2018 Emerging Leaders Conference
Hilton San Diego Bayfront • San Diego, CA

Education Seminar

360° Blueprint for Success

Leadership and success are dimensional, developed through multiple sources of influence that bring value to an individual’s personal and professional spheres. At the 2018 Emerging Leaders Conference, rising stars and experienced professionals will gather to share the strategic and practical tools necessary to build a blueprint for success.

Attendees can look forward to high-energy keynote speakers, content-rich learning sessions, and interactive sessions created to deliver professional guidance in an environment that encourages peer networking. With opportunities to explore relevant issues such as multigenerational management and designing a personal brand while advancing the corporate mission, the program provides leadership concepts that can be implemented immediately.

Hotel Information

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 564-3333

Make your hotel reservation by clicking here or calling 1800-HILTONS and mention the group code WIB.

The WIB room rate is $249 single or double occupancy, plus taxes and fees. Please make your reservations by April 22, 2018. Rooms are limited and may sell out before this date. Requests after this date will be accepted on a space-available basis at the hotel’s prevailing rates.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                       

Registration Open
Marketplace Open

1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

You in the Driver’s Seat: It’s Your Life, Your Career — Take Charge!

Meridith Elliott Powell
Keynote Speaker & Business Growth Expert

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Working Peer Exchange Session - Dynamic Leadership Through Organizational and Economic Change

Nicole Sherman
SVP, Market Region Manager, Columbia Bank

3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Dessert Break in Marketplace

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Ever-Changing Landscape of the Independent Banking Workplace: Motivating, Managing, and Mentoring Five Generations

Scott Lesnick
Successful Business Solutions LLC

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Happy Hour in Marketplace

Thursday, May 24, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                    

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Marketplace Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in Marketplace

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion – ELC Success Stories: How to Translate ELC Knowledge Into Meaningful Change

9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions


Tips for Making It to the C-Suite

Michele Andujo Gil
Managing Partner
Chrisman & Company


Ten Things Bank Managers, Directors and Shareholders Want You to Know

Greyson Tuck
Gerrish Smith Tuck
Attorneys and Consultants

10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break in Marketplace

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Leveraging Communication for Success

Eric Swenson
Managing Director, RSJ/Swenson LLC

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Lunch in Marketplace
1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Designing Your Personal Brand While Advancing the Corporate Mission

Brian Riggs
The Dialogue Shop

2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Dessert Break in the Marketplace
3:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Working Peer Exchange Session - Strengths-Based Leadership

Jenny Ketchepaw
VP Training Manager, Human Resources – Community Bank

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Reception in Marketplace

Friday, May 25, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast in Marketplace
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions


How to Lead Up in a Top-Down Industry

Wyatt Jenkins
Vice President, BKD Corporate Finance, LLC


Deepening Human Connection in an Increasingly Digital World

Joe Sullivan
President &CEO
Market Insights, Inc.

9:35 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Working Peer Exchange Session - 360° Leadership: Leading from Within Your Organization

Jenny Ketchepaw, VP Training Manager, Human Resources, Community Bank

10:35 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Marketplace
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing General Session - What Matters Most
Hal Elrod

Scheduled Speakers

General Session Speakers

Meridith Elliott Powell
Keynote Speaker & Business Growth Expert

Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare, and finance. In her highly engaging keynote sessions, Powell shows her audiences how to attract more business, retain top talent, and leap into position to win in this new economy.


Scott Lesnick
Speaker & Author

Scott Lesnick is a high-content international keynote speaker who is motivational, instructional, and educational in style and tone. His inspirational keynotes and interactive sessions address topics ranging from generational inclusion and managing change through leadership. Lesnick’s background includes 28 award-winning years in sales and management for a Fortune 500 company, and he is the author of the memoir, Kidjacked – A Father’s Story.


Eric Swenson
Managing Director, RSJ/Swenson, LLC

Eric Swenson is the founder and managing director of RSJ/Swenson LLC, a human resources and workforce development firm serving more than 250 businesses throughout North America. As a workforce strategist, he works with C-level executives to help identify talent, enhance corporate culture, develop leaders, and maximize productivity. Swenson is the author of Managing People in the 21st Century and The Five A’s of Great Employees.


Brian Riggs
Owner, The Dialogue Shop

Brian Riggs began his career as a resident historian at the National Constitution Center where he perfected the art of crafting story out of context. Today, he is the owner and lead strategist of the Dialogue Shop, an organizational transformation firm located outside of Philadelphia, PA. From Hong Kong to Rome, Riggs has worked with organizations on custom-designed leadership programs, mentor workshops, branding and communication efforts, and new market strategies. Check out Riggs’ promotional video here.


Hal Elrod
President & CEO, Hal Elrod International

Hal Elrod is on a mission to elevate the consciousness of humanity, one morning at a time. As the author of one of the highest rated books in the world, The Miracle Morning, he is doing exactly that. After surviving an accident that stopped his heart for six minutes, he ran a 52-mile ultra-marathon and went on to become a hall of fame business achiever, international keynote speaker, author, and executive producer of The Miracle Morning, a documentary that explores the morning rituals of some of the world’s most successful people.

Session Descriptions

General Session Descriptions


You in the Driver’s Seat: It’s Your Life, Your Career — Take Charge!
Presented by Meridith Elliott Powell

Welcome to the trust and value economy! In today’s world, companies are looking for talented, innovative professionals who understand how to take charge — individuals who understand how to put themselves in the driver’s seat and in command of their careers. During this high energy keynote, uncover the secrets every banker needs to know to build the career of their dreams and become the associate organizations strive to keep.


The Ever-Changing Landscape of the Independent Banking Workplace: Motivating, Managing, and Mentoring Five Generations
Presented by Scott Lesnick

Today’s banks can have up to five different generations working side by side, and productivity can decrease if the unique characteristics and talents each generation brings to the organization are not understood. In this interactive session, uncover the strategic methods of improving employee morale, boost operational efficiency, and increase employee retention.


Leveraging Communication for Success
Presented by Eric Swenson

Today’s leaders have to be fantastic communicators. From writing to speaking to interpersonal discussions, it’s simply an essential function of leadership. Learn how great leaders communicate and leave with techniques on how to have one-on-one conversations, speak more effectively, and how to write (or not write) impactful emails.


Designing Your Personal Brand While Advancing the Corporate Mission
Presented by Brian Riggs

As organizations continue to empower emerging leaders to become brand ambassadors, these same leaders must understand how to design a powerful personal brand while moving their company’s mission forward. Learn how to map a brand strategy and how that strategy can contribute to the growth and professional development that ultimately advances corporate goals.


The Miracle Morning
Presented by Hal Elrod

What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any – or every day of your life was transformed? In this inspiring presentation, unlock the “not-so-obvious” secret to personal and professional transformation. Learn how to develop emotional freedom, optimize morning rituals, and create success on multiple levels.

Registration Information

Registration Fees

Early-Bird Registration Fees (before April 9, 2018)

WBA Member Bank   $745

Regular Registration Fees

WBA Member Bank  (after April 9, 2018) $795
WBA Affiliate Member                $1,295
Non-Member Bank   $1,295

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions are allowed at no additional cost. Written notice is required for all substitutions/cancellations. The full registration fee will be refunded if written notice is received by April 25, 2018, and 50 percent if by May 9. No refunds will be provided after May 9. Registrations made on or after May 9 are not subject to refund.

For more information on registration, please contact Ellie Rovira at (415) 352-3231 or ellie@wib.org.


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Sponsorship Information

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact the events staff: Rosemary Mignano at rmignano@westernbankers.com or (916) 438-4435.

Why sponsor:

  • Maximize your company’s brand awareness and increase your market position
  • Gain direct access to member banks and institutions in an exclusive environment
  • Raise your profile above your competitors
  • Learn about the issues confronting today’s financial service leaders and gain valuable insight into potential solutions
  • Match your exposure needs, regardless of your budget
  • Shape or reinforce a positive perception of your company with bank executives
  • Support the Western Bankers Association, the largest non-profit banking organization serving the West Coast financial services industry