Women in Banking Conference

8th Annual Women in Banking Conference 
POSTPONED--Will Reschedule

Jackson Convention Complex 

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Who should attend? 
This conference will present banking and leadership topics from the perspective of the female banking professional.  It is designed to provide attendees with tools for career enrichment along with the opportunity to network with peers in the Mississippi Banking community.

Registration Fee
Members:  $295 per registrant
Non-Member:  $590 per registrant
Bank Table Sponsorship:  $1650 for table of 6 registrants– please send a list of everyone to include (Refunds will not be given if a table isn’t full.)
Registration fees include continental breakfast, lunch, breaks training materials and a certificate of attendance.

Agenda (for April 14--rescheduled agenda subject to change)

8 – 8:30 am
     Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am       Welcome, Tammy Phillips, Community Bank, Brandon
8:45 – 9:30 am   Laurie Stewart, American Bankers Association, Chairman Elect
9:30 – 10:15 am The Summer of 1969, Juanita Floyd, Create Foundation, Tupelo MS
10:15 – 10:30 am Coffee and Conversation
10:30 – 11:45 am  Emotional Intelligence – Kelly Smith, Ross and Yerger, Jackson
11:45 – 1 pm Luncheon featuring WIB awards and U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith
1 – 2 pm Smart Women, Smart Money – Suzette Jones, Resource4Training, Houston TX
2 – 2:15 pm   Coffee and Conversation
2:15 - – 3:30 pm  Holly Rowe, ESPN Sports Telecaster and Cancer Survivor
3:30 pm  Door Prizes, Photos and Adjourn             


Juanita Floyd, CREATE Foundation, Tupelo, Mississippi
Juanita Gambrell Floyd is currently employed by CREATE Foundation as Vice-President of Finance and Administration.  On her 20th Anniversary with CREATE, the Foundation established the Bernice Gambrell Endowment Fund in the amount of $10,000 in honor of her mother and her 20 years of employment.  In August 2019, she was selected as one of Mississippi’s Most Influential African Americans.  Juanita is a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College and The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  She is an active member of Jesus New Testament Holiness Church located in the Red Hill Community of Union County.  She has been writing monthly for over 11 years as a Community Columnist for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.  She has co-authored a children’s book called the “Summer of 1969”.

Suzette (Suzie) Jones, Training Resources Consultants—Houston, Texas
With 40 years of experience in the financial industry, Suzie recently retired as an Executive Vice President with a large regional financial organization where she helped found and grow the Investments Division from a team of two to a team of 70 with assets in excess of $11B. For decades Suzie worked passionately with women at every age and financial stage helping them gain financial peace. She is known for her energetic and engaging training style and keen ability to talk about investing in terms women care about. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXV, a Senior Fellow of American Leadership Forum Class XXXII and holds the Certified Financial Planner TM (CFP®) professional designation.

Kellye Smith, Ross and Yerger, Jackson, Mississippi
Kellye Smith is a PHR and Resource Consultant with Ross & Yerger, an insurance company headquartered in Jackson, MS. For nearly 9 years, Kellye has worked with corporate benefit and property & casualty insurance clients to strengthen the skillsets and proactive risk management profiles of Human Resources and Safety departments.  Aside from speaking to client and community groups regularly, Kellye is a 1st Degree Black Belt, which aids her in her proudest achievement as a mom to 3 boys, ages 14, 12, and 8.

Laurie Stewart, Chair, American Bankers Association, Seattle, Washington
Laurie Stewart is president and CEO of Seattle-based Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc., and celebrates 30 years with Sound Community Bank this year. Active in the industry, Laurie was one of 14 bankers selected to serve on the inaugural FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking. Subsequently she was appointed to the inaugural CFPB Community Bankers Advisory Council and in 2017 was one of nine community bankers invited to the White House for a listening session with the president. She is active in trade associations, serving two terms as chair of the Washington Bankers Association and one term as chair of the ABA Government Relations Council. She also serves as vice chair of the National Arthritis Foundation board of directors and is a director of the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Laurie was recognized as one of American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2019 and was on its women-to-watch list four times previously. In 2016, she also earned the prestigious Woman of Influence award from the Puget Sound Business Journal. She is a frequent speaker and teacher who loves to sew baby quilts for every new parent and grandparent at the bank.  Her community engagement includes serving as immediate past chair of the Woodland Park Zoo, volunteering as a court appointed special advocate, and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for cancer research.

Holly Rowe, ESPN, New York, New York
Holly Rowe celebrates over 20 years as one of ESPN’s most versatile commentators. Covering a wide variety sports for ESPN, Rowe joined the network full time in August 1998 after appearing on select ESPN telecasts in 1997 and ABC Sports in 1995-96. Rowe is one of the lead reporters on ESPN Saturday Night Prime college football, Big Monday men’s college basketball, Women’s Final Four, Women’s College World Series, NCAA indoor and beach volleyball national championships and the WNBA.  Rowe has also provided play-by-play commentary for women’s college basketball, softball, volleyball and gymnastics. In addition, Rowe has covered soccer, swimming, track & field and the Little League World Series of baseball and softball for ESPN. Rowe has also provided play-by-play for women’s college basketball and women’s college volleyball for Fox Sports from 1993-2003. She was one of four play-by-play announcers on ESPN’s coverage of the 1998 Women’s World Cup, and has hosted ESPN’s coverage of the Running of the Bulls.  She graduated from the University of Utah with a broadcast journalism degree. While at Utah, Rowe was a sportswriter for the Daily Utah Chronicle and the Davis County Clipper, and anchored the campus TV station news. Emmy-nominated Rowe is a producer and writer of documentaries and features that have aired on KBYU TV, ESPN and FOX 13 TV in Salt Lake City. Currently in treatment for Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma, Rowe has become tireless advocate for cancer research and prevention.

Cindy Hyde-Smith, U.S. Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith is the first woman elected to represent Mississippi in the United States Congress.  Initially appointed by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant in April 2018 to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by long-time Senator Thad Cochran, Hyde-Smith won a special election for the U.S. Senate in November 2018.  In the 116th Congress, Hyde-Smith serves on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and Committee on Rules and Administration. Prior to becoming a U.S. Senator for Mississippi, Hyde-Smith was elected Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce in 2011 and easily won reelection in 2015. Before leading the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, Hyde-Smith served 12 years in the Mississippi State Senate, including eight years as chairman of the Agriculture Committee.  As a legislator, Hyde-Smith championed policies to promote and protect all facets of the agriculture industry.  She fought to protect private property rights, supported tort reform, and earned respect for her advocacy of conservative budget and pro-business initiatives. As Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce.  She successfully streamlined government regulations to ease the financial burden on Mississippi farmers and small businesses.  Highlights of her tenure were her efforts to reopen Chinese markets for American beef exports, advocate for country-of-origin food labeling, and ensure that imported catfish meet USDA food safety standards.  Under her leadership, the agency was recognized as a “model agency” for effectiveness and budget control.  Hyde-Smith held agency spending below one percent growth her entire tenure. Hyde-Smith is a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi, and she maintains close affiliations with the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, Lincoln County Forestry Association, Lincoln County Livestock Association, and the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association. Hyde-Smith and her husband Mike have a daughter, Anna-Michael.  They reside in Brookhaven and are active members of Macedonia Baptist Church.  A fifth-generation farming family, the Senator’s family raises beef cattle and are partners in a local stockyard auction market in Brookhaven.

Special thanks to our 2019-20 Women in Banking Committee!

Chairman - Tammy Phillips, Community Bank, Brandon
Rebecca Barrentine, Copiah Bank, Hazlehurst
Gaye Broyles, BankPlus, Ridgeland
Mary Childs, Peoples Bank, Ripley
Monica Day, Trustmark National Bank, Jackson
Kristy Davis, First State Bank, Waynesboro
Myra Dunlap, Guaranty Bank & Trust, Belzoni
Lisa Givens, State Bank & Trust, Ridgeland
Tracy Goforth, First Security Bank, Batesville
Jackie Hester, Citizens Bank, Philadelphia
Eliza Henderson, First National Bankers Bank, Ridgeland
Julie Henry, First Choice Bank, Pontotoc
Alice Herbison, Bank of Benoit, Benoit
Jenny Herrington, PriorityOne Bank, Magee
Jo Carol Kieffer, BancorpSouth, Tupelo
Leah Hearn, Commercial Bank, Dekalb
Dee Dee Lowery, The First, Hattiesburg
Lorann Paige McInnis, Magnolia State Bank, Bay Springs
Susan Perry, Bank of Anguilla, Anguilla
Robin Sanderson, Citizens Bank, Columbia
Jennifer Wallace, Pike National Bank, McComb
Pam Ware, Renasant Bank, Ridgeland
Allyson Winter, Hancock Bank, Gulfport