Women in Banking Conference

2023 Women in Banking Conference

presenting sponsor ICBA



April 10 & 11 *Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center*

*2200 Refuge Blvd. *Flowood* 

Tenth Annual Women in Banking Conference

This exciting yearly event is intended to inspire, motivate and empower women from all areas of the bank.   

Who Should Attend

This conference will present banking and leadership topics from the perspective of the female banking professional.  It is designed to provide attendees with tools for career enrichment, along with the opportunity to network with peers in the Mississippi banking community. 


We recommend casual dress.  To ensure your comfort, please bring a jacket or sweater.

Registration fee

Registration fee includes breakfast, breaks, lunch, training materials and certificate.

Members:  $295 per person
Non-members:  $590 per person
Bank Table of 6:  $1650 per table

Hotel Information
Hotel reservations may be made by calling the Sheraton Hotel at 601-936-4550. Please reference the Mississippi Bankers Association when making your reservation to get the special rate of $179 until March 20. The attendee is responsible for room payment including taxes and expenses.

More Information
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11. If you need additional information, please contact Lori at the MBA Office by calling 601-948-6366 or by emailing lrichardson@msbankers.com.

Cancellation Policy
Full registration fee will be refunded if cancellation is received on or before April 4, 2023.  After that date, a $50 processing fee will be retained.  No refunds will be granted for cancellations made the day of the conference.  Substitutions are welcome at no extra charge.

BIGGER & BETTER Mini Shopping Market! All attendees are invited to visit booths with merchandise such as jewelry, soap and other body products, local honey, treats, accessories and more on the day of the conference.  More exciting info to come!

Monday Evening Meet and Greet!

Monday, April 10; 5 – 6 pm at Missy Sippy – Rooftop Bar at Sheraton Hotel
The Women in Banking Conference Meet & Greet begins on Monday, April 10 at Missy Sippy, the Sheraton’s roof top bar. Beer & Wine will be served.  Join us for a great time for meeting old friends and making new ones!  The reception is included in the registration fee.

Several options for dine-arounds have been made in different cuisines as well as price ranges.  Please register your 1st and 2nd choice for dinner on the registration form below and we will try to accommodate as best we can.  This event will be dutch treat.  Restaurants that we have reached out to include:

*Half Shell                                                       *Local 463

*Table 100                                                      *Koestler Prime

*Outback                                                         *Enzo


2023 Women in Banking Committee

Chairman:  Gaye Broyles, BankPlus, Ridgeland

  • Rebecca Barrentine, Copiah Bank, Hazelhurst
  • Monica Day, Trustmark, Jackson
  • Myra Dunlap, Guaranty Bank & Trust Co., Belzoni
  • Merideth Fancher, Holmes Co. Bank, Lexington
  • Tracy Goforth, First Security Bank, Batesville
  • Nichole Hall, Pike National Bank, McComb
  • Christian Hartley, Cadence Bank, Gulfport
  • Leah Hearn, Commercial Bank, Meridian
  • Julie Henry, First Choice Bank, Pontotoc
  • Alice Herbison, Genesis Bank, Benoit
  • Jenny Herrington, PriorityOne Bank, Magee
  • Jackie Hester, The Citizens Bank, Philadelphia
  • Janet Jones, BankPlus, Ridgeland
  • Jo Carol Kieffer, Cadence Bank, Tupelo
  • Dee Dee Lowery, The First Bank, Hattiesburg
  • Kristi Maxwell, Merchants & Marine Bank, Pascagoula
  • Mandy Mitchell, Candence Bank, Tupelo
  • Heather Owen, First State Bank, Waynesboro
  • Lorann McInnis, Magnolia State Bank, Bay Springs
  • Susan Perry, Bank of Anguilla, Rolling Fork
  • Pam Peterman, The First Bank, Hattiesburg
  • Valerie Rayborn, The First Bank, Hattiesburg
  • Sheila Riddick, Planters Bank & Trust Co., Clarksdale
  • Jaki Robinson, Home Bank, Natchez
  • Robin Sanderson, Citizens Bank, Columbia
  • Pam Ware, First Commercial Bank, Jackson
  • Allyson Winter, Hancock Whitney, Gulfport


Women in Banking Conference Agenda
April 10 & 11, 2023

Monday, April 10

5 – 6 pm                    Reception
6 pm – until              Dine-Arounds at local restaurants


Tuesday, April 11

8 – 8:30 am  Registration & Mini-Market Open

8:30 – 8:45 am        Welcome
                                    Gaye Broyles, BankPlus
                                    Chairman, MBA Women in Banking Committee

8:45 – 9 am              Table Ice Breaker   


9 – 9:20 am              Attorney General Lynn Fitch

9:20 – 10 am            Nikita Pearson, FDIC

10 – 10:15 am         Coffee and Conversation & Mini-Market Open

10:15 – 12 noon     Terry Choate & Joe Hileman, Blue U Defense

12 noon – 1 pm      Buffet Lunch – Miss Mississippi & Anne Balcer, ICBA


1 – 1:30 pm              Mini-Market Open

1:30 – 2:30 pm        Less Stress!  Greater Success!

Sherene McHenry – topic to be determined

2:30 – 2:45 pm        Coffee and Conversation & Mini-Market Open

2:45 – 3:45 pm        Fines Double in Road Construction

Deadra Stanton

3:45 p.m.                  Door Prizes, Evaluation & Adjourn



Anne Balcer is senior executive vice president, chief of government relations and public policy for the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA). In this role she works with other members of ICBA’s executive management team to shape the association’s policy strategy and advance the interests of the nation’s community banks. Balcer leads ICBA’s congressional and government relations teams and oversees ICBA’s advocacy initiatives in the legislative, regulatory, lending, accounting and payment system areas.

Terry Choate is a Co-Founder and Training Specialist for Blue-U Defense.  He has served as Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response (SWAT) Team and for 15 years as a Lieutenant with the Jaffrey (NH) Police Department.  Prior to law enforcement, Mr. Choate spent over 20 years in management positions with Fortune 500 companies. 

Joe Hileman is a Co-Founder and Training Specialist for Blue-U Defense.  He served as the Assistant Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response (SWAT) Team and for 18 years as a Detective with the Jaffrey (NH) Police Department.  Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, he served as Security Supervisor at the corporate management level of a Fortune 500 company.  Mr. Hileman holds two A.A. degrees in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Corrections, Probation, and Parole. 


Dr. Sherene McHenry, The People IQ Expert®, is a former graduate professor turned full time speaker and author. Armed with a Bachelors in Business Management from Wingate University, a Masters of Education from The University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Wyoming, Sherene empowers and equips audiences to increase engagement, productivity and purpose.

Nikita Pearson is the FDIC’s Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI).  She is responsible for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among the FDIC’s 6,000 employees; assessing the diversity policies and practices of approximately 3,200 banks supervised by the FDIC; and increasing participation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the FDIC’s multi-billion dollar operations. Prior to leading OMWI, 22 years of Nikita’s career focused on bank supervision.  Ms. Pearson began her career at the FDIC in 1998 as a bank examiner in what is now known as the Division of Risk Management Supervision.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia, where she graduated magna cum laude.  She is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Deadra Stanton is known as one of the top humorists and motivational speakers in the Midwest. An award-winning speaker who spent 43 years in the classroom while raising two kids and chasing an entrepreneur husband around, she brings a unique brand of energy, comedic story-telling, and heart-tugging stories to every audience she engages.


Mississippi Bankers Association

Women in Banking Conference

April 10 - 11, 2023

Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center

2200 Refuge Blvd., Flowood, MS


Registration Form

Bank Name___________________________________________________________________

Bank Address__________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip_________________________________________________________________


Registrant Name (1)____________________________________________________________

Email___________________________________ Cell Phone____________________________

Dine-around preference: (1)____________________________ (2)________________________


Registrant Name (2)_____________________________________________________________

Email___________________________________ Cell Phone____________________________

Dine-around preference: (1)____________________________ (2)________________________


Registrant Name (3)_____________________________________________________________

Email___________________________________ Cell Phone____________________________

Dine-around preference: (1)____________________________ (2)________________________


Member:                  $295 per registrant
Non-member:        $590 per registrant
Bank Table of 6:     $1650 per table

Each individual will receive a confirmation of registration via email.  Please contact Lori Richardson at 601-948-6366 or 601-421-3301 if you do not receive a confirmation.

Please scan and email to lrichardson@msbankers.com.



_____ Please invoice, to be paid by April 4        

_____ Please charge my credit card below

(Please note a 4% credit card fee will be applied)

____Please send an ACH form


TO REGISTER: Scan & Email to lrichardson@msbankers.com

QUESTIONS: Contact Lori Richardson (601) 709-3736 or email the address above.


Credit Card Information

Name on Bank Card______________________________________________________


Credit Card Number______________________________________________________


Expiration Date___________________________CVV___________________________


Billing Zip Code_____________________________________