Join Us the Week of September 21st for the Southeast Regional
Virtual Washington Fly-In!
Join fellow bankers and industry leaders from across the
Southeast for a virtual meeting with agency leadership and
lawmakers. In partnership with VBA, American Bankers Associations
(ABA) is hosting this year’s Washington Fly-in to ensure policies
crucial to the banking industry remain front and center, and to
provide a forum for critical questions from your bank.
This speaker series, brought to you by five states (DE, MD, PA,
VA and WV) will replace the 2020 CEO Forum.
Each month, from July-December, registrants will receive a link
to log in to a virtual session with nationally recognized
speakers providing relevant and timely content geared
specifically to bank CEOs and other senior leaders.
In June of this year, we were planning on celebrating our 127th Annual Convention at The Breakers together with our bank members, associate members, endorsed providers and other industry partners. Great professional and family traditions have been formed during this time together every year. The only time we’ve missed having an annual convention was in 1945. Those were special circumstances and incredibly similar in some ways, albeit for a very different reason: non-essential travel restrictions connected to war rationing.
For over a decade, the VBA’s Executive Leadership Institute
(ELI), a 5-month leadership development program for highly
motivated and high potential bankers who are currently in or
progressing toward a senior level position, has been known for
its intense level of connection, learnings and peer relationships
that are fostered by its in-person format and deep content.
While we are embracing 2021’s likely reality and are transforming
this upcoming year’s program to be totally virtual via Zoom, ELI
will remain an all-in experience that allows you to fully immerse
in the learning experience and form even stronger connections
with other executive leaders than we have a reputation for
already. We are encouraged by our own recent experiences
with other virtual VBA programs and the research that indicates
that with high engagement, virtual video and social sessions can
be even more personal, relational and have better
outcomes. To ensure a successful virtual experience,
we are melding interactive social and technology platforms that
are user-friendly and familiar to many of you, including an
orientation session that ensures your comfort with the
methodologies we will use. Participants will engage in
relevant pre-work, readings, podcasts and videos, hands-on
experiential activities, small group activities and discussions,
and polls and simulations – all designed to ensure significant
engagement throughout the 5-month course. NEW in 2021 –
each participant will have a scheduled 30-minute individual
virtual coaching session with one of the instructors to reinforce
the leadership learnings of the course.
The full program brochure and application will be available in
the coming weeks. Meantime, please click here to complete an
interest form so you can be first on the list to receive those
materials and other information on the program. Please
Fleming for more information or with questions.
The timing below under Sessions is one option we
wanted to suggest. We believe it works well as it:
Equates to about the same hours we have devoted in previous
years (including mid-session coaching and necessary individual or
small group work between sessions).
Can easily morph to in-person if that occurs later in the
Minimizes screen time each day while having chunks of time
necessary to delve deeply into material and connect well with
Each day we will work for 50 minutes each hour, with a 10
As part of our overall diversity and inclusion efforts, the VBA has created the Women’s Mentorship Pilot Program to assist our member banks with preparing the talented women within your banks for future senior leadership positions.