The Banker's Institute 2017-2018 program calendar has been finalized. The Banker's Institute meetings will be held at the Grand Street Café*, 4740 Grand Avenue, Kansas City. For a map, click here. A terrific venue, relevant meeting topics and stimulating conversation with other Kansas City bankers awaits you. Mark your calendar! All meetings begin with an opportunity to network from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and a guest speaker.

*The September meeting will be held at The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

To receive reservation information, please contact Stephanie Mareski at

2017-2018 Meetings

Thursday, January 11, 2018
The ADA and Title III - Why Compliance is the Best Idea
Speaker: Meg Conger, Director of ADA Compliance, City of Kansas City, Missouri
Meg Conger will be discussing the Title III ADA basics, including website issues, that impact Title III entities. Topics she will touch on include the benefits of making your business ADA compliant, the potential pitfalls of avoiding ADA compliance, and resources/How-to's for learning about ADA compliance.

Thursday, February 8, 2018
CyberSecurity - Where are we today?
Speaker: John Leak, Chief Strategist, NetStandard
The issue of CyberSecurity is on the minds of everyone. You cannot read or listen to any news without it being a topic of conversation. Come and hear the latest in the world of CyberSecurity including what to expect in your next examination.

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Blockchain, Emerging Technology
Speaker: Brian Laverdure, Director of Emerging Payments Education, EPCOR
Innovation is changing the payments industry as new technologies impact the way consumers and businesses spend their money. Learn more about technologies that may up-end traditional payment methods such as blockchain and proposed solutions evaluated by the Faster Payments Task Force. 


Thursday, April 12, 2018
Social Media
Speaker: Jill Castilla, President & CEO, Citizens Bank of Edmond
Social media is not a fad and the banking industry has caught on to that fact. What's next? Find out how social bank culture has transformed a $250-million asset community bank in Edmond, Oklahoma. Not only is social media deeply integrated into Citizens Bank of Edmond, it's a key component that reaches into every part of the bank. Whether's it's cash mobbing a small business or running a popular downtown event Heard on Hurd, using social media is second nature and a key conductor in communicating the message to an audience. Learn more about how the physical and digital feed seamlessly into each other in an integrated maketing approach.















Thursday, September 14, 2017* - 7:30-9:30 AM
(Breakfast will be served)

Faster Payments: Ready, Set, Go!
Moderator: Ann-Marie Bartels, AAP, CEO, EPCOR
Panel: Maria Akers, Senior Payments Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City;
Susan Doyle, AAP, Corporate Electronic Product Manager, Commerce Bank;
Brad Rein, Chief Officer of Technology, Mazuma Credit Union

*Special Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

The July release of the Faster Payments Task Force Final Report Part Two is a Call to Action for all stakeholders to seize the opportunity to realize the vision of a faster, ubiquitous, broadly inclusive, safe, secure and efficient payment systemin the United States by 2020! Learn more about this vision from task force participants and what two area financial institutions, Commerce Bank and Mazuma Credit Union, are doing to realize the vision of a faster payments system.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
IRS - Criminal Investigation
Speaker: Travis Glaser, Special Agent
A special agent with the IRS Criminal Investigation division will provide information on what they do and the different resources used in their investigations. The agent will also provide how partnering with financial institutions is beneficial and how we can/should do to help. Current trends/cases in the Kansas City area and what we will see in the future will also be discussed. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Teller & Frontline Personnel Night!
Protecting Your Customers and Your Institution from Fraud and Scams
Speaker: Vanessa Riebli, Assistant District Attorney, Johnson County District Attorney's Office
Tellers and front line personnel are a banks first line of defense against fraud.  By knowing the various types of fraud and scams currently being committed, you can better help to protect your customers and your institution against fraud.  Please join us to hear Vanessa Riebli discuss the various types of fraud that she is seeing in the Kansas City area.  This will include counterfeit check fraud, fraud against the elderly, identity theft and internet fraud just to name a few.  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Trivia Night: Test Your Knowledge
Emcee: Lisa Ford, Commerce Bank
What’s the ballet term for a 360-degree turn on one foot? What laundry detergent got lots of mileage out of the ad line, “ring around the collar”? If you can answer any of these questions, then come and join us for a fun evening of trivia!. Join your co-workers or mingle with others to form a team to answer random trivia questions. There will be drawings for gifts provided by Banker’s Institute and its member FIs and Sponsors. The winning trivia team will also receive a gift! Come out for this fun evening of trivia and prizes!