September 15 - 16, 2021
The Park Event Center, Waite Park


The LEAD (Leadership Education And Development) Conference provides the opportunity to cultivate talented bank staff who have future leadership potential. The event focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the next steps in their banking careers. Attendees will:

  • Learn how their roles fit into the larger context at their bank.
  • Receive tips on leadership development.
  • Hear perspectives on how to make a positive impact at any level in an organization.
  • Build valuable industry connections.


**Click here for recommendations for masks from the MN Department of Health. 


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Wednesday, September 15th 

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Registration and Exhibits Open 
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. | THRIVE | Energizing Your Life & Career from the Inside Out, Dr Jermaine Davis
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch and Exhibits 
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. | Mandate for Change, PCI  Performance Management 
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Breakouts (see session descriptions)

2:30 - 3:10 p.m. | Session 1 

  • Beyond the Branch: Meet Customers in the Digital Banking Space, Wolters Kluwer
  • Advanced Commercial Lending, Lathrop GPM
  • Be Aware or BeWare - Security Awareness Education – Its more than just a Phishing Test, FIPCO

3:20 - 4:00 p.m. | Session 2 

  • Weaponize your ALCO – Get More from Your Balance SheetPiper Sandler
  • The Basics of SBA, Amplio 
  • Accelerate Customer Engagement Utilizing Technology, Onovative

4:10 – 4:30 p.m. | ICBM Update & Closing Comments
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. | Networking Reception
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Let's Fiesta! Dinner & Entertainment by Sassy Lassy Trivia!

Thursday, September 16th

7:15 – 8:15 a.m. | Breakfast & Exhibits
8:15 – 9:30 a.m. | Panel Discussion: Engagement Matters More Than Ever
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Breakouts (see session descriptions)

10:00 – 10:40 a.m. | Session 3 

  • Cryptocurrency: Risks and Opportunities, SHAZAM
  • Putting Excess Liquidity to Work with Loan Participations, UBB
  • Why Bank on SEO, Mercury Creative Group

10:50 – 11:30 a.m. | Session 4

  • Managing, Leading and Supporting Remote Work, AEM Workforce Solutions
  • Data is Power: How to Sync Credit Portfolio Analytics, Stress Testing, and Loan Review, IntelliCredit, a division of QwickRate
  • How to Manage a Culture of Compliance within a Bank, Navigating Practice vs. Policy and Procedures, CLA

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. | Super Doer to Supervisor,PCI  Performance Management 
12:45 – 2:10 p.m. | Lunch & Keynote: Bringing out the Wild in Community Banks, Chris Heeter
2:20 p.m. | Conference Ends



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Bank Member: $295
Associate Member: $400
Non-member Bank: $590

Costs increase $55 when early bird ends on August 20th. 


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Interested in Sponsoring and Exhibiting at the LEAD Conference?

Click below to view available opportunities and register for your sponsorship and exhibit space.   

View sponsor & exhibit opportunities

Contact Greg McCurry with any sponsorship and exhibit questions. 

Lodging Information

Hilton Garden Inn St. Cloud: 

(320) 640-7990
King: $119 | Double $129
*Discounted Rates End August 21st 
Booking Link

Residence Inn St. Cloud - Suites 

(320) 640-0200
King: $139 | Double $159
*Discounted Rates End August 23rd
Booking Link

LEAD Program Committee

Full NameCompanyCityPosition
Christian MogensenThink BankRochesterChair
Tiffany Baer PaineSecurity Bank USABemidjiMember
Justin CronenCommunity Development Bank, FSBHancockMember
Anita DrentlawNew Market BankLakevilleMember
Juli PoppFarmers and Merchants State Bank of PierzSauk RapidsMember
Heidi WurmStar BankAnnadaleMember

Questions? Contact Patti Coles at Patti@Minnesota.Bank or 651-789-3987

Unless specifically stated on registration materials, the deadline to receive a refund for your registration is two weeks before the conference, subject to a $50 administrative cancellation fee. Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to the event will not be eligible for a refund.