General Session Speakers

First Lady Teresa ParsonFirst Lady Teresa Parson

9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13

As the wife of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Teresa Parson brings to her role as First Lady the experience of being a mother, grandmother, businesswoman, volunteer and advocate. After working 40 years in the banking industry, Teresa retired to continue serving her community.

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Lisa MillsLaughter You Can Bank On
Lisa Mills
Lisa Mills Speaks

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13

Today’s banking professionals are all working toward leading and serving in a way that brings excellence to the forefront of their organizations. However, many of them face daily obstacles that have very little to do with banking in a traditional sense. Embracing constant changes, developing strong teams, integrating solutions while also genuinely connecting with those they lead and serve can be overwhelming. As an executive director turned professional comedian and speaker, Lisa Mills discovered a very simple truth: laughter equals connection and connection equals trust. Mills explores four extraordinary strategies for creating connection that leads to incredible customer service and exchanges work-life stress for work-life success.

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Tsvetelina Thompson

Sexual Exploitation of Minors: How the Financial Industry Can Help to End It
Tsvetelina Thompson, Founder

10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network actively fights human trafficking, which is not just about stopping criminals. It is about protecting people and families, and many of the most vulnerable in our society. Fundamentally, stopping human trafficking is about saving lives. Financial institutions are in a unique position to make observations when interacting with customers, and these observations can help them detect and report suspicious financial activity that may be related to human trafficking. Tsvetelina Thompson shares her real-life story as a sex-trafficking survivor and details resources to help end sexual exploitation of children and others.

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Lee Rubin Lee Rubin Speaks5 Components of Extraordinary Teams
Lee Rubin
Lee Rubin Speaks

12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13

Machines are evaluated based on the output of the entire unit, not the impressiveness of their individual parts. Extraordinary teams, like great machines, require certain components that hold their pieces together. Although most organizations focus exclusively on building the skills of their individual members, elite organizations invest in the “stuff” that transforms a collection of talented individuals into extraordinary, machine-like teams. This presentation shares insights, examples and humor to motivate individuals to take their respective teams to the next level.

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Denise Purdy

Breaking the Myth of Work-Life Balance: Strategies to Outsmart Your To-Do List and Kiss Overwhelm Goodbye
Denise Purdy, Transformational Life Coach
Purdy Your Image LLC

2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13

You know you need to take more time to spend with your family or even yourself. You have a career that requires your time, attention and devotion. But, you are feeling the pull in both directions — all the time. When you are with your family, you are thinking about work. When you are at work, you are thinking about your family … or how you’d really like some time for yourself. Does work/life balance even exist? Is it achievable? YES! … although not likely in the way you think. Discover and refresh your spirit as Denise Purdy reveals the truth about work-life balance and how to finally kiss overwhelm goodbye. 

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Holly Hoffman

Write Yourself a Note
Holly Hoffman
CBS Survivor Contestant

3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13

At the end of the day, unless we make a conscious effort to bring ourselves back to center and refocus, we begin to lose ourselves. However, it’s never too late to find your purpose. Holly Hoffman offers encouragement, optimism and a roadmap for self-discovery that inspires you to work toward a successful, fulfilling life for yourself. Discover a simple tool to refocus and reprioritize you. As you “write yourself a note,” you will begin to discover if you are where you want to be. You will encourage yourself to find purpose. No matter what stage of life you’re in, we all need purpose. Define your fine. Be confident. Be great. Be you. 

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Kat PerkinsFearless Success
Kat Perkins
NBC's The Voice

9:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14

Kat Perkins expands on the world of being an entrepreneur beyond the well-oiled machine of reality television. How do you stay successful in the professional world and within your personal goals? Kat takes you on her journey from “then” to “now” and how you can find fearless success in all aspects of your life.

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Amy Roloff

Looking UP! To Possibilities: You Are A. M. V. P.
Amy Roloff
TLC’s Little People, Big World

9:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14

Life is full of opportunities, and our attitude can either limit them or encourage them to rise. Amy Roloff shares some life stories and explains how being on a reality show changed everything for her. You can’t let your perceived limitations stop you from reaching your professional and personal goals. It all starts with Acceptance, knowing you do Matter and that you have Value and Purpose. Choose to look UP! rather than down or straight ahead. It’s a big world, and it’s full of possibilities!

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Amy Roloff, Kat Perkins, Holly HoffmanWe Got This ... Together!

We are all different women. We have different personalities, different occupations and different lifestyles. We are different sizes and are at different points in our lives. However, there is ONE THING we all have in common … we all have a lot on our plates! We are professional jugglers ... work, family, friends, house, health … our to-do lists are endless. Kat, Amy and Holly will help you empower today for the reality of tomorrow. We’ve got this … together!