Women in Banking Conference

2021 Virtual Women in Banking Conference 
April 20-21, 2021  

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.


Tuesday, April 20

9 am  Welcome, Tammy Phillips, Women in Banking Chair, Community Bank, Brandon; and Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch

9:15 – 10:30 am  “Smart Women, Smart Money”—Suzette Jones, Training Resources Consulting, Houston, TX

10:30—10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45—11:30 am “Washington Update”, Laurie Stewart—Past Chairman American Bankers Association

12 Noon—1 pm Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Hat Contest. Prizes awarded for Largest Hat, Smallest Hat, Oldest Hat, Etc.  Start looking  now for a great entry for the contest.  The more participants in the event, the more fun will be had.  Join in the FUN!

Charcuterie Board Demonstration—Colette Webber

Wednesday, April 21

8:30 Conference Begins

8:45—9:30 am “The Summer of 1969” - Juanita Floyd, CREATE Foundation, Tupelo

9:30 am Coffee Break

9:45 — 11 am “Emotional Intelligence—It’s That Something:”– Kellye Smith, Ross and Yerger, Jackson

11—12 noon “Sideline Survivor: Breaking Barriers with Holly Rowe”,  ESPN Report, New York, New York

12 Noon Conference Adjourns

Women in Banking Conference Registration Form



Bank Name:_________________________________________________________________


_____ $295 per MBA Member Bank

_____ $590 per MBA Non-Member Bank

_____ $1650 for a Virtual Table of 6 bankers

_____ I registered for the 2020 Women in Banking.  Please apply the fee to 2021 Conference
If you do not remember where you registered or not, please email Lori Richardson.

Due to COVID-19, the MBA asks that registrants pay by credit card. 

TO REGISTER:  Scan & Email to lrichardson@msbankers.com
QUESTIONS: Contact Lori Richardson (601) 709-3736 or email the address above.

Credit Card Information

Name on Bank Card____________________________________________________________

Credit Card Number____________________________________________________________

Expiration Date___________________________CVV_________________________________

Billing Zip Code_____________________________________


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.

Colette Weber -  As a child, Colette Weber always had a passion for cooking, and after twenty-four years of teaching, shou found it was her time to procure this love.  Coming from a family that enjoyed cheese and wine, it was only natural that Charcuterie was the path she chose.  With social distancing becoming the norm, teaching classes on how to create boards and making boards for families and friends became an incredible business.  Proost! was born out of a passion for food, libations and tradition.  Proost! translates in English to “Cheers”.  Proost! rekindles childhood memories of her Dutch mother clinking glasses before each family meal.

Special thanks to our 2020-21 Women in Banking Committee!

2020-21 Women in Banking Committee

Chairman: Tammy Phillips, Community Bank, Brandon

Rebecca Barrentine, Copiah Bank, Hazelhurst
Gay Broyles, BankPlus, Ridgeland
Monica Day, Trustmark National Bank, Jackson
Kristy Davis, First State Bank, Waynesboro
Myra Dunlap, Guaranty Bank & Trust, Belzoni
Grace Ellis, BankPlus, Ridgeland
Merideth Fancher, Holmes County Bank, Lexington
Tracy Goforth, First Security Bank, Batesville
Leah Hearn, Commercial Bank, Meridian
Eliza Henderson, First National Bankers Bank, Ridgeland
Julie Henry, First Choice Bank, Pontotoc
Alice Herbison, Genesis Bank, Benoit
Jenny Herrington, PriorityOne Bank, Magee
Jackie Hester, The Citizens Bank, Philadelphia
Janet Jones, BankPlus, Ridgeland
Jo Carol Kieffer, BancorpSouth, Tupelo
Dee Dee Lowery, The First, Hattiesburg
Kristi Maxwell, Merchants & Marine Bank, Pascagoula
Mandy Mitchell, BancorpSouth, Tupelo
Lorann Paige McInnis, Magnolia State Bank, Bay Springs
Susan Perry, Bank of Anguilla, Anguilla
Pam Peterman, The First, Hattiesburg
Valerie Rayborn, The First, Hattiesburg
Sheila Riddick, Planters Bank & Trust Co., Clarksdale
Jaki Robinson, Home Bank, Natchez
Robin Sanderson, Citizens Bank, Columbia
Pam Ware, First Commercial Bank, Jackson
Allyson Winter, HancockWhitney, Gulfport