Illinois Bankers Association

Future Leaders Alliance | Illinois Bankers Association

Transform talented employees, new or seasoned, by cultivating the next generation of bank leaders through the dynamic Future Leaders Alliance Program (FLA). This unique program builds employee confidence, creates a positive environment, and strengthens the organization’s performance. The FLA leadership framework contains an emphasis on personal and professional development, community service, and networking. 

To date, over 250 individuals have graduated from this program with accolades galore. The most recent class reached the end of a challenging and diverse curriculum which garnered tremendous feedback, with an average session rating of 4.7 on a 5.0 scale. This response speaks volumes as to the quality and breadth of the FLA’s educational component.

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Program Topics

Leadership & Influence
A Day in the Life of a CEO
Executive Presence & Personal Branding
Lead for Success: Sales & Service
Advocacy & Grassroots
Board & Committee Engagement
Collaboration Skills & Team Building
Bank Simulation
Becoming a Chief Experience Officer
Art & Science of Peopling
Asset Liability Management
Investments, Bonds & Portfolios
Management & Executive Coaching
Power of Peers
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
GSEs & Political Risk Management
Economic Outlook
Presentation Skills: Virtually & In-Person
Compliance & CRA
FLA Alumni Panel

Graduation Requirements

Financial Literacy Project
Must complete two hours of financial literacy instruction for a local school, retirement home, community or non-profit group during the program year.

Continuing Education
One Conference/Seminar -or- two webinars (50% off)

Advancement Strategy Project
Participants will create a program for their bank which could vary from cost saving initiatives, streamlined processes, new avenues for revenue, a new marketing campaign, an advocacy plan, etc. The participant will present and review feedback from their class with expectations to present it to their executives.


FLA Scholarships

Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Two partial scholarships ($1,000 each) 

The $1,000 will be applied to the $1,495 registration fee with the participant or respective institution responsible for the $495 balance. Preference will be given to those demonstrating financial need.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Recommendation of Supervisor or Senior Manager
  • Employed by an IBA member institution
  • Minimum of 2 years banking experience
  • Demonstrate excellence in banking through outstanding performance

ABA's Government Relations Summit
Two $750 scholarships sponsored by the American Bankers Association are available for the 2022 ABA Summit.

IBA's Washington Leadership Visit
Two $1,000 scholarships sponsored by FHLB of Chicago and the Illinois Bankers are available to attend the Illinois Bankers Washington Leadership Visit held every fall.

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Staying Active Post FLA

Being involved with the FLA program doesn’t stop at graduation. Staying active with future FLA classes and the IBA is our vision for all graduates. Several of our alumni have established long-lasting friendships with other students and those relationships are beneficial not only professionally, but personally as well.
There are several ways to help keep that momentum going long after completion of the program:

  • Become a part of our mentor program. Throughout the year, there are several opportunities for you to serve as that friendly and helpful face to our Future Leaders. 
  • Be a part of panel discussions held throughout the class year. A great way to communicate your ideas, concerns and tips with our next group of Future Leaders.
  • Receipt of the FLA bi-monthly e-newsletter that includes alumni spotlight articles, pictures from past and present FLA sessions, reminders of upcoming FLA and IBA events, mentoring opportunities, polls/surveys, and news articles pertinent to our industry. 
  • Inclusion in our FLA Facebook group which showcases photos/videos, upcoming FLA and IBA events, mentoring opportunities, questions from current students to alumni, and alumni updates - a great online networking opportunity. 
  • Invitation to summits and reunions where alumni can gather together again with their classmates along with other alumni as they experience a day of learning and continuing education then join together for some fun, networking, laughs and the creation of new FLA memories later that night. Reunions to be held every 5-years.
  • Inclusion in our FLA Peer Group Email where alumni and current students have a platform to ask their peers questions regarding challenges they are facing or to brainstorm ideas.
  • As an FLA alumni, you'll receive a 10% discount off all IBA major conferences and networking events.