BAI accepting nominations for Emerging Leaders Scholarships to encourage their future success

CHICAGO, IL (June 14, 2017) — As part of its mission to support the professional development of the next-generation of financial services leaders, BAI is calling for nominations for its Emerging Leaders Scholarships. BAI offers $3,000 in scholarships to each of four qualified candidates who have less than 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. The scholarship program will give the recipients the opportunity to attend BAI Beacon, a fully immersive, interactive conference experience taking place in Atlanta, Oct. 4-5, 2017.

Scholarship winners will be awarded one BAI Beacon conference registration, giving them access to a personalized, fast-paced agenda with more than 70 sessions over two days and a front row seat at the BAI Global Innovation Awards Dinner and Ceremony. The scholarship for each winner is valued at $3,000 and includes two nights at the Omni Atlanta Hotel. Individuals can nominate themselves or a colleague by July 31, 2017, and scholarship winners will be notified by Aug. 25, 2017.

“The BAI Emerging Leaders Scholarship provides unique professional development opportunities, including access to relevant content and valuable networking connections with financial services executives,” said Debbie Bianucci, president and chief executive officer, BAI. “At BAI Beacon, the BAI Emerging Leaders Scholars will learn from the best and brightest minds in the industry that will inspire new ways of thinking.  They will be better equipped with the tools and knowledge to drive positive change in their organizations and pave the way for their future success.”

At BAI Beacon, the BAI Emerging Leaders Scholars will participate in one of the industry’s most unique conference experiences that will stimulate innovation, insights on how to harness the power of emerging technology, all within a challenging regulatory environment. BAI Beaconis a platform of unbiased, wide-ranging perspectives that position financial services leaders to be better able to evaluate strategic alternatives and make smart decisions about their business.

“As a recipient of last year’s BAI Emerging Leader Scholarship, I learned a great deal at BAI Beacon and was able to share new innovative ideas with my company based on the key takeaways from the conference,” said Chinyere Ubamadu, marketing manager at Atlantic Capital Bank. “The main challenges I face in my day-to-day job include problem solving, juggling priorities and the on-going digital transformation and its impact on business, and BAI Beacon offered the actionable insights I needed to manage those challenges. At BAI Beacon, I was learning from the minute I walked in the door, whether through the sessions or connecting with veteran banking professionals to gain industry knowledge.”

For more information on the BAI Emerging Leaders Scholarship and/or to submit a nomination, please visit or click here for an informational video. To learn more about BAI Beacon, visit

About BAI

As a nonprofit, independent organization, BAI has delivered the financial services industry’s most actionable insights for more than 95 years, helping leaders make smart business decisions every day. We provide in-depth, proprietary research to more than 40 of the top US banks, support more than 2,100 financial services organizations with compliance and professional development training, provide trusted, relevant thought leadership through BAI Banking Strategies reports, podcasts and webinars, and offerspecialized events and programs. For more information, visit


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