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, offered through Western Bankers, are an extensive suite of online webinar training that enable bankers to enjoy flexible and cost-effective education across all critical areas of banking. Webinar topics such as payments, retail banking, compliance, fi­nance, lending, technology, HR, M&A, compensation, directors issues 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.


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.


Western Bankers Season Pass
More Education for Less Money!

Purchase your bank’s season pass today to get an exceptional value on our 2022 conference and program offerings!

Season Pass Includes:

Annual Conference

One Registration (per bank) PLUS One Guest Registration

In-Person Programs

Mix and Match a Total of Three Registrations to Attend:

  • Education Summit
  • Women in Banking
  • Regulatory Compliance Conference

Virtual Programs


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.