General Session Descriptions
Thursday, August 4th
Moving At the Speed of Innovation, Tamara Ghandour
A Leader’s Playbook to Win at Innovation and Gain a Competitive Advantage in a Rapidly Changing Marketplace. Incremental change or business-as-usual isn’t enough anymore. To succeed in this fast-paced, ever-changing landscape, you must strengthen the new skill required for success - innovation; or risk becoming irrelevant. Your employees require it, your clients demand it, and your competition will force it. The good news is, the key to outmaneuvering change and outperforming the competition is already within you and the teams you lead. You simply need to unlock it.
Innovation Deep Dive: Learn the skills and practice igniting innovation in the "next normal", Tamara Ghandour
In this highly interactive and somewhat unconventional session, Tamara will take you through a series of exercises that will use real world scenarios to learn the skills necessary to move your business forward.
Lakeside Chat on Faster Payments and FEDNOW, Reed Luhtanen | Executive Director, U.S. Faster Payments Council & Connie Theien | SVP & Director, Payments Industry Relations, Federal Reserve System
In this session Reed Luhtanen, Executive Director of the U.S. Faster Payments Council will talk with Connie Theien, SVP of Industry Relations in the Federal Reserve System about the coming launch of the Federal Reserve’s new service, FedNow, how to drive adoption and usage of faster payments, and how financial institutions can begin to develop a strategy for implementing instant payments.
Central Bank Digital Currency, Scott Green | Product Innovation, SHAZAM
Central banks from around the world are in various stages of research or implementation for central bank digital currencies. We will discuss why they’re of interest, how they may be structured, how they may impact our industry, and public policy considerations that remain for US stakeholders.
Friday, August 5th
ICBA ThinkTECH All-Stars, Charles Potts | EVP, Chief Innovation Officer, ICBA
Innovation is often described as taking 2 things and combining them in a new and different way. Join us for a lively review of some ICBA ThinkTECH all-star alumni companies in a “Shark Tank” meets “Dancing With the Stars” mash-up, showcasing some new and innovative approaches to solving the many challenges faced by community banks and their customers. You’ll first get to meet the companies in a fast-pitch session, followed by a chance to go one-on one with each of them in a later break-out session.
The State of Minnesota and American Politics Today, David Schultz | Hamline University Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota
Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Your Bank in Transformational Times, Jack Uldrich
The 2022 elections are upon us. This talk examines the state of politics in Minnesota and across the US, looking at the issues and trends that will impact the 2022 elections and beyond.
The world has catapulted into a future of deep change. In this engaging, provocative, and insightful keynote session acclaimed global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will not only discuss how the world of tomorrow is exponentially transforming, he explains why so many of the trends that were on the horizon this year continue to accelerate.