VBA Leadership Conference
Premier educational event for emerging bank leaders in Virginia

Conference/Seminar/School Chandler Owdom Monica McDearmon

This conference is designed for emerging banking leaders and members of the Virginia Bankers Association Emerging Bank Leaders (EBL) group. This conference gives Emerging Bank Leaders the opportunity to share ideas and network with peers from across the state. You do not have to be an EBL member to attend. 

If you are a bank professional looking to gain new skills and interested in growing and progressing within your banking career, this is the event for you. Every year, attendees hear from leadership speakers and learn ways to engage with the banking industry as they network with individuals from all over the Commonwealth.


Below are just a few of the sessions being offered at the 2022 Leadership Conference. A full agenda will be available soon!  

  • Bank CEO/Executives Panel, featuring VBA Chairman Chris Bergstrom, John Marshall Bank, and Victor Branch, Bank of America
  • Digital Currency Dialogue
  • VBA & Industry Update
  • Keynote Speaker Johnny Quinn – Think Like an Olympian
  • Keynote Speaker Nikki Dixon-Foley - The Credibility Calculation: Leading with Intention
  • …and more!

About Our Keynote Speakers:

Nikki Dixon-Foley 

Nikki holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership and has a powerful track record of building culture with intent. As a real- world “Culture Curator”, she was an integral part of a team distinguished by their thought-leadership and their commitment to defying conventional wisdom. Nikki and her team operated with an “impact over activity” strategy and the awards and accolades began to follow. Recognition such as:

  • “The Best Place to Work in Montana”
  • Award A 4-time Winner of The “Best for the World: Environment” within the B-Corp Organizations
  • FORBES 2016 “Top 40 Companies to Watch”

Nikki is admired for her keen operational mind-set when it comes to forward thinking organizational philosophies such as open-book management and “The Game of Business”. She is trained and certified neuroscience leadership coach and masterfully weaves the understanding of neuroscience principles into leadership execution. She is an author and creator of team and leadership excellence programs. Nikki lives in Bozeman, MT where she enjoys the blessings of family, friends, and the beauty of the Gallatin Valley.

Johnny Quinn
Speaker & U.S. Olympian
Break Through Leadership, LLC

Johnny Quinn is a highly sought-after speaker for businesses and organizations of all sizes. He is a U.S. Olympian in the sport of bobsled and competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Johnny is also a former pro football player spending time with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. Johnny has been featured on various media outlets around the world, such as: ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, ESPN, FOX, NBC, TIME, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.

When Johnny is not on the road speaking, he owns and operates the Johnny Quinn Insurance Agency, helping families all over the state of Texas with their insurance needs.  Johnny’s newest book, PUSH: Breaking through the Barriers is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Target. Johnny, his wife Amanda and their two children, Amelia and Oliver, reside in McKinney, Texas.

More information on the 2022 conference will be announced soon!

Hotel Information

Delta Hotels Richmond Downtown
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA, 23219
(804) 788-0900

The VBA has negotiated a room rate of $169+tax. Reservations will be made directly by individuals through the below link. Rooms must be reserved by October 11th.

Please click here to make your reservation online.


Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event? Click here or contact Amy Binns for available options.

Registration Information

VBA Member Registration* Now-Sept. 28 Sept. 29-Oct. 12 Oct. 13 and After
VBA Member $465 per person $495 per person $525 per person
Non-Member Registration* Now-Sept. 28 Sept. 29-Oct. 12 Oct. 13 and After
Non-Member $965 per person $995 per person $1,025 per person

Register Now!

*Registration fees include admission to all VBA business sessions and the Thursday night reception and dinner. Please contact Gail Queen with registration questions. 


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

VBA Event Cancellation Policy

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 course.

Special Needs

Please share any specific needs that should be considered as we plan for the conference (i.e. hearing impaired, sight impaired, etc). Please contact Chandler Owdom with any details.