2022

9:00 am | Registration Opens

9:30-10:45 am | Optional Session #1 – Creating a Culture of Health
Laura Moore, Marsh McLennan Agency LLC

10:45-11:00 am | Break

11:00 am-12:15 pm | Optional Session #2 – Project Management

12:15-1:00 pm | Lunch (for those attending optional sessions)

1:00 pm | Launch Event Kick-off & Welcome

1:10-2:10 pm | General Session
Joe Micallef, GrowUP Sales

2:10-2:30 pm | Break

2:30-3:30 pm | FinTech and Disruption in Financial Services
Hunter Young, HIFI Agency

3:30-3:50 pm | Break

3:50-4:50 pm | The Importance of the Diversity of Thought
Richard Harvey | Beneficial  State Bank

5:00-5:30 pm | SPARK! Presentations

5:30-7:00 pm | Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

7:00 pm | Dinner on your own!

Friday, March 4, 2022

8:30 am | Welcome

8:35-9:35 am | Industry Update
Bruce Whitehurst, Virginia Bankers Association

9:05-10:05 am | Performance Excellence
Dave Martin | Bankmechanics

10:05-10:25 am | Break

10:25-10:40 am | Sponsor Drawings

10:40-11:40 am | Engineering Success by Engineering a New Mindset
Nikki Dixon-Foley, FutureSync

The world of how we work is in a constant state of change and uncertainty. How we manage change comes down to our chosen state of mind. This interactive workshop will prepare you with new tools and practices to manage yourself while leading others and your organizations through change. Discover how embracing a new state of mind that focuses on solutions, collaboration, creativity, and communication will help drive yourself and others to successful results. During this session, participants will:

  1. Discover how to create new patterns of thinking during challenging times.
  2. Uncover the importance of collaborative efforts to solve unique organizational issues
  3. Learn how to unify teams with intentional communication practices

11:40 am-Noon | Closing Remarks & Adjourn

Virtual Experience

The schedule for the virtual sessions is as follows: 

Marketing Retail Training HR Ops Tech Ops & Tech Security ERM Compliance
3/9/2022 3/11/2022 3/23/2022 3/29/2022     3/10/2022 3/22/2022 3/24/2022 3/30/2022
4/12/2022 4/14/2022 4/20/2022 4/26/2022     4/13/2022 4/19/2022 4/21/2022 4/27/2022
5/10/2022 5/12/2022 5/18/2022 5/24/2022 5/11/2022 5/13/2022   5/17/2022 5/19/2022 5/25/2022
5/31/2022 6/2/2022 6/8/2022 6/15/2022 6/1/2022 6/7/2022   6/9/2022 6/14/2022 6/16/2022

Registration Options

Registration Type Member Non-Member
Individual (March Launch Event & All Virtual Sessions) $575 $1,075
License up to 10 (March Launch Event & All Virtual Sessions) $4,500 $7,500
License up to 20 (March Launch Event & All Virtual Sessions) $6,000 $9,000
March Launch Event Only $395 $895

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By registering for this event, you are agreeing to the VBA Event Policies.


All cancellations will be charged a $25.00 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 72 business hours before the program will be charged a $75.00 administrative fee plus any additional fees associated with the training. Substitutions are allowed prior to the beginning of the conference.


If you have special needs that may affect your participation in this event, please contact Walt Lyons or Kristen Reid to discuss accommodations.

Hotel Information

We have reserved a block of rooms at a negotiated rate at two properties:

  • Hilton Richmond Downtown: The room rate at the Hilton Richmond Downtown is $189/night (plus taxes/fees).  To secure a room at that rate, reservations must be made by February 2, 2022.  Reservations can be made here.
  • Richmond Marriott: The room rate at the Richmond Marriott is $189/night (plus taxes/fees).  To secure a room at that rate, reservations must be made by February 9, 2022.  Reservations can be made here

Interested in Sponsorship?

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring the VBA Connect|Protect Experience? Click here to review the available opportunities (Page 6) or contact Amy Binns for more information.