DBA Digest for September 10 , 2021
2021 FDIC Director's College
Don't miss the 2021 FDIC Director's College, September 24 live on the Zoom Webinar Platform, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The FDIC Director's College provides ongoing education on current topics of bank supervision to bank directors, senior officers, corporate secretaries, and board advisors. The course is designed to help directors and trustees, both new and experienced, stay abreast of the ever-changing regulatory environment.

This year's agenda includes: Risk Identification and Assessment; Effectively Identifying and Monitoring Cybersecurity Risks; Conversations with Regulators; Economic Update; and, Guidance for New Directors. Follow the link below to register. Registration is $299.00/per person. We would like to extend a discount of 15% for ten or more registrants and a 10% discount for 5-9 registrants. To take advantage of this group rate, please reach out to Corinne Stayton corinne.stayton@debankers.com .
New Seminar: Emotional Intelligence
October 5th - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Interest in Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is growing. How many people have you met who seem to be brilliant IQ-wise but maybe don’t have EQ people skills to reach their full potential? This unique EQ-i version contains 15 emotional skills—including Decision Making and Stress Management—that can help or hinder success in the business world. EQ-i blends training and coaching strategies to help you and your colleagues analyze how often they use the skills, determine their impact on others, and balance their usage for increased professional and personal well-being. This program includes the option to provide each participant with a scientifically-validated assessment accompanied by a comprehensive, confidential report on all 15 skills, a truly customized EQ-i approach.

Join Linda Comerford, Comerford Consulting for this rewarding on-line course via Zoom, October 5th: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Just $99 per person!
2021 Delaware Trust Conference October 19 & 20!
In Person - Live Streaming - On-Demand!
Wealth Management Professionals get ready for the most convenient conference experience! Attend the 2021 Delaware Trust Conference in person at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, or via live stream on your computer, tablet, or phone. And all sessions will also be available for on-demand viewing after the conference! Earn up to 18.0 CLE Credits, Including 2.0 Ethics Credits! All the sessions feature the stellar line-up of the nation’s top trust, legal, and wealth management experts for which the Delaware Trust Conference is known. The All-Access Pass is only $995 for DBA Members!

Follow the link below for agenda and registration information!
Taking the "Grrr" Out of Grammar: October 27th
Surveys show that 80% of those in the business world tend to say, “Grr!” a lot when editing a document. Participants will enjoy working with practical grammar and punctuation rules that help them do so more quickly and easily. Some topics for avoiding grammar glitches include subject-verb agreement, verb tense, misplaced as well as dangling modifiers, parallel structure, sentence structure, and pronoun case. Also included are the latest rules to help participants eliminate punctuation pitfalls while mastering commas, semicolons, and colons. Then, others won’t be likely to say, “Grr!” about the written or edited documents they receive.

Join Linda Comerford, Comerford Consulting for this valuable on-line course via Zoom, October 27th: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Just $99 per person!

Mid-Atlantic CEO Forum - November 7-9
The Mid-Atlantic CEO Forum, an Event for Bank CEOs and Senior Leadership, will bring together bankers and industry partners for sessions with nationally recognized speakers providing relevant and timely content geared specifically to bank CEOs and other senior leaders. The Forum will be held November 7th through 9th at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Follow the link below for full agenda and registration information.
Doneene K. Damon Named Managing Partner of the Year in Corporate Counsel’s Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards

Doneene K. Damon, president of Richards, Layton & Finger, has been listed as a “Managing Partner of the Year—Law Firm” by Corporate Counsel in its 2021 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards. These awards recognize women lawyers who have demonstrated a professional commitment and personal dedication to advancing the empowerment of women in the legal industry. Doneene and the other honorees will be recognized at an awards dinner on Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C.

Doneene’s leadership within Richards Layton, the legal profession, and the community at large sets the standard for community involvement and professional excellence. In addition to serving as Richards Layton’s president, she is co-chair of the firm’s Business Department and chair of the Corporate Trust and Agency Services Group. Doneene focuses her legal practice on the use of Delaware and New York trusts in a wide range of commercial transactions, and represents banks and trust companies in connection with their trust and agency services under Delaware and New York law. 

Long an advocate for diversity, Doneene is a member of the Steering Committee for the Delaware Bench and Bar Diversity Project. She previously served on the board of directors for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. Doneene was chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Lawyers of Color Subcommittee, was Diversity co-chair of the Committee on Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations, and was co-chair of the Committee on Corporate Director Diversity, which is committed to promoting the placement of women and minorities on boards of directors. Doneene chaired Richards Layton’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee for many years and is one of the leaders of the firm’s Women’s Initiative.
Troutman Pepper Insights:
FFIEC Guidance Emphasizes the Key Role of Risk Assessments in Supporting Strong Financial Institution Authentication and Access Controls

As our colleagues from the Consumer Financial Services Group reported on August 11, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued guidance titled “Authentication and Access to Financial Institution Services and Systems.” The guidance updates and replaces prior FFIEC guidance, and provides financial institutions with examples of effective risk management principles and practices for access and authentication. The guidance underscores the need for financial institutions to extend access and authentication considerations beyond consumer and business customers to include employees, particularly security administrators and senior management, and third parties, such as cloud service providers and other vendors.

Financial institutions face significant cybersecurity risks. Driven by the convenience of mobile banking on multiple devices, the expansion of digital banking services and information system access points has provided attackers with more opportunities to obtain unauthorized access to or exfiltrate data, exposing information and credentials of customers, employees and third parties. Attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, demonstrating a need for stronger authentication and access controls for financial institutions.
Ballard Spahr Webinar:
Enforcement Action Developments and Trends at the “New” CFPB - Sept. 27th
Although the Senate has not yet confirmed Rohit Chopra as the new Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Acting Director Uejio has not wasted any time in revitalizing enforcement initiatives. During a relatively short period of time, the CFPB enforcement activity seems to have made a 180 degree turn away from the laissez-faire Trump/Kraninger era and now looks a lot like what was experienced during the Obama/Cordray era. During this webcast, we will take a very close look at this metamorphosis, describe the changes that have already taken place, and the products and practices that are currently being scrutinized.

Attend this Ballard Spahr Webinar, Monday, September 27, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
Sign Up Now! Two On-Line Courses:
Fundamentals of Commercial Banking; and,
Analyzing Repayment Sources!
The Delaware Bankers Association & Delaware Financial Education Alliance has partnered with Andy Keusal with Keusal Learning LLC to offer two new online Breaking into Banking videos:

  • Breaking into Banking 101: Fundamentals of Commercial Banking - ten learning modules, over 5 hours in total content

  • Breaking into Banking 201: Analyzing Repayment Sources - nine modules covers topics including how to analyze income statements, balance sheets, collateral, and risk rating.

Each module includes a video lesson and a multiple-choice self-check. Many of the lessons include exercises/case studies for learners to work through that are related to a sample company outlined in the course’s Reference Guide.

Get the full details, including an introductory video at the link below.
We want to hear from you! Please send your news items to
Greg Koseluk at greg.koseluk@debankers.com