VBA and the American Bankers Association partnered to host
the second-annual virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit
for bankers on May 20, 2021. Four hundred people attended
nationwide from 42 states and Washington DC. This event was
an important part of continuing a meaningful dialogue on
fostering positive change in the industry. Sponsored by The
Council of FHLBanks, the value-packed program helped bankers
become agents of change by building their “DEI Playbook” through
eight strategy sessions, giving bankers the tangible tools needed
to make a difference.
From January - May 2021, 17 Virginia bankers participated in the virtual Executive Leadership Institute (ELI). ELI is a 5-month leadership development program designed to actively enhance the leadership, organizational and performance skills of the highly motivated, high-potential and successful banker who is currently in or progressing toward a senior level position. For over a decade VBA’s Executive Leadership Institute has been known for its intense level of connection, learnings and peer relationships that are fostered by its format and deep content.
The 2021 Directors’ Symposium, co-sponsored by the Virginia Association of Community Banks (VACB), provided bank board members with current data, thought-provoking industry trends and networking opportunities with other directors and regulators. The annual Symposium is designed to benefit both new directors and seasoned veterans on the Board.
In March 2021, more than 420 Virginia high school students participated in the virtual VBA Bank Day Scholarship Program. Through this program, students learned about career opportunities in banking, how banks support communities and ways to manage their financial futures. From their experience, students wrote an essay and a total of $29,000 was awarded from the VBA Education Foundation to 12 students on the basis of the essays.
More than 14,100 Virginia students and their families
read the same book on the same schedule during the month of
March thanks to more than $61,000 of financial support from
Virginia’s banking industry. The Virginia Bankers Association
Education Foundation (VBA), supported by Virginia banks, is one
of several sponsors of this initiative, a program from
Richmond-based Read to Them.
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.
On January 14th, 470 bankers and members of the business
community joined us for our first-ever virtual VBA/VA Chamber
Financial Forecast. For the tenth year, the VBA and VA Chamber of
Commerce partnered to bring together hundreds of members of
the business community to learn what lies ahead for the state and
On January 12th, nearly 200 bankers attended our first-ever
virtual Banker Day. While we could not be in-person this
year meeting with General Assembly members at their offices,
attendees had the chance to join bankers from across the
Commonwealth to hear directly from state policymakers and learn
about the issues impacting banking in the 2021 General Assembly
On January 13, 2021, 46 Virginia bankers graduated from the virtual VBA Management Development Program, a five-month, comprehensive training designed for newer employees who have developed a passion for banking, want to enhance their knowledge of the business of banking, and who are motivated to excel in their careers and reach their full potential.
On December 3rd, more than 65 bankers and industry partners
joined us virtually for the Women in Banking
Conference. This conference was designed for all women
involved in the financial industry who would like to participate
in engaging and thought provoking sessions on finding success in
the industry. Attendees also had the opportunity to join a power
lunch mix and mingle before the start of the event and a virtual
wine tasting, Wine and Unwind, with Valley Road Vineyard after
As part of our overall diversity and inclusion efforts, the VBA created the Women’s Mentorship Program to assist our member banks with preparing the talented women within your banks for future senior leadership positions. Our research shows that women often don’t recognize their own talent and need someone to identify the potential for future success in leadership.
In this program, mentor/mentee pairs participated in a 10-month experience involving one-on-one interaction and discussion combined with training and regional networking opportunities.
From July-December 2020, 70 registrants from Virginia, West
Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware attended the
Mid-Atlantic Bank Executives Virtual Speakers Series with
nationally recognized speakers providing relevant and timely
content geared specifically to bank CEOs and other senior
leaders. Speakers and topics included*:
VBA and the American Bankers Association partnered to launch
their first-ever virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit
for bankers in November 2020. More than 275 people attended
nationwide. This event was an important part of continuing a
meaningful dialogue on fostering positive change in the industry.
Sponsored by ABA associate member Ncontracts®, the value-packed
program helped bankers cultivate a network of peers to share DEI
leading practices and explore new opportunities and initiatives
for their own institutions. The goal of the event was
to equip bankers from all over the country with tools to
mitigate systemic biases and foster greater inclusion for those
disadvantaged by age, race, disability, sexual orientation,
gender or other identity factors.
More than 160 bankers and industry partners joined us October
26-28, 2020 for our virtual, combined CFO & Lending/Credit
Conference. Attendees enjoyed three days of engaging and relevant
sessions and also had the opportunity to meet with our sponsors
in the virtual Marketplace.
In October 2020, more than 200 bankers and legislators joined us
for our series of virtual State Legislative Meetings. With
the General Assembly still in Special Session and the 2021
Session rapidly approaching, this was an important
opportunity to engage state policy makers on key banking issues.
More than 40 emerging leaders joined us virtually in October for
Leadership Conference LIVE. This event was designed for bank
professionals looking to gain new skills and interested in
growing and progressing within their careers in the banking