The Assemblies for Bank Directors is the most trusted source for bank director training, bank board education and information. The faculty is drawn from the nation's top bank regulators, consultants, economists, loan and commercial lending authorities, insurers, bankers, and banking law experts. We keep bank boards of directors abreast of their duties and responsibilities in the rapidly changing financial services industry while also providing a convenient, cost effective method for bank board certification. On our community bank director training agendas are the latest industry developments, strategic plans, risk management, compensation, legal issues and economic updates. The Assemblies for Bank Directors complement senior managements' efforts to manage their financial institutions strategic objectives.

New to the Assemblies for Bank Directors is The Certified Community Bank Director's Program (CCBD), which will provide participants a certified director designation. This program is cosponsored by the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT). This certification for bank board members has resonated with community bank boards throughout the United States.

The companion Workshops for Bank Directors programs are designed specifically for outside directors and are hailed as the most comprehensive and informative bank director education programs in the financial services industry. Outside directors especially benefit from the ABCs of bank board education. The SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation's expertise also makes it a sought-after source for custom bank director retreats and strategic planning sessions. All of director programs qualify for CPE credit.

The upcoming bank director education programs are:

146th Assembly for Bank Directors
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
Thursday, January 25, 2018 — Sunday, January 28, 2018

147th Assembly for Bank Directors
The Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa, California
Thursday, September 6, 2018 — Sunday, September 9, 2018

2017 Certified Community Bank Director's Program
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Thursday, November 2, 2017 — Saturday, November 4, 2017

Assemblies for Bank Directors

The Assemblies for Bank Directors draw bank directors and senior management from throughout America to discuss the latest issues affecting the national banking industry. By monitoring the banking industry's "hot topics" we ensure that the bank director program content is always fresh and dynamic. The locations are calm and relaxing; the speakers, top-notch. The bank faculty and facilitators are drawn from the nation's leading banking experts. With an eye on new bank regulatory expectations and D&O insurance provisions, these national banking programs are designed to complement a financial institution's own efforts in assembling a board whose strategic vision and oversight is second to none. This is a true American association of bank directors that serves the industry on multiple levels throughout the year – and has done so for nearly five decades.

NEW! The Certified Community Bank Director's Program

The Certified Community Bank Director's Programs has been created to address all areas of bank directorship - from duties and responsibilities to the fundamentals of bank finance.  The Certified Community Bank Director designation (CCBD) is a collaboration of and administered by the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) and the SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation (SWGSB).  This certification covers not only the regulatory and fiduciary responsibilities of bank directors, but also board structures and processes.  In addition, the program focuses on what makes boards and directors effective as well as what is expected of them by regulators, examiners and shareholders.

The Certified Community Bank Director's Program now offers two dynamic tracks:

Level 1 addresses the most fundamental skills needed by directors today.  It is suitable for new as well as experienced directors wanting to be certified on core director responsibilities.

Level 2 has just been introduced for those directors who have completed Level 1 (or equivalent) and are ready to drill down into additional areas the modern director needs to master.

Workshops for Bank Directors

The Workshops for Bank Directors are a companion bank director program to the Assemblies for Bank Directors. Here we drill down into what bank directors must know to achieve high-performance while meeting the demands of bank regulatory agencies and bank insurers. The Workshops were designed with the outside bank director in mind, but are equally relevant for inside directors. The subjects covered change over time but the focus remains on the "vital few" duties and responsibilities of bank board service: evaluating bank performance; risk management; effective loan policy; enhancing shareholder value; audit committee responsibilities, and compliance hot buttons.


Program Registration
Click here to register online or call (214) 768-2991 to register over the phone.

Conference tuition covers educational materials, instruction, and scheduled events.

  • Assemblies: $1,095 per bank director; guest attending social functions only, $175
  • The Certified Community Bank Director's Program: $895 per bank director, no guest fee

Note: We offer tuition discounts to banks registering more than two directors.

All major credit cards are accepted.

Hotel Accommodations and Travel Arrangements
Bank directors are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses, and arrangements. For hotel reservations, please call the Hotel and ask for the "Assemblies for Bank Directors" or "The Certified Community Bank Director's Program" group rate.

Cancellation Policy
All refunds are subject to a nonrefundable $95.00 registration fee; cancellations must be in writing. Full refunds will be issued for cancellations made at least 10 days before the program's start date. A 50% refund will be issued for cancellations between 10 days and 72 hours of the program's start date. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made 72 hours before the program's start date. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaint and refund, please contact our offices at 214-768-2991.

Social Events
We host a reception, a luncheon and two continental breakfasts for directors and their guests. There are also scheduled coffee breaks for directors throughout the conference.

Bank Director Educational Resources

Bank directors and senior bank management have found these educational resources especially helpful in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities:

Other Programs

By attending SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation programs, participants are assured of bank education and training at the corporate level. Unlike its peers, SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation conducts bank educational programs year round, including: