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BAI Recognizes Industry Rising Stars

May 1, 2019 / Press Release

CHICAGO – May 1, 2019 – BAI announced that submissions are now being accepted for this year’s BAI Emerging Leaders Network, a highly-engaging professional development program that helps rising stars become stronger leaders and drive positive change in the financial services industry.

This network recognizes the next generation of financial services leaders, who are bold thinkers and passionate advocates helping to shape the direction of our industry in an era of new ideas, cutting-edge technology and rapidly-evolving customer expectations. This year-long program includes curated content to build personal and professional skills, as well as mentoring, networking and recognition opportunities that will aid in their development and career success. Benefits of the network include:

  • Acknowledgement as a top Emerging Leader in the financial services industry;
  • Special recognition through social media, industry publications, including BAI Banking Strategies, and other BAI platforms.
  • Complimentary registration for a two-day meeting and peer exchange as part of the BAI Industry Forum, Oct. 8-10, 2019 in Boston, MA.
  • Acceptance in a year-round Emerging Leaders professional development network designed to provide relevant education and information, networking and recognition opportunities.
  • A complimentary individual BAI Membership, providing access to on-line professional development courses and other specialized content and programming.

BAI is accepting applications now through July 26, 2019, at 5 p.m. CST. Those who submit applications by June 28, 2018, at 5 p.m. CST will be considered for early acceptance into the BAI Emerging Leaders Network.

The program recognizes up-and-coming financial services leaders with less than 10 years of experience in the industry. Applications are free to submit. Senior leaders can nominate rising stars within their organization, or individuals may apply themselves, with a letter of recommendation from a current or former manager.

“Much of the dialogue in the financial services industry today centers around the customer, as it should. But, to be in a position to consistently exceed customer expectations, the professional development of our leaders must be a priority,” said Debbie Bianucci, President and CEO of BAI.

“This is why the BAI Emerging Leaders Network is such an impactful way to build experiences for future leaders and recognize their progress along the way. Through ongoing dialog, peer networking, education, and professional development opportunities, BAI helps to focus the passion and excellence of these rising stars, to drive positive change and exceed customer expectations.”

“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,” said Ben Lemke, VP Risk Management,Tech CU and past BAI Emerging Leader participant.

Visit BAI Emerging Leaders Network to learn more and apply for the program.

About BAI

As a nonprofit, independent organization, BAI delivers the financial services industry’s most actionable insights, enabling leaders to make smart business decisions every day. We’re passionate about the trusted information and powerful tools that provide leaders with the clarity and confidence needed to drive positive change and move the financial services industry forward. For more information, visit bai.org.