September 22-23

The LEAD (Leadership Education And Development) Conference provides the opportunity to cultivate talented bank staff who have future leadership potential. The event focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the next steps in their banking careers. Attendees will:

  • Learn how their roles fit into the larger context at their bank.
  • Receive tips on leadership development.
  • Hear perspectives on how to make a positive impact at any level in an organization.
  • Build valuable industry connections.

Registration opens in April. 

Where: The Park Event Center, Waite Park

Who's invited? 

All community banks – and all staff from CEO to lenders – can attend. 

All associate members are invited. Sponsorship packages include registration depending on sponsorship level. View available sponsorships or contact Greg McCurry at


1st banker: $300
2nd and other bankers from the same organization: $250

Associate member (Sponsor): $300 - sponsorship packages include registration. See our sponsorship page
Associate member (Non-sponsor): $400

***Investments shown are member pricing. 

***Sponsors receive discount code based on sponsorship amount. 

Costs increase $75 when early bird ends on Aug. 21.


Reserve a room in the conference room block at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Room rates: 
King: $129 per night
Queen: $119 per night

Reserve on the hotel's website

LEAD Program Committee

Full NameCompanyCityPosition
Christian MogensenThink Mutual BankRochesterChair
Tiffany Baer PaineSecurity Bank USABemidjiMember
Justin CronenCommunity Development Bank, FSBHancockMember
Randy DornThe First National Bank of HenningBattle LakeMember
Anita DrentlawNew Market BankElko New MarketMember
Juli PoppFarmers and Merchants State Bank of PierzSauk RapidsMember
Heidi WurmStar BankMaple LakeMember

2020 LEAD Sponsors

Bell Bank
United Bankers' Bank
Vantage Point Solutions
Winthrop & Weinstine, PA

Questions? Contact Patti Coles at or 651-789-3987

Unless specifically stated on registration materials, the deadline to receive a refund for your registration is two weeks before the conference, subject to a $50 administrative cancellation fee. Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to the event will not be eligible for a refund.