Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

We're Education Advocates, Too

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

We're Education Advocates, Too

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"ABA's Stonier program is unique.... Graduates earn both a Stonier diploma and a Wharton leadership certificate"

--Albert C. "Kell" Kelly, Jr., President and CEO, SpiritBank, Bristow, Okla.

Advocacy is at the top of ABA's activist agenda--to free our banks from regulatory quicksand so we can serve our customers, create jobs, and grow our communities.

ABA also is known for another kind of advocacy. We're advocates for education. In April, 1,500 bankers visited classrooms and community centers around the country to teach young people the importance of saving as part of the ABA Education Foundation's Teach Children to Save program. We're also educating bankers about compliance. And we're training directors so they can meet their responsibilities to stakeholders as part of the ABA Convention Oct. 14-17 in San Diego.

Additionally, ABA is helping to educate next-generation leaders for our banks and our industry. That's the role of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. A historic year for Stonier, registration figures put it on track to have a total of 500 students in its three-year program--the highest number in 20 years. It's clear that bankers believe in the importance of investing in education and leadership for the future.

Bank CEOs across the country understand that they need to develop talent, and that their potential successors must have the professional skills and leadership capabilities needed to succeed in an ever-more competitive environment. They're nominating senior-level executives from every functional area of banking to study at Stonier. …

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