Why Attend

Sept. 18-19, 2023 • Kansas City, Missouri

Why Attend the LEAD FWD Summit?

Own the Future

The ICBA LEAD FWD Summit is the only national leadership conference for the community banking industry and delivers powerful learning for leaders at every level.

By focusing on the principles of leadership, the latest technical banking innovations, and the role of advocacy, we prepare community bankers like you to own the future.



Gain the tools, training, and peer network to achieve your goals.

LEAD FWD teaches you how to embrace a leadership mindset and lean into your power skills through team building, problem solving, and critical thinking exercises.

Technical Banking

Learn about game-changing trends and technologies that are reshaping the financial services landscape.

LEAD FWD goes to the forefront of the fintech revolution and explores industry transformations from enterprise risk management to banking in the metaverse.


Strengthen the community bank industry and the vitality of Main Street America.

LEAD FWD explains the critical issues our industry faces, shows you how to amplify your voice in Washington, and bring positive change in your local community.

Who Attends

Ambitious community bank professionals from all areas of the bank — operations, credit, retail, wealth management, information technology, marketing, administration, finance, and more — who are ready to lead forward in their careers and own the future. 

Make the Case

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Message to C-Suite

Give your high performers a LEADership experience like no other.

For 10 years, community bank executives from across the U.S. have sent their rising stars to the ICBA LEAD FWD Summit to learn, grow, share ideas, network, and reenergize.

This event blends the tactical, the practical, and the strategic with cutting-edge content and expert insights. Attendees learn what it takes to become agile thinkers, so they can make tough calls and transform into the strong innovators and problem solvers that your bank needs.

What they'll learn about

  • Cryptocurrency

  • Cultivating Culture

  • Customer Engagement

  • Cybersecurity & Data

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

  • Employee Engagement

  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

  • Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

  • Grassroots Advocacy

  • Instant Payments

  • Personal Growth & Leadership

  • The Future of Banking