2021 Virtual VBA/ABA Washington Summit Recap
March 16-17, 2021

Post Matt Bruning

On March 16-17, more than 3,600 bankers from across the county attended the virtual VBA/ABA Washington Summit, with more than 110 attendees from Virginia. Attendees were the first to hear what lawmakers, regulators and the administration are planning in the weeks and months ahead. Pandemic response and relief, financial inclusion, and a host of other timely banking issues were on the agenda. 

You can listen to highlights from this year’s Summit on a recent episode of ABA Banking Journal Podcast here.

Save the date for the 2022 VBA/ABA Washington Summit on March 7-9 in Washington, D.C.

Program Sessions & Speakers

Sessions and topics at this year’s Summit included:
  • Addressing Economic Inclusion through Safe and Affordable Bank Accounts
  • Prospects for Bipartisan Cooperation in the 117th Congress
  • COVID-19 Update: How Much Light at the End of the Tunnel?
  • State of the Industry: The View from Outside Washington
  • The View From the White House
Speakers at this year’s Summit included:
  • A. Scott Anderson | President & CEO, Zions Bank
  • James Ballentine | Executive Vice President, Congressional Relations and Political Affairs, American Bankers Association
  • Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) | Chairwoman, Congressional Black Caucus and Chairwoman, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity & Inclusion
  • Paul Benda | Senior Vice President, Risk and Cyber Policy, American Bankers Association
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) | Chairman, Senate Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs Committee
  • Naomi Camper | Chief Policy Officer, American Bankers Association
  • Jim Edwards | CEO, United Bank, and American Bankers Association Chair
  • Kenneth Kelly | Chairman & CEO, First Independence Bank
  • Jelena McWilliams | FDIC Chairman
  • Rob Nichols | President & CEO, ABA 
  • Julie Thurlow | President & CEO | Reading Co-Operative Bank
  • Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) | Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member
  • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) | Chairwoman, House Financial Services Committee
  • Patricia Weigel | President & CEO, Norway Savings Bank

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