Emerging Leaders

The KBA Emerging Leaders Program is an intensive one‐year program which introduces up‐and‐coming leaders the KBA and assists in acquiring skills necessary to make that next step in their career. Due to the curriculum involved, we ask that the nominees for the program be less than 40 years of age OR with less than 15 years of banking experience. Exceptions can be made on a case‐by‐case basis, if appropriate.

The KBA Emerging Leaders Program will be limited to 9 Emerging Leaders. Nominations will be accepted and required information must be completed by both the KBA member bank CEOs and the Emerging Leader candidate, as indicated. If a submitted nomination is not complete by the submission deadline, it cannot be included for consideration. Each Emerging Leader will be chosen by a committee of industry leaders not in that candidate’s KBA Group. Because of the limited class size, if your nominee is not chosen, we encourage you to nominate that Emerging Leader again.

Selected Emerging Leaders are expected to participate in scheduled KBA Emerging Leader events throughout the year. The KBA will waive registration fees, but the nominating bank is expected to cover the cost of transportation and lodging, if applicable. (Scholarships may be available for expenses, depending upon circumstances). The exact dates of scheduled activities will be set as early as possible and communicated to both the nominating CEO and the Emerging Leader, but are expected to follow the schedule below:

  • February 1, 2024 – Deadline for Nominations
  • Date TBD—Orientation for the Emerging Leaders Program at KBA Office
  • March 17-19, 2024 - ABA Emerging Leaders Forum, Washington DC
  • April 20‐23, 2024—Spring Conference, French Lick, IN
  • May 6-8/21-23, 2024—Group Meeting (Attend one—your bank’s Group Meeting)
  • June 27 or 28, 2024—Regulators Forum (Choose Bowling Green or Lexington)
  • September 22‐25, 2024—133rd KBA Annual Convention, The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, VA
  • October, 2024 TBD—KBA Leadership Event
  • November 10-13, 2024 – KBA Washington Trip
  • December, 2024 TBD—KBA Board Meeting/Graduation

Exact dates will be set as soon as possible.

Please complete the nomination form before the deadline of February 1, 2024.