The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) from July 25-27 held its 2022 Community Bankers Summit at the University of Colorado Boulder. The first two days of the program featured the inaugural Leeds Executive Leadership Symposium, the result of a partnership with the CU Boulder Leeds School of Business which offers GSBC alumni a certification in executive leadership. Different than any other program GSBC has offered, the school’s alumni were immersed in leadership-centered curriculum:

Understanding the Organization as a System with Antonio Papuzza: Papuzza challenged listeners to have a systematic approach to problem solving. By getting to the bottom of what is causing a system to fail, attendees learned to allow themselves to view their banks/organizations as an interconnected, holistic system.

Creating an Ethical Climate with Joshua Nunziato: As an expert in ethics and ethical climates, Nunziato reminded our listeners of the economic and moral roles community banks play in their communities; at its core, the moral role of community banks is to “facilitate human flourishing in the places where you live.”

Leading Organizational Change with Doug Bennett: In this conversational session, Bennett challenged listeners to get to the bottom of organizations’ cultures before assuming the best course of action in leading change.

Leading Through a Crisis with Cory Cunningham: It’s a reality that a crisis can happen at any time, on any scale. From data breaches to public scandal, Cunningham gave attendees best practices in handling the bank’s image through different types of crises.

Leader Reactions Course with Aaron Roof: This course was derived from military special operations assessment and selection courses. It is designed to place individuals in challenging situations which require leadership skills, decision making, creative problem solving, teamwork and effective communication. Teams moved through different “missions” rotating leadership positions with facilitators providing feedback and adjusting complexity to ensure Summit attendees experienced a safe, fun, challenging and impactful learning experience. [Source: CU Boulder Executive Leadership Program]

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At the conclusion of the Leadership portion of the program, each attendee received a joint certification from GSBC and Leeds School of Business. That evening, we welcomed Lamont Black as a keynote speaker, presenting on innovative opportunities for community banks, specifically on cryptocurrency, blockchain and other forms of financial innovation.


Dr. Lamont Black, Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University


On Wednesday, July 27, GSBC welcomed additional attendees for the Summit’s Community Banking Day, led by GSBC faculty. Topics included:

The 2023 Community Bankers Summit will be offered during GSBC’s 72nd Annual School Session in July. To learn more, request more information.