Wednesday, December 5

4:30 p.m. -
7:00 p.m.
Holiday Sip & Shop Networking Event
Meet up with old friends, and make new connections at the 2018 Women in Banking Holiday Sip & Shop networking event in the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom. We will have local vendors selling jewelry, crafts, goodies, and more — so grab a glass of Moscato and knock some names off your Christmas list, or treat yourself! Not in a shopping mood? There will be appetizers, chatter and holiday music to indulge in as well!

Thursday, December 6

8:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Cathy Owen, ABA Chairman, Eagle Bank & Trust
9:15 a.m. I Have Your Back! Build Each Other Up, Not Down
Sarah Noll Wilson
Research shows that globally, women consistently underestimate their competence and as a result experience lower levels of confidence compared to their male counterparts. How can we overcome this confidence gap? One way we can help close this gap is by become powerful champions for each other. Sometimes it takes someone to believe in you before can believe in yourself. Together we will explore why, more than ever, women need to intentionally build each other up instead of breaking each other down. You will leave with powerful practices to become a powerful champion.
10:30 a.m. Networking / Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. Step UP, Speak UP, Show UP -
Confident Communication Strategies for Women in Business

Debbie Peterson, Getting to Clarity
How is YOUR communication style holding you back? Whether you own your own business or work for a corporation, every aspect of your career involves communication with others. Communication is vital for you and your team to succeed but are you aware of what may be sabotaging it? Communication is so much more than the words you speak. Take charge of your personal communication and experience the professional results you deserve! Click here for the handout.
12:00 p.m.
Lunch / Bankers Give Back
1:00 p.m. The Successful Mentoring Mindset
Debbie Peterson, Getting to Clarity
Mentoring is a powerful process, but it isn’t always what you think it is. Discover the subtle nuances of mentoring and how you can put this powerful tool to work for your organization. Get Clarity on all of the different methods that can be utilized in your organization as well as how to build a platform that gets your employees building relationships, growing business and creating consistent value for all involved.Click here to download the handout.
2:00 p.m. Networking / Snack Break
2:15 p.m. How to Navigate Being a Woman in Banking in 2019
Moderated by: Natalie Bartholomew, The Girl Banker
Panelists: Mary Beth Brooks, Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center; Shelly Loftin, American Bankers Association; Molly Carpenter, FNBC Bank
Women in banking have obstacles and challenges that differ greatly from their male counterparts. So, what does it look like to be a woman in banking in 2019? This panel of experienced women bankers will cover topics that include salary negotiation, overcoming gender barriers in the banking industry, the struggles of being a working mom, and much more.
3:15 p.m. Common Employment Law Misconceptions
Tori Jones, Rose Law Firm
It’s so important to value diversity, invest in and protect all of your employees. We’ll discuss FMLA and various employment laws women need to know about.
3:45 p.m. Prize Drawings

Hilton Garden Inn
322 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

Group Rate:
$109 per night (single or double), plus applicable room tax

Group Rate Deadline: Monday, November 14, 2018
Reference “Arkansas Bankers Association” to receive the group rate.

Book Online: Click here to book your room online

Clinton Presidential Center
1200 President Clinton Ave
Little Rock, AR 72201
We’re excited to host the ABA Women in Banking Conference in the Clinton Presidential Center! You’ll love the beautiful setting, complete with views of the Arkansas River and downtown Little Rock.

Click here to view a list of attendees
Natalie Bartholomew
Chief Marketing Officer & VP
Grand Savings Bank
Tori Jones
Rose Law Firm
Debbie Peterson
Speaker & Strategist
Getting to Clarity
Sarah Noll Wilson
Sarah Noll Wilson, Inc.
Little Rock Fire Department
Little Rock Fire Department

Thanks to this annual toy drive, children in foster care from across the state will find presents under the tree on Christmas morning.

What to bring:
  • New Toys
  • Games
  • Books
  • Clothing - including coats, hats, mittens, and shoes
Donations should not be wrapped.
Our House

Our House empowers homeless and near-homeless families and individuals to succeed in the workforce, in school, and in life through hard work, wise decision-making, and active participation in the community.

What to bring:
  • New (in package) women's underwear, size S-4XL
  • Hygiene items
  • Bras
  • Tennis shoes
  • Jeans