2019 Leadership Development Program



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A world-class faculty teamed with the Indiana Bankers Association to tailor a program that will have an immediate, positive impact on attendees and the banks that sponsor them. This series of four sessions, spaced over an eight-month period, is intense and demanding. It is designed for future bank leaders who are motivated and eager to reach full potential. An ambition to excel is a requisite for this series, as is the desire to face and learn from challenges. The ideal candidate for this program should have:

  • The courage to overcome personal weaknesses;
  • A competitive attitude that allows for productive teamwork; and
  • A collaborative spirit that centers on problem-solving, with input from all levels of the bank.

Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this program, attendees will have the skills to:

  • Core concepts of leadership and management;
  • Apply core concepts of leadership and management
  • Articulate and advocate persuasively for the bank and industry
  • Make courageous decisions crucial to the bank’s success
  •  Think, plan and successfully execute bank initiatives
  • Deliver compelling business presentations
  • Motivate themselves and others to help the bank thrive
  • Contribute to the future of banking with innovative,forward thinking
  • Build and lead highperformance teams
  • Developing organizational cultures that sustain success

Leadership Competency Profile
Participants will participate in pre- and post- program surveys designed to provide detailed analysis of their growth and development as leaders based on specific key performance indicators. Roughly two weeks prior to session one, participants will take part in a pre-program survey that will evaluate their Leadership Competency Profile. Results from that survey will be used by faculty to establish performance measurement goals for each participant. Upon conclusion of the program, participants will retake the initial survey to generate comparative data for discussion with their executive sponsors and to establish a new Leadership Competency Profile.

Leadership Development Sessions

March 5-7, 2019
Management of people and leadership of organizations are based upon core concepts.  The concepts are simple; implementation is not. Session 1 covers:

  • The challenge of managing and leading;
  • Dealing with the stress of leadership;
  • How errors in communication destroy relationships;
  • Building presentation skills;
  • Building relationship skills.

May 8-10, 2019
Managers and leaders face difficult situations that require a courageous decision or action. This session unleashes the courage that lies within. Session 2 covers:

  • Conflict management;
  • Negotiating with the boss, a co-worker or customer;
  • Advanced team exercises;
  • Mission planning;
  • Team building;
  • Leading a team.

August 21-23, 2019
Change, integral to business and life, can be high-stress and can shut down managers and leaders who are uncertain about their problem-solving and management skills. This session provides a heightened awareness of what to do and how to do it.  Session 3 covers:

  • Peer-to-peer problem-solving;
  • Emotional intelligence;
  • Crisis communication;
  • Advanced presentation skills;
  • Leading a team under pressure.

WHO DARES WINS - Session 4
October 16-18, 2019
The final session focuses on a thorough assessment of the leadership knowledge, skills and experienced gained during the year-long leadership development program.  In addition, the imperative of "daring" to meet the challenges facing bank leaders of the future will be emphasized, along with the understanding that the "win" of becoming a strong leader is beneficial to their banks, their communities and their lives.  Session 4 covers:

  • Challenges of the future of banking;
  • Digital banking environments;
  • Optimal recruiting and hiring strategies;
  • Organizational culture to drive business results;
  • High performance teams;
  • Graduation

The 2019 IBA Leadership Program will be held at the Wooded Glen, Executive Retreat and Conference Center, located in Henryville, IN. Wooded Glen is 10 minutes from I-65 in northern Clark County. It is a 30-minute drive from downtown Louisville and less than a 90-minute drive from Indianapolis. Wooded Glen is situated on 600 acres of Southern Indiana’s beautiful forest country – it’s a stress-free setting that allows participants to relax without distraction. It is an environment that lends itself to problem- solving and innovative thinking, ideal for accomplishing the objectives of the Leadership Development Program.

Tuition and Educational Discounts
Tuition for the 2019 IBA Leadership Development Program is $4,150 for IBA members.  Only 20 attendees are admitted to the program; admissions are first-come, first-served.  Tuition includes four sessions, materials and all meals. Travel and accommodation costs are not included. Participants will be required to stay at the Wooden Glen Retreat and Conference Center, at the IBA negotiated price of $149 per night.  Attendance at all four sessions is required for graduation. For the duration of this eight-month program, participants will receive a 50 percent discount off the registration fees of all IBA educational events, including the Mega Conference and the Annual Convention.

Limited Class Size - Application Deadline is February 15, 2019

Faculty Leaders
The core faculty consists of three talented and specialized presenters representing the best in each of their areas of expertise. Guest presenters will join the program for one session. The three principal instructors are:

Juli Lynch, Ph.D.
Juli Lynch embraces a passion for working with organizations to develop leaders, teams and cultures that are dynamic, risk-taking and fully engaged in strategic initiatives. Juli has a doctorate in human and organizational development, which has given her the disciplined foundation of understanding organizations and the humans that they are made of. Her master’s degree in motivational psychology further enhances her ability to work with the issues and challenges that keep leaders, managers and staff from reaching their potential. She is also an executive coach – enjoying the opportunity to work with
professionals one-on-one to guide them toward their purpose and passions.
Juli has over 20 years of experience with a long list of organizations, from Fortune 500 to nonprofits to small family-run companies. Much of her work is focused on the financial service industry, giving her a keen insight into the unique challenges faced by frontline staff, management and officers. She is a nationally recognized endurance athlete, once racing with a team of Navy SEALS in grueling multi-sport, ultradistance races.

Jackson Hataway, Ph.D.
Jackson holds a doctorate in organizational communication from the University of Alabama. He specializes in internal and external communication, organizational development, team building and strategic planning. He has a unique ability to couple real-world practicality with new theories of corporate growth and change. Through his work facilitating strategic planning sessions and conducting leadership and team-building seminars, Jackson has learned to identify the resources that are often forgotten or ignored by organizations – and to hone those resources so that they become invaluable.
Jackson’s expertise in communication theory and strategy has led him to work regularly with executives at leading digital technology companies such as Microsoft and Adobe to develop internally and externally facing communication platforms. At the same time, he works with some of the fastestgrowing financial institutions in the US to drive cutting-edge strategy and innovation that impacts that bottom line. All of these engagements enable him to bring a wealth of best practices and insights to clients across the country.

Steve Ahlberg
Steve Ahlberg understands the reality of facing long odds and devising methods for managing them. That’s one thing a career spent in the U.S. Navy has empowered Steve to do: think thoroughly and strategically. In large part, Steve’s core value system took shape during his time as a SEAL and a SEAL team leader. The SEALs are arguably the most versatile of the military special operations’ groups. It is their job to handle the world’s most demanding missions with precision. Steve was a founding consultant with Extreme Arts & Sciences and remains unquenchingly popular because of his ability to wind stories of his military exploits around effective methods of business communication, team leadership and executive training.