Professional Development

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OBL Professional Development programs provide a multitude of 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 eight year-long programs are available for IT; HR, Education; Financial; Risk; Retail; Marketing and Lending. The programs offer targeted professional development, best practice sharing and topical information from a wide variety of industry experts.

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. For the first time in the school's 76-year history, the 2020 school has been cancelled. Check the link for more details about the 2021 program and watch for 2021 scholarship opportunities. Reach out to OBL Education Manager spoling@ohiobankersleague.com at 614-340-7611 with questions. 

Professional Development Contacts

Please contact one of our professional development staff members today.

Stephanie Watson, VP of Professional Development, 614-340-7601

Julie Kiplinger, Education Manager, 614-340-7612

Susan Poling Jones, Education Manager, 614-340-7611

Debbie Pecinovsky, Education Assistant, 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.