VIRTUAL Leadership Conference LIVE
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 will give 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. You will hear from leadership speakers and learn ways to engage with the banking industry as you network with individuals from all over the Commonwealth.

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Agenda & Speakers

Due to the pandemic, we have switched the Leadership Conference originally planned for October 8-9th in Harrisonburg to a half-day, virtual event on October 9th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We hope you will plan to join us for a morning of conversation with leadership speakers and networking opportunities with bankers from around the Commonwealth.

VBA Leadership Conference LIVE Final Agenda

Keynote speaker: Karen Conrad | Karen Conrad and Associates, LLC

Building Resilience in Uncertain Times

Today’s climate is described as VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. Our ability to manage challenging situations or setbacks is vital to success. The goal of this session is to assist attendees in not just recovering and learning from these situations, but to also thrive through understanding and creating personal resilience. This program explores the current research on resiliency and the three characteristics that define it.

Renee Haltom | The federal reserve bank of richmond

Leading and Learning: An Economic Update and Perspectives from the Federal Reserve’s Renee Haltom

Renee Haltom will provide an economic update and share what she’s learning personally about leadership during COVID-19. In her position, she is constantly communicating with businesses around Virginia to provide more insight around economic issues, while also balancing her roles as a parent, wife, employee and leader in uncharted territory.

Dave waller | q2

Trends Mini Session: Change is Good – How to Pivot with Your Digital Banking Vendor During the Pandemic

Like all companies, Q2 had to shift quite a bit due to the global pandemic.  The changes we made for our employees were as big as our customers.  Dave will tell you how Q2 pivoted to support their customers and share some trends they are now seeing in the “new normal.”  You’ll leave this session with ideas your bank can consider and how you should challenge your digital banking vendor.

matt bruning | virginia bankers association

Trends Mini Session: Advocacy

Matt will provide a high-level General Assembly update on the Special Session and a preview of the upcoming 2021 Regular Session. He will present information on the federal landscape and share key take-aways from the ABA Virtual Washington Fly-In, which included important meetings with all the regulatory agencies.

seth winter | troutman pepper

Trends Mini Session: Using Data to Your Advantage in Uncertain Times

Seth will provide high level trend information about what he and Troutman Pepper have seen changing and accelerating as a result of the pandemic, especially in terms of data trends and regulator expectations. From a legal and regulatory perspective, the pandemic is making it even more necessary for banks to use the data they have – in the right ways. With all the uncertainty bankers and regulators alike are feeling, regulators are asking even more questions – and bankers need to be ready to provide answers via good forecasting and good risk management models.

Ceo/senior leadership panel

Moderated By Bruce Whitehurst:

  • John Asbury, Atlantic Union Bankshares
  • Michelle Gaydica, American National Bank
  • Joe Thomas, Freedom Bank of Virginia

Learn more about the conference: Leadership Conference LIVE Brochure

Virtual Mix & Mingle: Coffee Talk (Optional)

WHEN: October 9 from 8:30-9 am – before Leadership Conference LIVE begins at 9 am.

WHERE: Zoom Meeting – the link will be emailed to you the week of the event

Excited for the convenience of a virtual conference, but missing the chance to meet other bankers? We have you covered! Join this morning networking session with other conference attendees. This engaging and interactive video session will allow you to connect with other emerging leaders in an informal setting.

Please note: Participants will be asked to have their video on during this session to allow for more personal interactions. We look forward to chatting with you!

Social Media

Let’s connect! Request to join the Emerging Bank Leaders Facebook group to meet and stay connected to other emerging leaders before, during, and after the event.

Conference Photo Contest

Registration Fees

Member/Non-member rate


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 additional details.

CPE Information

We will be able to provide 3.5 hours of CPE for this event.

  • The person requesting CPEs must be registered and logged in to Zoom with the email address they used to register.  For example, you cannot be sitting with a co-worker on his or her computer/Zoom log-in and request CPEs.  You have to be logged into the Zoom webinar on your own.
  • CPEs are not available for participation on-demand; you must participate in the live session to receive CPE credit.
  • Please email Chandler Owdom at for the CPE form to submit for your CPE certificate. 


Thank you to our sponsors for making this virtual event possible!


Interested in sponsorship opportunities available for the Leadership Conference? Contact Amy Binns at 804.819.4726.