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VBA Emerging bank leaders Events 

New! EBL Innovation Series

The EBL is offering new joint networking events with members of the Virginia Society of CPAs and the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia. The events will feature a panel with members from each of the three organizations! Join us as these executives discuss "Innovation, Disruption and the Future of Our Industries".

An event took place in Richmond on August 15. See below for the details of the next event, which will take place in Virginia Beach. Click on the image to register. 

Contact Chandler Owdom with questions. 

Diversity & Inclusion in the Banking Industry

3-5 pm
Hofheimer Event Venue - Dark Room Lounge
2818 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23230

Who Should Attend

All bankers interested in learning more about diversity and inclusion in the banking industry. 


This is a free event held jointly with the Risk Management Association. Food and drink are on your own.


  • Tamika Brewer, Atlantic Union Bank- As Head of Teammate Engagement/Vice President, Tamika will discuss her bank's individual efforts and perspective on this topic.
  • Bruce Whitehurst, Virginia Bankers Association - VBA's President & CEO will discuss the industry's perspective and provide an update on what the VBA is doing.
  • Adrienne Whitaker, SOAR365 and C&F Bank Advisory Board - An expert in this field, she will talk about her experience managing diversity councils, developing relationships with diverse organizations and universities, and implementing D&I programs.

Registration Fees

FREE event!
*Registration is limited to the first 50 registrants. 


Leadership Conference 

November 14-15, 2019
The Craddock Terry Hotel
Lynchburg, VA

Who Should Attend

This conference is designed for emerging banking leaders and members of the Virginia Bankers Association Emerging Bank Leaders (EBL) group. This conference will give Emerging Bank Leaders the opportunity to share ideas and network with peers from across the state. You do not have to be an EBL member to attend. 

If you are a bank professional looking to gain new skills and interested in growing and progressing within your banking career, this is the event for you. You will hear from leadership speakers and learn ways to engage with the banking industry as you network with individuals from all over the Commonwealth.

Attention VBA Leadership Conference First-Time Attendees: Register for the Leadership Conference Today for the Chance to Win a Free 2-Night Stay at the Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg!

The VBA is offering a free, 2-night stay at the conference hotel, the Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg, to one lucky first-time attendee! The two nights must be used for your stay DURING the Conference. Register by October 3rd to take advantage of this giveaway and be sure to mark on your registration that you are a first-time attendee. The winner will be selected at random on October 4th and notified that day. All other attendees will need to reserve their hotel room directly with the hotel by October 23rd. 

Register Now

Click here to register online for this event and save! Pricing goes up on October 4.

Registration fees:

Now-October 3:
Members - $425
Non-members - $925

October 4-October 24:
Members - $455
Non-members - $955

October 25-November 14: 
Members - $485
Non-members - $985

2019 Hotel Information

The Craddock Terry Hotel
Lynchburg, VA
1312 Commerce St

The VBA has negotiated a room rate of $139+tax. To reserve a room, please call the main hotel number at 434-455-1500 and reference booking the "VA Bankers Association Group Block". Rooms must be reserved by October 23rd. 

2019 Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to view the sponsorship opportunities available at the Leadership Conference. Questions? Contact Amy Binns | | 804.819.4726

2018 Conference in Review

Thank you to the 75 attendees who came to the 2018 conference in Charlottesville at The Graduate Hotel!

    Click Below to Watch the CEO Panel Lightning Round Questions

    Topics & Agenda

    To view the full agenda from 2018, click here.

    EBL Award Winners

    Every year, Emerging Bank Leaders are honored with awards for their contributions to the banking industry and the EBL. Congratulations again to:
    • Browning Herbert, Outstanding EBL Member in Financial Literacy;
    • James Bowen, First Bank & Trust Co., Outstanding EBL Member in Government Relations;
    • Adam Hill, Atlantic Union Bank, 2017-2018 Chair of the EBL, who was honored for his service to the group. 

    Conference Photos

    Click here to see the photos from this year's event! You must be logged into your Facebook profile and be a member of the Emerging Bank Leaders Facebook group. Request to join with one click if you're not already a member!

    Click Below to Hear Adam Hill's Thoughts on His Time as EBL Chairman

    Thanks Again to Our 2018 Sponsors

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    Additional EBL Resources

    If you are not already a member of the VBA Emerging Bank Leaders group and would like to join, please click here to sign-up. For new and current members alike, please click here for more information on next steps you can take to increase your engagement with the group. Additionally, our EBL flowchart tool will help you get an idea of the many ways that you can get involved. With questions, please contact Chandler Owdom at (804) 819-4707.