IBA - Illinois Bankers Association

Education & Events

Annual Conference - Keynote Speakers


Fight the Undermanagement Epidemic:
How to Build a Culture of Strong Leadership

Wednesday, June 21 - 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. He is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer. Since 1995, he has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart and from the Army to the YMCA. Tulgan’s most recent books include Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials and Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent. Tulgan lectures at the Yale Graduate School of Management, as well as other academic institutions, and his writing appears regularly in human resources, staffing and management journals. Undermanagement is rampant in the modern workplace. A full 90% of all leaders and managers do not provide their direct-reports with sufficient guidance, support and coaching. The costs are astronomical leading right to the bottom line. Based on ongoing research since 1993, as well as his best-selling books, It’s Okay to Be the Boss and The 27 Challenges Managers Face, this presentation provides laugh-out-loud stories, poignant insights and concrete takeaways for leaders at all levels.

Leading Ahead of the Banking Curve
Thursday, June 22 - 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Robert B. Tucker is president and founder of The Innovation Resource. Formerly an adjunct professor at UCLA, he has been a consultant and keynote speaker for 25 years. His pioneering research was published in the book Winning the Innovation Game in 1986. Since then, he has continued to publish widely on the subject, including his international bestseller Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change. As one of the thought leaders in the growing innovation movement, Tucker is a frequent contributor to publications such as The Futurist, and he has appeared on PBS, CBS News, and was a featured guest on the CNBC series The Business of Innovation. Clients include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies. This keynote presentation provides a powerful road map for bank leaders who want to drive organic growth, differentiate products and services, and thrive amidst the chaos of industry disruption. Topics include: How to spot and seize emerging technological, economic, regulatory, demographic, lifestyle and social trends. And how to use them as stepping stones to growth, profit and competitive advantage. This practical, power-packed session, based on Tucker’s proprietary research in identifying forward-thinking community banks, will leave you inspired and energized, with actionable ideas and concepts, and charged up to seize the opportunities in this exciting time.

Combating Cybercrime in the Financial Services Industry
Thursday, June 22 - 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Theresa Payton identifies emerging trends and techniques to help combat cyber threats. The first female to serve as White House chief information officer, with prior executive IT roles at Bank of America and Wells Fargo, Payton is one of America’s most respected authorities on Internet security, data breaches and fraud mitigation. Her resume’ now includes a starring role as Head of Intelligence on CBS’s new TV series, Hunted. With real-world strategies and solutions, she helps public and private sector organizations protect their most valuable resources. Drawing from her experience as a veteran cybercrime fighter and entrepreneur of her rapidly-growing cybersecurity firm, Fortalice, Payton masterfully blends memorable anecdotes with cutting-edge insights to heighten awareness of the perils of our uber-connected world. As she delves into the cyber-underworld and the new kinds of threats that can lead to tomorrow’s breaches and insider risks, she offers a proven blueprint to stay one step ahead by thinking like the adversary. Payton’s approachability, combined with her visionary perspective and easy-to-implement strategies, are instrumental to your success in the ongoing battle against cybercrime.

U.S. Economy and Monetary Policy
Friday, June 23 - 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

James B. Bullard, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He oversees the activities of the Eighth Federal Reserve District and participates on the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) which sets the direction of U.S. monetary policy. Bullard is a noted economist and scholar, and his positions are founded on research-based thinking and an intellectual openness to new theories and explanations. He makes public outreach and dialogue a priority to help build a more transparent and accessible Fed. Bullard regularly engages with many audiences—including academics, policymakers, business and labor organizations, among other public groups—to discuss monetary policy and the U.S. economy and to help further the regional Reserve banks’ role of being the voice of Main Street. Bullard is an honorary professor of economics at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also sits on the advisory council of the economics department, as well as several advisory boards. In addition, he is a member of the Greater St. Louis Financial Forum, the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s board of directors and the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council. In the closing keynote address, Bullard shares his insights on the state of the banking industry and what the future may hold in terms of the economy and monetary policy.