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!


Webinars and 2023 Web Pass

WB, in partnership with 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 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- Spring Series
Four-Part Next Generation Branch Manager Training

Virtual bootcamp sessions happen once per month from January through April.

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.


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.

WB advances a landscape of learning throughout its members’ careers and across all key areas of banking. Whether experienced in-person, in-bank, or online, WB strives to meet the budget needs and learning preferences of each institution. Annually, WB offers educational programs tailored to help community bankers maintain a strong competitive edge.