“I was new to banking. Being part of the BAI Emerging Leaders program and attending Beacon made me feel like I was part of the financial services industry for the first time.”
- Jody Hulsey, Independence Bank
“Banking is an industry going through major change. To be recognized by BAI as an emerging leader was an honor and helped reinforce my drive and interest to make a difference in the future of this industry.”
- Julieta Falcón Uribe, BBVA Compass
“To me this designation meant that I am in a position to create change in our industry, that I am recognized as a thought leader in my organization, and that I value connecting and collaborating with others in the financial services industry.”
- Amber Vogel, Alerus
“Recognition, to me, was one of the biggest highlights of my career thus far. It was a reassurance that my hard work and determination is progressing in the right direction.”
- Hubert Lubowicz, PKO Bank Polski
“Being recognized by BAI as an Emerging Leader meant the opportunity to learn outside of the office environment. It meant making connections to both established and other emerging leaders. For those within my organization, it meant a different type of exposure through external validation of the value that I can provide.”
- Ben Lemke, Tech CU
“Becoming a BAI Emerging Leader gave me the opportunity to network with other leaders globally in the business industry who also think big picture while having an individualized action.”
- Christina Lee, Citi
“Becoming a BAI Emerging Leader and attending BAI Beacon helped ignite my passion for innovation and technology. That passion has spilled into our marketing team’s support of various projects across the credit union, whether it be revamping of our credit card rewards platform or updating the look of our mobile banking app.”
- Chelsea Gstohl, Pelican State Credit Union
“Being selected as an Emerging Leader has been important in my professional development in many ways. BAI Beacon provided me with the opportunity to connect with individuals who were in similar roles or levels as myself within their organizations, get to know and network with senior leaders in the industry and strengthen my relationships with business partners by bringing back a wealth of relevant content and information that I learned.”
- Kathleen Schmitt, M&T Bank
Acceptance to the program was announced on July 9, 2018, for Early Acceptance recipients, and August 10, 2018, for Final Deadline Acceptance recipients. Acceptance was based on the following criteria:
- Career accomplishments, contribution to current and previous organizations, contribution to the industry.
- Activities, interests and affiliations (not limited to financial services).
- Ability to demonstrate how being accepted into the program will impact nominee’s career goals.
- Nominations submitted by a manager or senior leader are encouraged.
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