Dr. Richard Deming Medical director at Mercy Cancer Center, Des Moines, Iowa, and found of Above + Beyond Cancer
June 3 | 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Above + Beyond Cancer
How do you climb a mountain? Answer: One step at a time. Join Dr. Richard Deming as he teaches us that through adversity, we can all achieve personal growth. As we focus forward, Dr. Deming will teach us that life is a gift and not a single minute should be “un-lived.”


V.J. Smith Professional speaker and author, Brookings, S.D.
June 3 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Dancing to the Oldies
Technology has sent the world into warp speed and changed many things. Yet, true leadership is based on “ancient” principles. Drawing on 25 years of management experience, V.J. Smith shares the time-tested and core ideas of what separates exceptional leaders from average leaders. Time to go back to the basics.


Dr. Susan Kalsow Vice president of learning and development at Bank Midwest, Arnolds Park, Iowa
June 3 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
What's Wrong With Them? The Importance of Diversity
You’ve thought it. And you’ve probably said it. “What’s WRONG with them? Dr. Susan Kalsow will help us understand ourselves and others better to create a happier and more productive personal and professional life.



Lee Wetherington Director of strategic insight for Jack Henry & Associates, Valdosta, Ga.
June 4 | 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Focusing Forward: What's Coming, What Matters & What To Do Next
Chatbots? Machine learning? Open banking? Faster payments? Should you replace your staff with chatbots or showcase your staff within digital channels? How will the arrival of real-time payments change existing bank products and services? Are bigtechs or digital challenger banks a bigger threat than megabanks? And how will you strategically differentiate your bank from the competition? Join Lee Wetherington for a bottom-line review of what’s new and what matters for community banks.


Dr. Christopher Thornberg Founding partner of Beacon Economics LLC, Los Angeles, Calif.
June 4 | 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Will the real economy stand up?
The U.S. economy had a strong outing in 2018, but market volatility and rising, long-run rates on a backdrop of political chaos in Washington has generated much skepticism regarding the ability for the current expansion to continue much longer. How should the banking industry view credit market risk under such uncertainty?