OBL Professional Development

Get Ahead. Stay Ahead. Invest in Education.

As times continue to change so changes OBL offerings. The OBL provides a multitude of virtual and in-person 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 type or topic area to assist with staff training & development planning and goal-setting - or check the Web calendar for currently scheduled seminars, schools, conferences, forums, events and e-Learning. Download the 2024 OBL Professional Development brochure here.

OBL Forums - Bringing Bankers Together

These eight year-long programs are available for the CFO; as well as HR; Education & Training; IT; Commercial and Mortgage Lending; Marketing; and  Senior Retail officers to keep bankers on the cutting edge of the industry. The programs offer targeted professional development, best practice sharing and topical information from a wide variety of industry experts. Download the 2024 OBL Forums brochure here. Reach out to education@ohiobankersleague.com with questions or for registration assistance.

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. Contact the OBL team to learn more about the premier OBL Bank Management School and the OBL Bank Leadership Institute, as well as other developmental programs outlined in the 2024 professional development brochure, linked above. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Bankers who are interested in elevating their career to the next level may also consider attending the Graduate School of Banking in Madison or the GSB Human Resource Management School, and can explore scholarship opportunities available via GSB. Click here for GSB scholarship information. The GSB scholarship is valued at $1,500 for each of the three year program, and the application is due by March 1, 2024. The GSB HR scholarship covers $700 of the registration fee, and application is due by February 1, 2024.


Bankers may also explore the Pacific Coast Banking School. The PCBS "Rise Above the Rest" Scholarship is valued at $2,250 for each of the three year program. Complete this PCBS scholarship application by March 1, 2024.


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
Sarah Husk, Education Manager. (614) 340-7610
Julie Kiplinger, Education Manager, 614-340-7612
Susan Poling Jones, Professional Development Director, 614-340-7611
Megan Peiffer, Education Specialist, (614) 340-7618

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.