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2021 Community Banking Forum

The 2021 Community Banking Forum was designed exclusively for executive officers and board members of community banks. The sessions provide you with information on and insights into current topics that are deeply impacting community banks today. To view the recorded webinars, click on the links below.

Session 1: Where are we going? CECL, DEI and industry update

A discussion regarding how the industry is doing and where it is going. Highlighting what the current trends and challenges are for the financial institutions industry. As institutions look ahead, where will they be one, three and five years from now, and how might strategic plans be impacted? Learn what is new on the CECL front and discuss best practices uncovered by early adopters. Learn more about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts and its future impacts, as well as best practices when launching and sustaining DEI initiatives.

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Session 2: Practices that attract and retain employees

In today’s tight labor market, financial institutions have to use a two-pronged approach to talent: first, determining how to find the best talent available in the marketplace and, second, focusing on retaining current employees. In addition to implementing retention practices such as career blueprints, mentoring programs and succession plans, other dynamics come into play, such as understanding the needs of each generation. This session highlights these topics and more!

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Session 3: Digital transformation: Unlocking true potential

Digital has already revolutionized the way financial institutions of every shape and size conduct business, manage their operations and engage. No one is immune to the disruptive threats — and tremendous opportunities — available through digital. During this session, Marcie, Sara and Billy will unpack the organizational requirements, essential tooling and evolutionary client-first mindset that must be present for financial institutions to unlock the true potential of digital within their organizations.

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Session 4: Facing the flat rate environment

As the yield curve continues to deliver low rates, what strategies are financial institutions seeing and implementing to face the challenge? Bank on Wipfli podcast host Robert Zondag explores options and tools to manage the current rate environment as well as ideas to stabilize income currently being used by our clients nationwide. This session will focus on practical approaches for executive leadership teams to consider.

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