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FRB Banking and the Economy: A Forum for Minorities in Banking
Monday, September 21, 2020, 8:00 AM to Friday, September 25, 2020, 5:00 PM CST
Category: SDBA Events

Banking and the Economy: A Virtual Forum for Minorities in Banking

Register today for the annual #MinoritiesinBanking forum, hosted by the Federal Reserve System to bring together mid to senior level minority executives, leaders, and professionals in the financial services industry from across the country. Join other leaders in this digital conference for unique experiences and content around leadership, diversity and inclusion, economic updates - and more!

Location: Zoom Webinar

There is no cost to attend but advance registration is required. Separate registration for Minorities in Banking networking events is required.

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September 21

12 - 1 p.m. CST - Creating an Edge: Making Your Hard Work Work Harder for You

  • Laura Huang, Harvard Business School Professor and Author of Edge

What is “edge”? If you are lucky enough to have it, you are endowed with a unique advantage. You execute faster, are confident, have experience and an established network, and are so naturally positioned that others want to help you move forward. Your path to success is lubricated. If you don’t have this naturally, how do you create your own edge? In this talk, Laura Huang will teach you how to recognize the advantages you do have, and by using not only your strengths, but also adversity, hardship, and biases against you to work in your favor.

September 22

8:30 - 10 a.m. CST - Coffee & the Economy

  • José Mustre-del-Rio, Research and Policy Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Maude Toussaint-Comeau, Ph.D., Senior Policy Economist at Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Domonic Purviance, Senior Financial Specialist at Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Start your day off with a cup of coffee and updates from leading Federal Reserve financial experts and economists. In short presentations followed by live Q&A sessions, you will hear cutting-edge research on the national outlook, the impact of COVID-19 on the real estate market and financially distressed groups, and the capital raising experiences of minority depository institutions (MDIs) that are also Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

10 - 11 a.m. CST - Networking Event: Coffee & Connections

Excited for the convenience of a virtual conference, but sad to miss out on meeting other attendees? We have you covered! Grab your second cup of coffee and join this brief morning session to meet other conference participants from your region. This engaging and interactive video session will allow you to connect with other minority professionals in an informal setting. Please note that participants will be asked to have their video on during this session to allow for more personal interactions.

*Separate registration is required. Click here to register.

September 23

10 - 11 a.m. CST - From Head to Heart: Where do we go from here?

  • Pamela Jolly, Founder and CEO of Torch Enterprises Inc.

The Financial Services Industry is where People of Color often face decisions that call them to lead with both head and heart. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed business areas for a "win-win" opportunity to support both the balance sheet and income statement of your community while increasing access to roads that lead to long term sustainable minority wealth. Dr. Pamela Jolly, an international speaker and strategist, will share her compelling work on being empowered to bring your legacy and culture to your position to expand the scope of what is possible in the exciting times we live. Learn how your organization's value chain can connect both head and heart with your community. Explore innovative ways to navigate the unchartered territories of greater inclusion and methods to translate new ideas by leveraging your unique perspective and cultural sensitivity to consumers and communities' realities.

5:30 - 7 p.m. CST - The Banker Film: A Conversation - Real Then and Real Now

  • Moderator: Nikki R. Lanier, Senior Vice President and Regional Executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch
  • Brian E. Argrett, President & CEO of City First Bank of DC
  • Keith Drake, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Torrey Pines Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC
  • Jaki Gardner, Consultant at Risk & Regulatory Consulting (RRC)

This provocative 90-minute session will center on the 2020 film, “The Banker,” based on the true story of how two African American entrepreneurs in the 1950s hire a white man to pose as the head of their company so they can help other African Americans pursue the American dream. Attendees are encouraged to watch the movie prior to attending but are not required to in order to participate. Join this thoughtful interactive discussion on financial inclusion that will be led by experienced financial industry trailblazers and leaders.

September 24

11:30 - 12:45 p.m. CST - Covering, Intersectionality, and Allyship: Finding and Activating Your Voice in the Workplace 

  • Jennifer Brown, President, CEO and Founder of Jennifer Brown Consulting

To give their fullest contribution, employees must feel they can bring their full selves to work; however, research shows many do not feel comfortable doing so. They are spending valuable energy every day minimizing or managing aspects of their own diversity – of identity, background, experience – in order to succeed. This takes a particular toll on diverse talent – women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities – at a time when organizations are struggling to recruit, retain, and develop those same individuals. But all of us, and the business, pay the price.

As we navigate our new reality in the months since the health crisis and the black lives matter movement, and as we elevate conversations about race, equity and privilege, we have an unprecedented opportunity in this moment to come together around our shared experiences, and to work together as allies, advocates and accomplices, to create cultures of inclusion where all kinds of talent feel welcome.

Jennifer Brown envisions inclusive organizations where all of us can thrive. Her consulting firm guides some of the world’s largest companies in their diversity efforts. An acclaimed keynoter and podcaster (The Will to Change), Jennifer’s award-winning latest book, How to Be an Inclusive Leader, calls on allies and advocates everywhere to activate their voice.

1 - 2 p.m. CST - Systemic Racism: Leaving Talent on the Table & Shortchanging Our Economy

Systemic racism restricts economic and educational opportunities for many Americans and constrains our country's economic potential. Join a discussion between two senior banking authorities on the continuing impact of systemic racism, the moral and economic imperative to end these destructive practices, and solutions for moving America forward.

  • Moderator: Mike Johnson, Executive Vice President of Supervision, Regulation & Credit at Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Raphael Bostic, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Raymond McGuire, Vice Chairman of Citigroup, Chairman of Banking Capital Markets and Advisor

2 - 3 p.m. CST - Networking Event: Conference Conversations – Review & Recap Together!

Join a breakout conversation to meet other conference attendees and discuss the exciting content shared during earlier sessions including diversity and inclusion, leadership, and banking/economic updates. This engaging and interactive video session will allow you to connect with other minority professionals and experts to have enriching conversations. Participants will be asked to utilize audio and video to allow for more personal interactions.

*Separate registration is required. Click here to register.

September 25

9 - 10 a.m. cst - Leadership in a Time of Crisis Panel Discussion

Leadership is often tested during a time of crisis which makes this conversation timelier than ever. Join Joanne Kim, Mariel Arraiza, and Robert James II leaders from the financial services industry, for insights around a leader’s role during a crisis. This important conversation will include strategies for communicating during a crisis, how to guide and support organizations and employees, as well as the role financial services organizations have in supporting consumers and communities.

  • Moderator: André Anderson, First Vice President of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Joanne Kim, President and CEO of Commonwealth Business Bank
  • Mariel Arraiza, Senior Vice President of Banco Popular Puerto Rico and Eloan Managing Director
  • Robert James II, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Carver State Bank

10:15 - 11 a.m. cst - Making it Stick: Your Post Forum Action Plan

One of the greatest challenges attendees face after participating in motivating, inspiring and empowering learning sessions, is how to make all the great information stick when they get back to their desk on Monday morning. Adult learning expert Jeff Hurt said: “The real work [of learning] actually begins when the education session ends. The real work is the effort the learner uses to transfer and apply the new knowledge and skills so that it improves their performance… The most effective learning programs move the finish line to several weeks or even months after the education session.” In this session Urban Financial Services Coalition will share its best practices for creating an action plan to follow up on what attendees have learned; follow up with new colleagues met during the conference and how to leverage community for accountability.

  • Ditu Kasuyi, Advisory Board President, Urban Financial Service Coalition