OBL Professional Development

Get Ahead. Stay Ahead. Invest in Education.

As times continue to change so changes OBL offerings. 2022 OBL Professional Development programs provide a multitude of virtual professional development and educational opportunities for everyone from tellers to senior executives, delivered in the right format, with the right content, at the right time. Search programs by topic area to assist with staff training & development planning and goal-setting - or check the Web calendar for currently scheduled seminars, schools, conferences, forums and e-Learning, as well as OnCourse Learning live and on-demand webinars and special meetings and events.

Leadership Path

A high potential employee is an employee who demonstrates the aptitude, skills and natural leadership ability to effectively represent the bank in a mid to senior level executive position. High potential employees can be identified as such at any point in their career. Through recognition, support and development, they can perform at and above leadership expectations. To best leverage high potential employees, they must first be recognized as having high potential. Once recognized, they need to be fully developed to maximize their potential. Read more to find out the professional development programming the Ohio Bankers League recommends to advance that employee’s development, including Principles of Banking, OBL Bank Management School, OBL Bank Leadership Institute and the Graduate School of Banking.

OBL Forums - Bringing Bankers Together

These six year-long programs are available for CFO; HR: IT; Lending; Marketing; and Retail officers to keep bankers on the cutting edge of the industry. The in-person programs offer targeted professional development, best practice sharing and topical information from a wide variety of industry experts to keep members on the cutting edge of the industry. Browse the 2022 OBL Forums brochure and reach out to education@ohiobankersleague.com with questions or for registration assistance.

Scholarship Opportunities

Every year, the OBL partners with the Graduate School of Banking in Madison to award scholarships to bankers who are interested in furthering their professional development via this three-year banking school. Check the link for more details about the 2022 program and check out this application regarding a 2022 scholarship opportunity. The scholarship deadline is Friday, April 29. Reach out to OBL Professional Development Director spoling@ohiobankersleague.com at 614-340-7611 with questions. 

OBL Professional Development Contacts

Please contact one of our professional development staff members today.

Michelle Crume, SVP, OBL & Executive Director, OBL BankServices, 614-340-7622
Carol Allerding, Education Manager. (614) 340-7618
Julie Kiplinger, Education Manager, 614-340-7612
Susan Poling Jones, Professional Development Director, 614-340-7611
Sarah Husk, Education Specialist, (614) 340-7610

The Ohio Bankers League and OBL BankServices are deeply committed to our Affiliate Members and Business Partners. We strive to create tangible value to those businesses who invest in Ohio’s premier trade association for banks and who support our members. To emphasize our dedication to those relationships, we are pleased to note that only OBL Affiliates and OBL Endorsed Business Partners are permitted to participate in OBL sponsored events and all education programs.