Diversity & Inclusion Forum


2019 Diversity & Inclusion Forum (Formerly Women in Banking)
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa • Anaheim, CA
April 29-30, 2019

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Forum (Formerly Women in Banking)

Creating a Culture of Equity & Opportunity

The Diversity & Inclusion Forum is a unique conference focused on promoting workplace diversity, developing inclusive leadership, encouraging mentorship, and advancing conscious engagement. The event is ideal for professionals from all key areas of banking who are responsible for talent acquisition and retention, team development, and who play a direct role in positively impacting the expression and clarity of company’s culture. The Diversity & Inclusion Forum supports innovative diversity strategies and offers solutions for organizational change while addressing the best practices to succeed in today’s marketplace.

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Hotel & Travel

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
1600 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 635-2300
(714) 300-7300
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

Please note that Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is
completely sold out for the evening of Monday, April 29.

Two other nearby hotel options:

Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 750-8000

Sheraton Park Hotel at Anaheim Resort
1855 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 750-1811


To reserve your guest room at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, please click here or contact the resort directly at (714) 635-2300 or (714) 300-7300. The WBA negotiated room rate is $274 single or double occupancy, plus other taxes and fees. An earlier departure or later stay may be subject to an increased room rate. Please note that Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is completely sold out for the evening of Monday, April 29.
Please book your room before the hotel room rate expires on Friday, April 5.

Parking: The Grand Californian charges guests $20 a day for self-parking (up to two vehicles) or $30 for valet.



Monday, April 29

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Welcome Reception
  Tuesday, April 30
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM Registration & Marketplace Open
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Opening General Session

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (Invited)
U.S. House of Representatives, 43rd Congressional District
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Refreshment Break
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM General Session

Boost Profits: How Diversity & Inclusion Boost Your Bottom Line (Moderated Panel)

Cyndie Chang
Managing Partner
Duane Moris LLP
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch & Pay It Forward Initiative

The Pajama Program

Jinky Steinberg
Chapter President
The Pajama Program
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM General Session

The Making of a Diversity Champion: Beyond the CEO

Michael Wilson
President & CEO
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

Nancy Betz
Chief Human Resources, Administrative & OMWI Officer
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
1:30 PM – 1:50 PM Dessert & Refreshment Break
1:50 PM – 2:50 PM Peer Exchange Sessions
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Closing General Session

Strategies for Communication & Ascension

Sarita Maybin
Motivational Speaker, Communication Expert, Author

The Making of a Diversity Champion: Beyond the CEO

Building an inclusive culture and a diverse work environment has huge potential benefits for your bank. Strategy and advocates are two critical keys. While it’s true CEO and senior level commitment is vital, senior leaders can’t drive these results alone.


Strategies for Communication & Ascension

In this interactive presentation, you will learn how to communicate in a way that gets your ideas heard and encourages the cooperation of others. Sarita will also share her top ten positive communication phrases and her two “green jello” principles of conflict resolution.

Pay It Forward Initiative

Pay It Forward Initiative
Pajama Program

The Pajama Program believes every child, no matter their circumstances, has the inherent right to a loving good night, complete with the comforting bedtime ritual of changing into pajamas and enjoying a story. After all, good nights are good days! WBA will be accepting donations of new pajamas and books for infants, children, and teens during the conference. A representative from the Pajama Program’s Southern California chapter will join us during the conference lunch to accept your generous donations.

We will be collecting pajamas and books for the children at the conference. The pajamas and/or books should be new and appropriate for newborns to youth/juniors (ages 0-16).

For more information please visit the Pajama Program website here or contact Montana Townsend at (916) 438-4427 or mtownsend@westernbankers.com.




Pricing For

Through 4/5/2019 After 4/5/2019 
WBA Bank Member $395 $495
Bank Non-member $695 $695
WBA Associate Member $695 $695
WBA Season Pass Holder $395 $395
Table Registration   
Table of 10  $2,950
Cancellation Policy

Registration fees less a $75 processing fee per registrant will be refunded if cancellation is received by April 15, 2019. No refund if cancellations are received after April 15, 2019.

Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship Information

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact:

Rosemary Mignano
Senior Manager of Sponsor, Exhibitor & Associate Member Development
(916) 438-4435 or rmignano@westernbankers.com

A few reasons your organization should sponsor and/or exhibit:

  • Maximize your company’s brand awareness and increase your market position
  • Gain direct access to WBA member banks and institutions in an exclusive environment
  • Raise your profile above your competitors
  • Learn about the issues confronting today’s financial service leaders and gain valuable insight into potential solutions
  • Match your exposure needs, regardless of your budget
  • Shape or reinforce a positive perception of your company with bank executives
  • Support the Western Bankers Association, the largest non-profit banking organization serving the West Coast financial services industry