The ICBND Emerging Leaders Development Program was designed specifically for the future community banker leader.  It will develop strong performers who will drive growth, innovation and change for their community bank.  Members of this program will benefit through individual self-discovery, personal and professional growth and career development.  The ICBND Emerging Leader program aims to support North Dakota's community banks in the development of its people so that these bankers will become impactful leades of influence - for the bank, themselves and their communities.

The future of community banking depends upon a new generation of bankers. These bankers will need to be progressive, technology-smart, legislatively-informed, community-minded, and knowledgeable of what their competition is doing. In addition, our future bankers must become experts at marketing themselves, as well as their bank products and services. And they must become leaders, not only among their industry peers, but in their communities as well.

The ICBND Emerging Leaders Development Program prepares today’s independent bank leaders with the necessary skills to ensure bank profitability. The Emerging Leaders Development Program provides its members the opportunity to develop lifetime business relationships with the best and brightest people in community banking across North Dakota. From networking with peers to political activism, members have the opportunity to help ensure the future of the North Dakota community banking industry.

Here are just some of the benefits you will get with the Emerging Leaders Development Program:

  • Provides access to a tremendous network of community bankers with a vast background of knowledge and experience who are willing to share it in a non-competitive environment.
  • Reinforces the importance of the community banking philosophy and the importance of that philosophy not only to our industry, but to our local communities.
  • Offers enhanced perspective of the importance of ICBND’s legislative efforts in North Dakota and Washington and how best to communicate with elected officials.
  • Provides you the opportunity to learn the skills needed to be a respected, contributing officer of your bank with the ability to handle increasing responsibility.
  • One Emerging Leader is elected to sit as a liaison member of the ICBND Board of Directors. This individual will join ICBND and our ND community bankers at the ICBA Washington DC Capital Summit. Trip expenses will be paid for by ICBND.
  • One additional Emerging Leader will receive a scholarship to attend the ICBA Washington DC Capital Summit
  • To assure ICBND members are getting the most out of this membership, the program is designed with flexibility in mind. Annual membership is to the bank which enables you to register any employee(s) to each event.

The 2020 Emerging Leaders Development Program will include four sessions throughout the year.  Please see below for the current session's information.

Membership Fees; Individual Sessions:

  1. February Session - $299
  2. Summer Annual Summit - $449
  3. ICBND Annual Convention Full Registration - $649
  4. September Session - $199

Membership Fees; Discounted Annual Membership (includes February and September sessions, Summer Annual Summit, and one full registration to ICBND Annual Convention:

  1. One Attendee - $749
  2. Two Attendees - $1299
  3. Each additional member from same bank after two - $549

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Emerging Leaders Development Program Fall Leadership Conference

October 13-14, 2020

Holiday Inn, Bismarck

Day 1 • October 13

Education session will take place at the Holiday Inn Bismarck- 3903 State Street, Bismarck, ND 58503

  • 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Brent Ekstrom, Lewis & Clark Development Group
  • 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Kyle Olson, ND Farm Management Education
  • 4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. SCORE
  • 4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Question & Answer
  • 5:30 p.m. Social & Dinner at Holiday Inn - Sponsored in part by: Lewis & Clark Development Group
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Day 2 • October 14

Education session will take place at the Holiday Inn Bismarck - 3903 State Street, Bismarck, ND 58503

  • 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Debbie Peterson “How Smart Professionals Create Career Success”    Her audiences and clients have shared that they have experienced more clarity of career direction, producing better decisions; an increased focus for clearer, consistent action; and more momentum, keeping them motivated and achieving the next level of success.Debbie is the creator of “The Way Forward Mentorship Program,” and the “The Way Forward Mastery Weekend,” for women and emerging leaders. She is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, Women’s Speakers Association, and an author with her book, “Clarity: How Smart Professionals Create Career Success on Their Terms,” released in 2019. Debbie has long been an advocate for professional women, and in 2015 she stepped on to the board of ATHENA International, a global organization committed to supporting, developing and honoring women leaders. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum.
  • 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Joe Schmit “Impact Leadership”    In this high energy, high-impact presentation loaded with humor Joe Schmit inspires and helps you discover how to ramp up the profound power of your influence. When you become more aware and intentional with the impact you have as a leader, it will improve your bottom line and your R.O.I. – Return on Impact. Through research, Joe has discovered that we make our biggest impressions when we are not trying to be impressive. Impact Leadership is a blueprint to help you improve your company culture, help you develop a high-performance team and make you a leader of significance. If there were a going away party at your work place today, who would the most people show up for? That person is having a "Silent Impact" on everyone around them, but what is their secret? Who would you place on your personal Mt. Rushmore of Influence and why would they be there? What “Impact Resolutions” can you make to become a leader of purpose, persistence and passion? These are answers you will learn in Joe’s session.
  • 12:15 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch - Sponsored in part by Bell Bank      BB Horz Block RGB
  • 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Mike Burke “Fraudsters Toolbox: Targeting the Elderly”   Mike Burke is the Senior Robbery and Crisis Management Consultant for ICBND Associate Member, SHAZAM Network. SHAZAM stacked logo PMS 654  From teaching criminal justice classes, investigating bank robberies and embezzlement as a sergeant detective, and serving as the founding director of the Iowa Central Homeland Security Training Center, Mike Burke is an invaluable resource for organizations looking to improve their understanding and training in robbery and crisis management. His timely, comprehensive and thoughtful presentations regarding robberies, active-shooter scenarios and loss prevention help community institutions enhance their security measures and ensure regulatory compliance. As a member of the Midwest Financial Fraud Investigators, Mike partners with law enforcement and other financial institutions to share information about fraud. In his presentation, “Fraudsters Toolbox: Targeting the Elderly,” Mike discusses how the elderly are a top target for scam artists and financial crimes against this population are becoming more rampant in the age of social media. Find out the different ways fraudsters target these vulnerable citizens using spam and tech support scams, law enforcement and IRS scams, grandparent and romance scams, in addition to phone call scams. Learn how to recognize unusual account activity and use the provided tools to educate your senior cardholders.


Cost includes sessions both days and all meals.

  • ICBND Emerging Leaders Development Program Annual Member FREE
  • ICBND Emerging Leader Alumni $100.00
  • ICBND Member—Non-Emerging Leader Members $150.00
  • Non-ICBND Members $200.00


The Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP) is designed for career-aspiring community bankers who are committed to preserving and enhancing community banking and its philosophies. You do not need to be a member of the ELDP to attend and we encourage all bankers to attend if they can.

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