Overview | Compliance/Operations | Financial Management | General Banking/Sr. Mgmt | Human Resources | IRAs | Lending | Marketing | Technology/Security | Trust


Human Resources Schools

Dakota School of Banking

Sponsored by the South Dakota Bankers Association and North Dakota Bankers Association, the Dakota School of Banking is held in June on the campus of Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota. The school provides a focused education of the banking industry. Bankers at all levels benefit from the well-rounded curriculum that builds on fundamental skills and focuses on emerging trends. Students enroll for two years, attending one week each summer.

Classes are held in a $4.5 million facility that features state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs. The first-year session provides students with a general overview of the banking industry and banking departments. The second-year session builds on this general banking knowledge and adds a computerized bank management simulation.

Attendees are generally first- or mid-level managers seeking advancement in their banks and careers. However, others who would benefit from exposure to the banking industry and increased familiarity with the individual components that make up a bank are also encouraged to attend. For more information, click here to go to the NDBA's website.

Human Resource Management School


Today's successful human resource professional in the financial services industry needs a clear understanding of critical human resource issues as well as a working knowledge of the business of banking. From recruitment to selection, performance management to career development, the human resource function has a direct impact on a financial institution's productivity and bottom-line results.

That's why GSB offers the Human Resource Management School, a respected one-week school that provides the foundation for new or veteran human resource professionals to tie together important issues in human resource management with an understanding of the business of banking.

This exceptional one-week school is available for traditional resident students—or, online through a live Internet Webcast—to allow HR professionals to gain critical knowledge about banking, human resource management and employee performance through a learning format that fits individual needs. The live Webcast will provide streaming video and audio over the Internet, and will allow for interactive participation. It’s like sitting in the classroom, from the convenience of your office.

The School is held in April each year in Madison, Wisconsin. This school has been postponed to a later date due to COVID-19.

For detailed information about the school go to the GSB website.

Graduate Banking School


Students acquire a broad knowledge and understanding of major bank functions and their interrelationships, and develop the skills required to lead and manage effectively. The school's curriculum reflects the contemporary trends impacting the financial services industry. Core courses address broad areas of finance, marketing, management and the environment in which banks operate while elective allow students to customize their learning experience.

Over the course of 25 months, through a mix of lectures, bank simulations, case study discussions and hands-on projects, you will learn to:

  • Retain your best customers
  • Increase your market share
  • Analyze market conditions to effectively manage risk
  • Achieve a sustainable competitive advantage
  • Utilize technology effectively to improve performance
  • Improve bottom-line results
  • Manage change through agile leadership

The School is held in August each year in Madison, Wisconsin. Scholarships are available (contact Halley Lee at [email protected] if you are interested). 

For detailed information about the school go to the Graduate School of Banking Wisconsin website.

Graduate School of Banking in Colorado

GSBC offers a first-class educational experience and is proud to be the country’s premier graduate community banking school. GSBC prepares banking students to succeed through real-world targeted banking curriculum structured around four tracks—leadership and human resources; general management; lending; and financial management.

At GSBC you will:

  • Develop strategies to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities within your institution and the financial services industry.
  • Receive practical training to apply to your day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Establish an irreplaceable network of banking professionals with whom you can share ideas and information across the nation.
  • Develop critical analytical, management, and leadership skills.
  • Receive a comprehensive set of materials that will serve as an important reference manual.
  • Discover information on the most current, best practices in community banking from world-class faculty who are experts in their fields.

The GSBC curriculum is targeted at enhancing the analytical and leadership skills of community bankers to prepare them for senior management positions within the bank. First and second year students will complete intersession projects in the months between the school session. Third year students will participate in Bank Management Simulation, a realistic simulation of an actual banking environment that ties together concepts learned throughout the program.

The School is held in July each year in Boulder, Colorado. Scholarships are available (contact Halley Lee at [email protected] if you are interested).

For detailed information about the school go to the GSBC website.

GSB/Wipfli Strategic HR Forum

Join industry expert Terry Saber and HR colleagues from around the country to vet and strategize today's most pressing HR priorities! This highly interactive forum is not to be missed and is designed especially for graduates of the GSB Human Resource Management School and/or GSB Advanced HR Seminar, plus select clients of Wipfli, LLP who, based on experience, will benefit from this attendee-driven advanced HR leadership program.

This is YOUR forum ... we will gather information prior to the event to learn what key topics you most want to discuss. Bring your ideas, bring your challenges -- this is sure to be an energy-packed program based on what you want to learn about! A core set of topics will be discussed during this program, plus participants will have the opportunity to drive the curriculum by providing feedback on current HR issues they'd like addressed in a pre-session survey. You can be assured of a relevant, engaging discussion with experienced colleagues, facilitated by leading HR and strategic planning expert Terry Saber, on the topics that matter most to you as a senior HR professional in banking. Changing demographics, new competition, the challenge to recruit and keep top talent, compensation and benefits -- all are undergoing rapid changes that require today's HR professional to stay ahead of the curve. You won't want to miss it!

This exclusive, interactive program is limited to graduates of the GSB Human Resource Management School and/or GSB Advanced HR Seminar, plus select Wipfli clients who, by experience, would be eligible to attend this advance-level HR program. The Forum is being held in Bloomington, MN. Deadline for submission is September 15. Go to the GSB website for more information.