October 29-30, 2024

The Park Event Center
500 Division Street, Waite Park MN 56387

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.


Tuesday, June 25th
11:00 am - Noon: Registration & Lunch 
12:10 pm - 1:10 pm: Ag Economy Outlook 
1:10 pm - 1:30 pm: Network Break 
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm: Farm Bill Update
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm: Network Break 
2:45 pm - 4:30 pm: Roundtable Discussions (Topics TBA)
4: 30 pm - 5:30 pm: Vendor Showcase Happy Hour
6:30 pm: Evening Entertainment & Dinner 

Wednesday, June 26th
7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast 
8:30 am - 9:30 am: The In’s and Out’s of Farmer Lender Mediation
9:30 am - 9:45: Network Break
9:45 am - 10:30 am: Weather and Climate Dynamics in Agriculture
10:30 am - 11:00 am: Network Break 
11:00 am - 12: 15 am: Panel Discussion: Sowing the Seeds of Change- Navigating the Transition in Farming 
12:30 pm: Conference Ends & Box Lunch  

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Lodging Information
Both hotels are connected to the Park Event Center

Hilton Garden Inn St Cloud
550 Division St, Waite Park MN 56387

Residence Inn St. Cloud
450 Division St, Waite Park MN 56387 



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LEAD Program Committee

Full NameCompanyCityPosition
Riley AdamsFirst Resource BankStillwaterMember
Tiffany Baer PaineSecurity Bank USABemidjiMember
Justin CronenCommunity Development Bank, FSBHancockMember
Anita DrentlawNew Market BankLakevilleMember
Latham H. HetlandFarmers & Merchants State Bank of New York Mills, IncorporatedNew York MillsMember
Juli PoppFarmers and Merchants State Bank of PierzSauk RapidsMember
Austin WibergMinnesota Lakes BankDelanoMember

Questions? Contact Patti Coles at [email protected] or 651-789-3987