Bank Director Seminar at ICBA LIVE

This one-day seminar brings together bank directors and executive community bank leaders from across the country to explore new perspectives on corporate board governance and enhance their ability to promote long-term institutional value. Through expert presentations and interactive sessions, participants acquire valuable skills and knowledge to elevate their leadership and stewardship of their organizations.

How To Register

To attend the Annual Bank Director Current Issues Seminar on March 14, you must register to attend ICBA LIVE. Lunch is included with your registration.



Banks enrolled in the ICBA Bank Director Program receive a special discount on registration. Learn more about the Bank Director Program.

(Must register for ICBA LIVE to attend)



Banks enrolled in ICBA Bank Director Program

Price per person:$199

After Feb. 3:$249

Banks not enrolled in ICBA Bank Director Program

Price per person:$249

After Feb. 3:$299

Thursday, March 14 - Agenda

7:00 - 8 :00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:10 – 9:30 a.m.

Ten "Impossible" Things Directors Must Do

Philip Smith, Gerrish Smith Tuck

The job of a director is certainly daunting at times. Often, you may feel the job is impossible to do, and you may be right. This presentation will discuss 10 “Impossible” things directors must do, but perhaps it is not quite as bad as it seems.

For example, directors think it is impossible to be on the cutting edge of technology, yet they must be up to date to keep their boards and organizations relevant. Sometimes it is impossible to know what the future holds, but you must set a strategic direction that tries to anticipate regulatory questions and stockholder concerns. These and other key topics will be addressed in this upbeat presentation.

9:30 - 10:10 a.m.

Managing Emerging Risks in 2024

Erica Crain and Erica Carlson - CLA

Learn the key risks such as strategic, operational, and financial and priorities for community banks in 2024 to consider and a collective approach to identifying, prioritizing, communicating, and monitoring/mitigating risk as part of an organized risk management approach.

The operating environment, market data, and regulatory scrutiny has changed and so have the risks facing financial institutions. As such, it is important to clearly identify the key emerging risks and how to mitigate/manage risk in a global sense and not in silos.

10:10 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

What I Learned About Banking While Waterskiing

Tom & Kyle Hershberger, Cross Financial

Discover how your organization’s development mirrors recreational activities. This presentation is a lighthearted and fun look at banking using the analogy of waterskiing to present the importance of teamwork, skills development, continuous improvement, preparing for the future, supporting employees within your organization, and creating opportunities to have fun at work.

Shared values and goals have a significant impact on cultures and company success. This presentation will connect company practices with development activities people experience when pursuing success centered on something they enjoy doing.

11:15 - 11:55 a.m.

Navigating Difficult Board and Officer Strategy Decisions

Anton Moch and Amber Kraemer, Winthrop & Weinstine

Discover strategies for decision making both in difficult situations as well as strategic decisions in organizational planning. We’ll provide an overview of existing roles and responsibilities of directors and officers of the bank, the fiduciary and legal duties associated with those roles and how those should be applied as part of an overall sound decision making process for the bank. Additionally, you’ll learn principles to guide strategic decision making with time for questions and discussion on how to apply strategies in real life situations at participants’ organizations.

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch sponsored by QwikRate

1:00 – 1:40 p.m.

The Value of Treasury Management: What Directors Need to Know

Marci Malzahn, Malzahn Strategic

As a bank director, you know that community banks are seeking ways to increase core deposits and non-interest fee income. Treasury management is a key source of additional income and business core deposits and could be the answer!

Learn how treasury management services can bring value to your bank and to your business customers. When you understand your business customers’ cash management needs and the treasury management solutions available, you will be able to provide the right solutions while increasing revenue and decreasing cost of funds.

In this session, you will learn how implementing a world-class treasury management department will become a competitive advantage to your bank.

1:40 - 2:25 p.m.

The Thin Line Between Running & Risking a Bank

Greyson Tuck, Gerrish Smith Tuck

It has been approximately one year since the United States financial system experienced three sudden, unexpected, and significant bank failures. These unexpected events prove there is a very thin line between running and risking a bank.

This presentation will review the contributing factors of these three failures and will detail the important lessons for community bank directors and executive officers. This presentation should not be missed by any community banker that is looking to better understand how to run and avoid risking a bank.

2:25 – 2:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks