October 29-30, 2024

The Park Event Center
500 Division Street, Waite Park MN 56387

The LEAD (Leadership Education And Development) Conference provides the opportunity to cultivate talented bank staff who have future leadership potential. The event focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the next steps in their banking careers. Attendees will:

  • Learn how their roles fit into the larger context at their bank.
  • Receive tips on leadership development.
  • Hear perspectives on how to make a positive impact at any level in an organization.
  • Build valuable industry connections.


Tuesday, June 25th

11:00 am - Noon: Registration & Lunch 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Overview of the Minnesota Farm Economy, Katie Wilts Johnson, U of M Center for Farm Financial Management
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Network Break 
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Panel Discussion: Development of the Next Farm Bill
   Moderator: Jake Jenniges, Integrity Bank, Branch President
Bob Worth, MN Soybean Growers, President 
Carolyn Olson, MN Farm Bureau, Vice President 
Lucas Sjostrom, MN Milk, Executive Director

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Network Break 
3:00 pm - 4:40 pm: Roundtable Discussions (3 Rounds, 30 Minutes Each)

  1. Banker to Banker Open Forum
  2. Dealing with Mental Stress on the Farm, Ted Matthews, FBM, Rural Mental Health Specialist  
  3. Insights in Grain Marketing, Gregg Hansen, Hansen Agri-Commodities
  4. Overview of the MN Dairy Industry, Lucas Sjostrom, MN Milk, Executive Director 
  5. Helping MN Farms Become More Carbon Friendly, Ariel Kagan, MN Farmers Union, Climate Program Director
  6. Overview of the MN Swine Industry, Lauren Servick, MN Pork, Public Policy Director

4:40 pm - 5:30 pm: Vendor Showcase Reception
6:30 pm: Shuttle Departure
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Dinner & Trivia - Grandview Valley Winery

Wednesday, June 26th

7:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast 
9:00 am - 10:00 am: The In’s and Out’s of Farmer Lender Mediation, Mike Dove, Gislason & Hunter
10:00 am - 10:20 am: Network Break
10:20 am - 11:15 am: Adjusting to a Changing Climate, Dr. Kenny Blumenfeld, DNR State Climatologist
11:15 am - 12:00 pm: Buffet Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm: Panel Discussion: Transitioning the Farm to the Next Generation
Moderator: Scott Wakefield 
Matthew Bialick, MJB Law, Attorney 
Myron Friesen, Farm Financial Strategies, Co-Founder
Brent Meshke, MinnStar Bank, Vice President/Ag Lender 
Pam Uhlenkamp, South Central College, FBM Instructor  
1:30 pm: Conference Ends

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Lodging Information
Both hotels are connected to the Park Event Center

Hilton Garden Inn St Cloud
550 Division St, Waite Park MN 56387

Residence Inn St. Cloud
450 Division St, Waite Park MN 56387 



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LEAD Program Committee

Full NameCompanyCityPosition
Riley AdamsFirst Resource BankStillwaterMember
Tiffany Baer PaineSecurity Bank USABemidjiMember
Justin CronenCommunity Development Bank, FSBHancockMember
Anita DrentlawNew Market BankLakevilleMember
Latham H. HetlandFarmers & Merchants State Bank of New York Mills, IncorporatedNew York MillsMember
Juli PoppFarmers and Merchants State Bank of PierzSauk RapidsMember
Austin WibergMinnesota Lakes BankDelanoMember

Questions? Contact Patti Coles at [email protected] or 651-789-3987