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.
On December 1st, bankers from across the Commonwealth joined us
for the tenth 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.
More than 80 Virginia bankers joined us in Richmond 2022 VBA Leadership Conference October 27-28. 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 120 bankers and industry partners joined us in October for the 2022 Lending & Credit Conference. This event provided educational and networking opportunities through a combination of general sessions and peer group discussions.
In September and October, more than 220 bankers and legislators
joined us for our series of State Legislative Meetings. With
the 2023 General Assembly Session rapidly approaching, this
was an important opportunity to engage state policy makers
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 third-annual virtual
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit for bankers on September
15, 2022. Five hundred seventy five 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. 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.
More than 130 bankers and industry partners joined us August 22-24, 2022 at the Omni Richmond Hotel for our CFO Conference. Attendees enjoyed engaging and relevant sessions and also had the opportunity to meet with our sponsors in the exhibit hall.
From June-August 2022, 33 students participated in the VBA Internship Program with 11 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.
Nearly 200 bankers participated in the week-long session of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management. The School of Bank Management 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.
Nearly 370 bankers and industry partners joined us in Virginia Beach June 19-22, 2022, for the 129th Annual Convention. Attendees enjoyed business sessions as well as social and networking events during their time in Virginia Beach.
The 2022 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.
More than 12,100 Virginia students and their families
read the same book on the same schedule during the month of
March thanks to nearly $60,000 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.
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.
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.