Professional Development


WB Professional Development

Our signature programs provide annual updates for bankers on hot topics, emerging trends, current and pending legislation, new products and services and innovative ways to enhance profitability and reduce risk. They provide an invaluable opportunity to network with peers and stay current on important issues affecting our rapidly changing industry.

Each year, thousands of bankers take advantage of these forums for learning, networking and exchange of ideas. With significant member rate discounts available, professional development programs offered through WB are a tremendous value.


Upcoming Programs

Learn more about our signature multi-day conferences uniquely designed for all levels at the bank from presidents and CEOs to emerging leaders.

Explore our 2022 Season Pass option for exceptional value on our conferences and online education offerings!



The Western Bankers are pleased to announce that we are now offering webinars through BankerCollege. BankerCollege offers 400+ webinars a year as well as multi-part boot camps, live streaming conferences and much more. Webinar topics such as regulations, cannabis, compliance, accounting, lending, payments, strategy, retail and commercial banking, and operations, and more, are covered in a comprehensive, and easily accessible format.


ABA Training

ABA Training is a comprehensive source for training and education available through the American Bankers Association (ABA). 

ABA Training includes extensive online learning opportunities suited to specific job roles, in both facilitated and self-paced online formats. Online training delivers unmatched content that meet the needs of today’s learners and the changing demographics of the banking industry. Many courses meet the requirements of the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB) for exams or continuing education credits.


Branch Manager Bootcamp
Four-Part Next Generation Branch Manager Training

Virtual bootcamp sessions happen once per month from September through December.

What does your branch have that alternative branch channels such as mobile banking don’t? People to readily serve its customers!

As the number of branch transactions continues to fall, community financial institutions must reassess the branch manager role. They must invest in providing managers the right people, tools, client goals, and sales goals, then step back and watch the results become a dynamic source of profitability.

This exciting, four-part program series focuses on the next generation bank manager who will lead vital bank transformation, transitioning to client relationship management and creating an active advisory environment for the client to achieve financial goals.


2021 Risk and Safety & Soundness Workshop
Virtual Workshop

2020 brought new types of risks to the banking industry, that will continue to challenge banks in 2021 and beyond. Sessions offered will include strategies for:

* Strengthening the bank’s overall risk governance program, including monitoring and reporting

* Combating new operational risks, including cyber attacks, resulting from increased remote workforces

* Responding to emerging threats and safeguarding the bank’s reputation

* Preparing for safety and soundness exams

Register today by filling out the registration form down below and emailing 
and watch the program on-demand as we offer our 2021 Risk and Safety & Soundness Virtual Workshop.


2021 M&A Update
Virtual Workshop

WB is pleased to host a comprehensive M&A workshop led by the country’s leading experts at KBW. This intensive three-hour program will focus on current bank M&A trends and predictions for 2021 and feature a 360-degree review of a fictional bank’s strategic alternatives (stay independent, be a buyer, consider an MOE or sell) to illustrate the entire M&A process from assessing the franchise on an independent basis to identifying targets for a potential buyside deal to evaluating other types of transactions such as merger of equals and a sale. Attendees will be provided with “technical” checklists and have a thorough understanding of the stages, considerations, processes, analysis, contracts, control agreements and social issues to be sensitive to in a M&A transaction.

This workshop is now Free for all WB Bank Members.


Moving On From Libor:
Latest Updates & Insights

With the discontinuation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) on the horizon, preparation for the transition to other indices as a new benchmark for short-term interest rates is essential. In this workshop, experts from Wolf & Company, P.C., and Stifel discuss the transition and what institutions need to know and what to do first.


Speak, Write, or Present for Western Bankers

The Western Bankers provides a bridge of opportunity for banks across the Western United States, promoting a continuous network of shared information and establishing itself as a leader in peer-focused education.