Next Step: Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders

The SDBA has embarked on an exciting effort to build and deepen the connection of the next generation of banking leaders. The SDBA has formed an Emerging Leaders Work Group to identify specifics for emerging leaders programming and develop a marketing plan to support and promote this idea. The work group has developed a marketing strategy around this effort and crafted the following mission statement and objectives.

To grow South Dakota’s future bank leaders

Cultivate: Increase emerging bank leaders’ knowledge and understanding of the SDBA and topics of interest to the banking industry.
Connect: Provide opportunities for emerging bank leaders to network and exchange ideas with other industry professionals.
Engage: Promote involvement and advocacy at the local, state and federal levels.
Empower: Encourage emerging bank leaders to find and express their voices within their organizations, communities, SDBA and banking industry.

If you don't currently receive information on SDBA events but would like to, request an SDBA profile. Questions, contact the SDBA's Halley Lee at 605.224.1653 or via email

NEXT STEP: SDBA Emerging Leaders Summit

The SDBA will hold its first one-day event for emerging leaders. NEXT STEP: SDBA Emerging Leaders Summit will be held Nov. 6, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls Downtown in Sioux Falls. A network reception will be held the evening of Nov. 5, 2019, at R-Wine Bar in Sioux Falls. See the full agenda and register to attend


Graduate banking schools are offered in both Wisconsin and Colorado, and scholarships are available for South Daktoa bankers at each school. Learn more at the links below.