The two-day summit included presentations on the metaverse, instant payments and more.

At this year’s ICBA LEAD FWD Summit, up-and-coming community bankers gathered from around the country to strengthen their leadership, technical banking and advocacy skills. The leadership conference hosted 26 speakers that helped attendees prepare for the future of banking.

Brad Bolton

Bolton welcomed LEAD FWD attendees in Fort Worth, Texas.

Brad Bolton

ICBA chairman Brad Bolton showed examples of ICBA bankers on social media.

LEAD FWD is the only national leadership conference specifically for community bankers.

Community bankers had the chance to reconvene at a cocktail reception and evening networking event.

Keynote speakers included Stacey Hanke, Brad Federman and Mark Ostach.

LEAD FWD attendees had the opportunity to learn about cryptocurrency, employee engagement and more.

ICBA’s Lindsay LaNore moderated a panel where Emily Mays, Damon Moorer, Kathy Underwood and Aaron Panton discussed their career journeys in community banking.

Attendees took part in education sessions to advance their knowledge.