Monday, November 5

5:30 p.m. -
7:00 p.m.
Rooftop Reception
Kick off our annual conference with an evening event you won’t want to miss! Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and music while you experience the views and lights of the capital city… all while mixing and mingling with your peers from around the state.

Tuesday, November 6

8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Emerging Leaders Section Welcome
John Thomas Anderson, ELS President
8:30 a.m. Leading into the Future of Arkansas Banking
Cathy Owen, ABA Chairman, Eagle Bank
9:00 a.m. Think, Act, Lead:
The Science Behind High-Performing Leadership

Elise Mitchell, Mitchell Communications Group
This presentation shares powerful neuroscience principles and cognitive strategies that enable attendees to put the science behind the brain to work for them. You will learn to shift your perspective and optimize thinking to achieve greater results.
10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 a.m.
Effective Leadership
Don Musso, FinPro, Inc.
In an environment of ever-changing generations, it is extremely important to lead effectively. This presentation will discuss how to build your leadership skills as true leadership is not a single skill. It is a collection of traits utilized in a given circumstance. We have found similar principles are utilized by the best leaders in our industry and this presentation will emphasize the necessary traits you need to be an effective leader.
11:15 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Shaping the Future of Arkansas:
Economic Development in the Natural State

Clint O'Neal, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
In this session, Clint O’Neal will provide an overview of the strategy behind AEDC’s mission: the marketing and sales process for identifying new opportunities for growth and how AEDC supports local communities around the state.
1:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:00 p.m. Looking at Leadership Through a Different Lens
Jon Harrison, VIP²
Get at an in-depth overview of the power of having Values-driven, Informed and Passionate People on the “front lines” of your organization. This session will focus on engaging your people, but at the same time, holding them to high standards of behavior and performance.
3:00 p.m. Raffle Prize Drawings

Hilton Garden Inn
322 Rock Street | Little Rock, AR

Group Rate: $109 per night, plus applicable room tax
Group Rate Deadline: Group rate deadline is Sunday, October 21. Please Reference the Arkansas Bankers Association when making your reservation. The attendee is responsible for room payment including taxes and expenses.

Book Online: Click here to reserve your room online

Every banker needs some go-to pictures for social media, bios, etc. Stop by and see our professional photographer on hand during the Leadership Conference to get your complimentary photos taken.

Jon Harrison
Elise Mitchell
Founder & Chairman
Mitchell Communications Group
Don Musso
Clint O'Neal
Executive Vice President of Global Business
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Arkansas Foodbank

The Arkansas Foodbank is the foundation in the fight against hunger. This organizations finds pathways to connect people, resources and food to reach those in need, providing dignity, hope and a brighter future for all Arkansans.

What to bring:
  • Canned meat
  • Canned veggies
  • Cornbread/stuffing mix
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Mashed potato mix
  • Canned/Instant gravy
  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Mac and cheese
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned pie filling
  • Pie crust (shelf stabel)
  • Nuts (all varieties)
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas is dedicated to providing a home-away-from-home for families of children being treated at area hospitals.
What to bring:
  • Plastic forks and spoons
  • Paper plates & paper bowls (microwavable)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Lysol disinfectant spray
  • Wet Swiffer mopping cloths
  • Cups that can hold hot & cold beverages
  • Toiletries/personal hygiene products