This conference is designed to encourage, support, and inspire women to reach for success in their financial careers.

Monday, July 15
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Check-in/Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome from emcee Gail Mikolich, COO Northeast Bank, Minneapolis  
  Alexandra House - Kylie Foss, Community Engagement Coordinator and Heidi Kopischke, Evening Shelter Coordinator

The mission of Alexandra House is to empower victims of domestic and sexual violence, and inspire social change, through education, support, and advocacy.

Please bring a non-perishable item for our food drive.
8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Speed Networking – Round One
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.
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Talent Generation: How to Win the Battle for Talent in Banking – Sarah Sladek, CEO XYZ University

Banks everywhere are contending with multiple challenges tied to regulations, disruptive models and technologies and also experiencing difficulties engaging customers.  With job satisfaction declining across three decades, employee turnover costing organizations billions, profitability shrinking, and millions of Boomers retiring, the outlook for business would seem hopeless.

For too long, we’ve just assumed there is no other way, but author and CEO Sarah Sladek proves there is another way.

Drawing from documented workforce and talent-development research, as well as her own ongoing study of generational impacts, she will share examples of organizations that have been capable of engaging employees in this era of disruption – what they did, why it worked, and how it’s made a difference to the organizations’ outlook and bottom line.  Sladek proves that it’s possible to create an organization designed to engage talent and she will provide the guidance to do it.
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Women in Banking: New, Now, and Next

Del Mari Runck, COO, Neighborhood National Bank, Alexandria

Mary Kay Bates, CEO, Bank Midwest, New Ulm

Laurie Nordquist, CEO, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Jodi Richard, Vice Chairman, CRO, U.S. Bank

Moderated by: Sarah Sladek

Led by moderator Sarah Sladek, Del Mari, Mary Kay, Laurie, and Jodi will tell their own personal career stories and discuss the risks they have taken in their careers, their experience with community involvement, their approach to work/life balance, their perception on the biggest challenges and opportunities for women in financial services, and more.  

11:45 – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Speed Networking – Round Two
1:45 – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Never Give Up – The Survivor Way – Holly Hoffman

As we survive life’s challenges, we come face to face with fear and uncertainty. Challenges may allow us to step out of our comfort zone and push ourselves above and beyond our own self-limitations. What makes us is how we choose to overcome challenges. It is our strength in times of difficulty that prove our character and self worth.

As I share my experience of being on a reality show, I encourage audiences to think about how they decide to survive on a daily basis. I encourage people to think about six words to develop their survival skills. With my six simple words, people can take on any challenge with which they are faced.

Adversity is not so much contending with problems as it is learning more about who we really are and what is inside of us. Join me and explore true survival skills. 
3:30 p.m.