On November 15, 23 Virginia bankers graduated from the VBA Management Development Program. This program is a three-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 November 30, bankers from across the Commonwealth joined us
for the eleventh annual Women in Banking Conference. This
conference was designed for all women involved in banking and
provided engaging and thought-provoking sessions on finding
success in the industry.
Nearly 100 Virginia bankers and industry partners joined us in Staunton for the 2023 VBA Leadership Conference on November 16-17. This annual event is designed for emerging banking leaders and members of the Virginia Bankers Association Emerging Bank Leaders (EBL) group, giving attendees the opportunity to share ideas and network with peers from across the state.
Nearly 110 bankers and industry partners joined us in October for the 2023 Lending & Credit Conference. This event provided educational and networking opportunities through a combination of general sessions and peer group discussions.
In September and October, 260 bankers and legislators joined us
for our series of State Legislative Meetings. With the
2024 General Assembly Session rapidly approaching, this
was an important opportunity to engage state policymakers on
key banking issues.
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.
VBA, the American Bankers Association and the Maryland Bankers Association partnered to host the fourth-annual virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit (DEI) for bankers on September 14, 2023. More than 510 people attended nationwide from 39 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. This event was an important part of continuing a meaningful dialogue on fostering positive change in the industry. The value-packed program helped bankers master the leading practices for mitigating the systemic barriers that disadvantage marginalized groups in the industry and gave actionable steps to implement change.
From May-August 2023, 53 students participated in the VBA Internship Program with 16 banks across the state. Through this program, interns were exposed to the industry through a variety of projects, online coursework, departmental rotations through their banks, community engagement and in-person and virtual training from the VBA. Interns who completed a set of requirements were eligible to receive the VBA Summer Internship Program Certificate of Completion.
More than 140 bankers and industry partners joined us August 21-23, 2023 at The Hotel Roanoke for our CFO Conference. Attendees enjoyed engaging and relevant sessions and also had the opportunity to meet with our sponsors in the exhibit hall.
More than 200 bankers participated in the week-long session of the 2023 Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management. Bank School provides a multidimensional education experience in banking. Employing lectures from the best of the banking, professional and academic worlds, case studies, home study problems and peer study groups provides a vehicle for each student to experience comprehensive learning.
More than 320 bankers and industry partners joined us at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, for the 130th Annual Convention. Attendees enjoyed business sessions as well as social and networking events during their time in Palm Beach.
From January - May 2023, 19 Virginia bankers participated in the 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, learning and peer relationships that are fostered by its format and deep content.
The 2023 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.
Last month, nearly 200 bankers joined us for our
Burgers with Bruce series. Each event included an industry update
from VBA President and CEO Bruce Whitehurst followed by a
“Leadership Dialogues” panel that consisted of bank CEOs and
leaders from the VBA Emerging Bank Leaders Steering
More than 13,700 Virginia students and their families
read the same book on the same schedule during the month of
March thanks to nearly $90,000 of financial support from
Virginia’s banking industry. The Virginia Bankers Association
Education Foundation (VBA), supported by Virginia banks, is a
statewide sponsor of this initiative, a program from
Richmond-based Read to Them.
More than 260 bankers and industry partners joined us in Williamsburg from March 13-15 for the VBA Connect|Protect Experience. This event brought together banking professionals in the areas of marketing, human resources, retail banking, training, security, enterprise risk management, compliance, and operations and technology. This year’s event featured 35 total sessions, including five general sessions and five concurrent breakout sessions, during which attendees uncovered new ideas, trends, and developments in banking.
Last month, more than 1,700 bankers from across the country
attended the in-person and virtual VBA/ABA Washington Summit,
with nearly 50 in-person attendees from Virginia. Summit
attendees heard from public officials and issue experts on the
status of the nation’s economy and banking system post-recent
bank failures. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen reassured
attendees of the strength and resilience of the banking industry,
a sentiment echoed by legislative leaders throughout the event.
On January 11th, 36 Virginia bankers graduated from the VBA Management Development Program – our largest in person cohort to date! This program is 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 January 12th, more than 200 bankers from 44 banks
attended VBA Banker Day at the Greater Richmond Convention
Center. Attendees then traveled to the Pocahontas Building
to meet with legislators at their offices for a chance to
hear directly from state policymakers and learn about the issues
impacting banking in the 2023 General Assembly session.
On January 12th, nearly 600 bankers and members of the business
community joined us for the VBA/VA Chamber Financial Forecast at
the Greater Richmond Convention Center. For the twelfth 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 national economy.