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Tuesday, October 26
8:15 a.m. Log-in & Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome from the Emerging Leaders Section
Brandon Gentry, ELS President, Cross County Bank

Welcome from the Arkansas Bankers Association
Lorrie P. Trogden, President & CEO, Arkansas Bankers Association
Jim Cargill, Chairman, Arvest Bank
9:00 a.m. A Conversation with Arkansas Business Executives
Moderated by: Beth Presley, Marketing Manager, Arvest Bank
Kristi Crum, CEO, Rock Dental Brands
Tommy Keet, Partner, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café
Michael Stewart, CEO, Saline Health System
10:15 a.m. Morning Stretch Break
10:30 a.m. The Power of Influence
Hilary Trudell, Director of Local Programs and Regional Outreach, Clinton School of Public Service and Executive Producer, The Yarn Storytelling
This motivational hour will focus on growing influence skills for up-and-coming leaders in the banking industry. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their leadership potential by confidently leading others towards positive change in the workplace and beyond. How does influence relate to leadership? How can you demonstrate your influence skills to lead others? You won’t want to miss the answers to these questions and more during this powerful session.
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Announcement & Recognition of 2021-22 ELS Council and
Financial Literacy Update
1:00 p.m. The Federal Reserve and Financial Instability
Dr. Tim Yeager, ABA Chair of Banking and Professor of Finance, University of Arkansas
During this session, we will discuss the potential sources of instability that result from the Federal Reserve’s aggressive monetary policy. We’ll delve deeper into these important issues that affect you and your bank.
1:45 p.m. Afternoon Stretch Break
2:00 p.m. ELS Council: Our Careers in Banking
2:15 p.m.

The Climb of my Life |
Active Leadership: Lessons I Learned Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro

Liz Nead, Author, Speaker, Coach, Adventurer
Liz took on the challenge to travel to Tanzania and climb to the roof of Africa in search of adventure and transformation. She returned with a changed vision of leadership. With entertaining, exciting stories and visual videos and images, Liz tells the tale of her once-in-a-lifetime climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and her introduction to Active Leadership.

Thirteen inexperienced people from all over the world gathered at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. It would take 7 days and 40 climb staff to summit and descend the mountain through eight-hour hikes and 20 degree nights. Through the process, Liz witnessed a different kind of leadership than what she was accustomed to in the traditional corporate setting. The climb strategy, dubbed by Liz “Active Leadership” is focused on a stretch-goal, characterized by kind planning, measured paces and inspirational encouragement.

Each team member had both a specific assignment and responsibility for the group goal. No role or detail is too insignificant. By the end of the successful climb, the group was inspired, transformed and grateful, a hallmark of Active Leadership. This process, a combination of project management, servant leadership and visionary planning, is easily applied to sales teams, corporate groups, and project teams.

3:15 p.m. Bill Holmes Leadership Award Presentation
In honor of former Arkansas Bankers Association President Bill Holmes (1949-2018), we proudly present this annual award which recognizes outstanding leadership among the emerging leaders in Arkansas banking.
3:30 p.m. Wrap-Up & Adjournment

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Kristi Crum
Rock Dental Brands

Liz Nead
Author, Speaker, Coach, Adventurer

Tommy Keet
Taziki’s Mediterranean Café

Michael Stewart
Saline Heath System

Hilary Trudell
Director of Local Programs & Regional Outreach, Clinton School of Public Service
Executive Producer, The Yarn Storytelling

Dr. Tim Yeager
ABA Chair of Banking
Professor of Finance, University of Arkansas