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Women's Leadership Conference

Women's Leadership Conference


Schedule of Events

8:00 - 8:30  Check-in/Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 – Welcome & State of the Industry Report 
Joe Witt, MBA President/CEO
Receive an update on the state of the financial industry – both locally and nationally, what issues are on the front burner, and hear how the MBA is working for its members followed by Q & A.

9:30 - 9:45  Break

9:45 - 10:45 – Why Women Don’t Ask
Nan Gesche, MA
Many of us are playing by rules we learned in grade school - rules that may not be serving us well as adults. We bite our tongues instead of sharing our thoughts and feelings. Have you ever swallowed your views only to end up feeling like a doormat?  Whether it is asking for a raise at work, dealing with a bully in your life, or finding a way to give back to the world, it all starts with being clear about why the message is important.

How do we speak up for the things that matter to us? How do we find the voice to start difficult conversations? This session will give you tools on how to  harness your personal story and find the confidence to address what matters most to you - and to address it with power and clarity.

10:45 - 11:00 – Break

11:00 - 12:00 – Speed Networking
Join us for a fast-paced networking session to help you get to know other conference attendees and discuss current issues and trends in banking.

12:00 - 1:00 – Lunch

1:00 – BestPrep Update
Shana Hoffer, BestPrep Development Manager
BestPrep is a statewide nonprofit organization with a mission to prepare students with business, career and financial literacy skills through hands-on experiences that inspire success in work and life.
1:15 - 3:15 – Leadership Bootcamp
Susan Leahy MA, CSP
In this high-energy, powerful and interactive session we will explore personal permission, confidence and leadership in ways that will require you to push yourself beyond your current paradigm. Get ready to stretch yourself, and improve both your life and your career through this one-of-a-kind leadership training! Participants will leave feeling motivated and with a greater level of personal and professional confidence.

How You Will Benefit:

  • You will understand what a leader is...and is not
  • You will project a more dynamic image
  • You will discover your own unique leadership style
  • You will determine which leadership attributes you already possess
  • You will get noticed through finding your own leadership voice
  • You will find out what people expect of and respect in a leader
  • Each attendee will receive a complimentary MP3 of Susan’s “Confident Public Speaking” Audio Training
3:15 – Adjourn


Joe Witt
Joseph Witt has served as the President/CEO of the Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) since 2003. The MBA’s motto is “The Champion For Minnesota Bankers,” and Joe constantly works to ensure that the association is an effective advocate on behalf of the Minnesota banking industry. Witt is a licensed attorney who began working for the MBA’s legal department in 1996. He is recognized as an industry expert and is a frequent lecturer and instructor at various banking and legal functions. Joe also represents the industry at the state legislature and is one of the MBA’s primary contacts with the media.

Nan Gesche, MA
Nan Gesche is an expert in finding out where things go wrong and helping them go right. As an educator, speaker, and consultant, her passion is to “help people play well together.” She currently teaches for the U of M’s Communication Studies Department and the College of Continuing Education, St. Thomas’ Center of Excellence, and the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin.

Susan Leahy, MA, CSP
Susan Leahy, MA, CSP is a loving, powerful committed woman. She is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) as well as the co-founder of Group to TEAM Leadership Solutions, a training and consulting organization that supports clients to build a “Culture  of TEAM” by empowering the voice of the individual.

Susan understands that great TEAMs run great meetings and she is also the creator of Robert’s Rules Made Simple. Susan’s Robert’s Rules of Order webinars and online training products are used by thousands of boards across the U.S. and Canada to run more effective meetings.

Susan’s passion for coaching and supporting women led her to develop “The Confident Woman Program,” an online movement that connects women to their confidence while elevating the condition of women worldwide.

Registration Fee (This fee includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments)
1st registrant: $299.00
Each additional registrant from same bank or organization: $269.00
Qualified Non Member:

Note:  You will be given the option to pay by credit card or to invoice your company during the checkout process.

Dates & Times

May 11, 2017
Program:  8:00 AM - 3:15 PM


Marriott Minneapolis West
9960 Wayzata Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN  55426
Click here for directions


Lodging is not included in the registration fee. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Minneapolis West for Wednesday, May 10th for $132.00 plus tax per night. Call 952-544-4400 and ask for the Minnesota Bankers Association block. Reservations must be made no later than April 19, 2017.

Cancellation Policy

The MBA reserves the right to cancel programs due to insufficient enrollment, instructor illness, or other reasons. Participants wishing to cancel must inform the MBA in writing prior to the event. Send cancellation notices to maryh@minnbankers.com. A cancellation fee of 25% of the program cost will be charged for withdrawing, or you may send a substitute. The full program fee will be charged for withdrawing after the event has taken place or a no-show. 


Qualified non-members are encouraged to apply. Please call our office for further information.

Special Needs

If you have a disability that may affect your participation in this program - or any dietary issues - please send a statement regarding any special needs at least two weeks prior to the program. We will contact you to discuss accommodations.
5/11/2017 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Marriott Minneapolis West 9960 Wayzata Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Online registration not available.

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