Leadership Academy Program


The Leadership Academy training occurs in multiple delivery methods including live events, online coursework and webinar series.

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ICBA’s Community Banker University recognizes that today’s modern learners require their training experience to be multidimensional. Accordingly, the Leadership Academy training occurs in multiple delivery methods including live events, online coursework, and webinar series.

Leadership Academy participants are required to complete the following requirements in a 36-month period:

  • Attend and participate in the following live events:
    • One ICBA Capital Summit; and
    • Two LEAD FWD Summits
  • Complete a series of online coursework focused on regulatory compliance, finance, security, and leadership
  • Watch two separate webinar series on Financial Forensics and Leadership & Personal Development

Live Events

ICBA Capital Summit

It is critical for community bank leaders to understand the importance of using their voices to make meaningful change in Washington. That’s why we incorporated the ICBA Capital Summit into the curriculum for the Leadership Academy.

The Washington Policy Summit gives leaders dedicated time to engage with members of the regulatory agencies and your Congressional representatives. Participants have several opportunities to network with fellow community bank leaders and gain access to a network of voices in which to influence change for your community bank and the industry.

During the Capital Summit, community bankers from around the nation will meet with their members of Congress and federal financial regulators to discuss key issues, hear firsthand from financial and policy leaders, and influence the policymaking process. The Washington Policy Summit is the perfect add to the dynamic Leadership Academy curriculum.

The Capital Summit is hosted by ICBA each April in Washington D.C. The registration fee to the Capital Summit is complimentary at this time. Each banker is responsible for his or her travel, accommodations and personal expenses to Washington D.C.

Participants must attend one ICBA Capital Summit within 36-months from enrolling in the Leadership Academy. For more information click the Enroll button below.

To learn more about the ICBA Capital summit, click here.



The flagship event of the Leadership Academy is the LEAD FWD Summit. This event is focused on moving the community banking industry forward. The LEAD FWD Summit brings together the country’s brightest minds to learn, network, and push the traditional boundaries of the industry forward.

The Summit focuses on moving the community banking industry forward with fast-paced workshops, new collaboration challenges, dynamic whiteboarding sessions with experts, bold keynote speakers, and more! We break down the customary barriers of an exhibit hall and offer participants opportunities to collaborate with modern solutions.  

Be prepared to:

  • Learn new strategies for high performance and maximizing bank ROI,
  • Magnify your leadership talents,
  • Network with colleagues from across the U.S.,
  • Collaborate with community bankers and industry experts,
  • Find inspiration, and
  • Be challenged to THINK BIGGER!

Participants must attend two ICBA LEAD FWD Summit’s within 36-months from enrolling in the Leadership Academy. For more information click the Enroll button below.

To learn more about the LEAD FWD Summit, click here.

Online Courses

Leadership Acceleration Bundle

Online Training

The Leadership Acceleration Bundle is designed specifically to provide technical and personal development tools and skills needed to advance your career as a leader. The curriculum will allow you to effectively implement strategies for your bank’s growth success. Learn and expand your skills and knowledge in six key areas:

  • Communication
  • Bank Compliance
  • Customer Service
  • Human Relationships & Team Building
  • Management & Leadership
  • Financial Operations for Community Banks

Today’s best community bank leaders are well-rounded in their knowledge and expertise. This targeted self-guided training will take you through the core elements of leadership and will prepare you to assume greater responsibility.

You’ll emerge with a better understanding of the critical components of effective leadership and be able to lead with confidence. Learn skills to leverage your strengths as a leader and implement best outcomes at your institution.

Learners complete these courses at their own pace whenever and wherever they wish.  Here is the list of the 26 required online courses:

Participants have 36 months from the time of enrolling in the Leadership Academy to complete the online coursework.
  • Individual Leadership Power
  • Individual Listening Skills
  • Introduction to Emotional Intelligence
  • Communicating Persuasively
  • Coping with Change
  • Managing Change
  • Team Problem Solving
  • Conflict Management
  • Multi-Generational Workforce
  • Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Creating Valuable Customer Relationships
  • How to Build a Profitable Customer Base
  • Business Writing: Reports and Proposals
  • Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Introduction to Deposit Compliance
  • Introduction to Lending Compliance
  • Understanding UDAAP
  • Bank Secrey Act - Senior Management and Directors
  • Business Continuity Management for Banks
  • Cyber & Information Security Overview for Sr. Management & Directors
  • Security: Laws, Rules and Regulations
  • Common Frauds and Scams
  • Ethics for Bankers


Community Bank Financial Forensics

As a community bank leader, you must understand the bank and its infrastructure from many perspectives. This requirement pushes a leader to think creatively outside his or her primary area of expertise and learn principles needed for greater community bank success. In this digital webinar series, new and current community bank leaders will take a comprehensive look at the key technical banking considerations all leaders must understand to improve function and achieve superior results at the bank.

By listening to each webinar, community bank leaders will gain an understanding of the vital questions necessary to ask as a community bank leader. This knowledge will allow for greater relationships, management, and leadership across multiple community bank business lines.

For these webinar downloads to qualify for the Leadership Academy, a questionnaire of completion must be submitted to ICBA’s Community Banker University. Download the Community Bank Financial Forensics Questionnaire or look within your confirmation email. Instructions for submitting the completed questionnaire can be found on the bottom of the document.

This webinar series is presented by financial institution professionals at CliftonLarsonAllen.

A total of five webinars comprise this series:

As community banks look to outsource more and more services, the importance of proper vendor management continues to be top of mind for community bankers.  This digital webinar will peel back the layers of an impactful community bank vendor management program, providing community bankers with useful tips for developing and enhancing your current program.

Presenter: Sherry Jessen

This digital webinar will focus on the cyber policy, procedure, and strategic application necessary for community bank leaders. Instructors will discuss the key leadership skills needed to lead the bank’s fight against hackers, cyber criminals and more.

Community bank leaders will gain practical knowledge that can be immediately applied at their institutions related to: protection of the bank’s digital infrastructure, system vulnerabilities and risk mitigation action, avoiding a disruption in customer products and services, necessary controls in place to effectively deploy and monitor a cyber plan, and maintenance and protection of critical data.

Presenter: John Moeller

Too often, we get engrossed in our day-to-day responsibilities, forgetting to take a step back and look at the big picture.  This digital webinar is designed to take a “big picture” approach to community banking, discussing a variety of topics explaining how community banks make money. 

Presenters: Neil Falken and Josh Juergensen

Compliance management in today’s regulatory battlefield can be the difference between moderate improvement and winning success at a community bank. Every community bank leader, regardless of primary responsibilities, must be keenly aware of these ten keys to effective compliance management. This digital webinar will supercharge your leadership skills and provide you modern techniques to ensure your bank’s compliance management function is proactively positioned. Takeaways discussed will give attendees the tools to take on both regulatory scrutiny and customer demands.

Presenter: John Zasada

This webinar will reveal how you can leverage audit strategies to catapult your community bank into greater success. Learn how to analyze call report data beyond standard reports, how to utilize data analytics to improve your audit function and be able to identify areas in which the use of data analytics can be effective.

Presenter: David Heneke

Leadership & Personal Development Skills

If you can lead, you will succeed. Community bank leaders should use this statement to catapult their learning into high gear. As a community bank leader, you get to look beyond today and look for opportunities to lead yourself, your bank, and your community forward.

The community, both within and outside a bank, needs its leaders to evolve even before they ask. Remember that as a community bank leader, your view of the future is contagious. In this webinar series, three leadership experts share their fearless thoughts and observations to offer you valuable insights into taking your leadership skills to peak level.

For these webinar downloads to qualify for the Leadership Academy, a questionnaire of completion must be submitted to ICBA’s Community Banker University. Download the Leadership & Personal Development Skills Questionnaire or look within your confirmation email. Instructions for submitting the completed questionnaire can be found on the bottom of the document.

A total of four webinars comprise this series:

This program helps individual contributors make the transition to leadership positions in a smoother more efficient manner. Some organizations will also utilize the program as part of a succession planning process.

Presenter: Brad Federman

Personal brand is the synthesis of several key components. When these pieces come together they create the whole picture that the rest of the world recognizes as You. As professionals and leaders, we spend time, energy, and resources finding new ways to be more successful. The factors that pay the most dividends are the same ones that are most often overlooked or disregarded. They are the intangible factors that allow us to showcase our hard-earned skills, present ourselves effectively, and effectively engage with others. Learners will identify the critical components of Leadership Brand, identify brand attitudes, strengthen influence, and communication, and formulate strategies that form the basis of a personal development plan.

Presenter: Sara Canaday

Your brain is the single biggest driver of your energy, your focus and the results you realize in every area of life. Your career, finances, physical health and relationships are constantly created and influenced by your thinking. Gain a better understanding of how your brain creates your experiences, how it shapes your results and how to overcome your brain’s default settings. Learn to harness the incredibly creative capacity of your mind and achieve your personal best – professionally, financially and personally.

Presenter: Roger Seip

Implementing change is often hindered by our ability to clearly communicate technology needs to the business owners and the management team. By speaking the same language, you will have the opportunity to elevate IT from the helpdesk to a true partner, and strategist within your organization. Technologists today need to create meaningful cost benefit analysis, leverage user assumptions, and manage your organization's capacity for change.

Presenter: Christina Churchill