Management Development Program

A leadership training program unlike any other to develop and build skills that will help advance your career path.

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A program unlike any other

Experience a truly unique journey with the TBA’s Management Development Program (MDP). Our one-of-a-kind program is meticulously designed to equip each attendee with essential leadership concepts, powerful public speaking skills, effective relationship-building strategies, and the courage to make pivotal decisions for their bank’s success.

MDP education encompasses dynamic workshops, personalized training experiences, interactive problem-solving exercises, and collaborative team-building activities. We inspire attendees to step beyond their comfort zones, fostering growth in both physical and mental aspects of leadership and communication. Discover the unparalleled experience that defines TBA’s Management Development Program.

A Better You

At the conclusion of the program, the employee will be poised to significantly contribute to the bank’s growth as well as contribute in a positive way to the bank’s work environment by building and maintaining positive and influential relationships with employees and supervisors.

The ideal candidate for this program should possess:
  • The courage to overcome personal weaknesses.
  • A competitive attitude that allows for productive teamwork.
  • A collaborative spirit that centers on problem-solving, with input from all levels of the bank.
An attendee will graduate knowing:
  • Core concepts of leadership and management.
  • Principles of public speaking.
  • Relationship-building through interpersonal communications.
  • How to make courageous decisions and take action crucial to the bank’s success.
  • How to address the challenge of change with confidence and action-oriented outcomes.
  • How to think, plan and execute bank initiatives.

Leadership Development Sessions

Session I: It’s Simple, it’s not easy

Management of people and leadership of organizations are based on core concepts. The concepts are simple. Implementation is not.

  • The challenge of managing and leading
  • Dealing with the stress of leadership
  • How errors in communication destroy relationships
  • Building presentation skills
  • Building relationship skills
Session II: Do something that scares you

Managers and leaders face difficult situations that require a courageous decision or action. This session uncovers the courage that lies within.

  • Conflict management
  • Negotiating with the boss, an employee or customer
  • Advanced team exercises
  • Lessons from the Navy SEALS
  • Mission planning
  • Team building
  • Leading a team
Session III: Limitations are self-imposed

The challenges of change are inherent to business and to life. These high-stress moments shut down managers and leaders who are uncertain about their problem-solving and management skills. This session provides a heightened awareness of what to do and how to do it.

  • Peer-to-peer problem solving
  • Leadership in crisis
  • Crisis communications
  • Advanced presentation skills
  • Leading a team under pressure
Session IV: Who dares wins

This session focuses on the bank, its brand, marketing and strategic planning. Teams receive a final dynamic push with challenging exercises that test what has been learned.

  • How to establish a quality brand for the bank
  • Effective media relations for a bank
  • Why strategic plans fail
  • Leading a team under pressure
  • Graduation


Juli Lynch

Juli Lynch, Ph.D.

Juli Lynch, Ph.D., is a psychologist, consultant and executive coach. She has over 25 years of experience working with bankers in leadership development, strategic initiatives and culture change engagements. Juli has also been a keynote speaker at banking industry conventions, sharing her insights and knowledge on the changing dynamics of today’s banking environment. She has been on the faculty of the TBA Management Development Program for over 15 years.

Much of Juli’s enthusiasm comes from her endeavors as a former professional athlete — having raced in some of the world’s most extreme adventure races. She has run, biked, paddled, skied and raced horses in grueling long-distance races around the world. She has even been featured on the Discovery Channel Eco-Challenge Australia as the lone female with a team of U.S. Navy SEALS.

Juli lives in northern Wisconsin on her horse farm where she facilitates therapeutic and leadership workshops for individuals and groups in partnership with her herd of horses.

Robert Monroe

Robert Monroe

Robert Monroe is the founder and director of Redfin Risk Mitigation, Inc., providing tailored personal security consultation and training to professionals, executives and high-value individuals so they can protect themselves and their families from criminal and terrorist violence.

With over 25 years of experience in Naval Special Warfare as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer, Robert has served in a variety of operational positions, including SEAL platoon commander, SEAL Team training officer, Commander of the Navy Parachute Team — the ‘Leap Frogs’, assistant team leader at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group and a United Nations Military Observer in the Middle East.

A graduate of Defense Language School in Spanish, Robert holds a Business degree from Washington State University and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

David Pittelkow

Captain David Pittelkow, U.S. Navy (RET.)

David Pittelkow was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1977. After making an interservice transfer to the Navy in 1984, he served on SEAL Teams and Special Boat Teams as a platoon commander, training and operations officer, assault team leader, executive officer and commanding officer. David also served at the Pentagon, the Naval Special Warfare Command and at United States Special Operations Command. In 2005, Pittelkow reported to the U.S. Naval War College, serving as the Wm. J. Donovan Special Operations Forces Chair and professor of Joint Military Operations until his retirement from active duty in 2007.

Following retirement, David settled in rural Northeast Washington State with his family where he took up farming, serves as a volunteer firefighter and is a consultant to military and civilian entities.

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Program Fee and Educational Discounts

The fee for the Management Development program is $4,500 payable prior to the first session. Fees cover instruction and all meals provided during each of the four sessions. Sessions typically are in February, April, August and December. Travel and accommodation costs are not included. TBA will make every effort to keep participant costs down. Each program session will begin on Monday afternoon and end by noon on Wednesday.

Attendance at all four sessions is required for graduation. Attendance at the TBA Annual Convention or Senior Management Summit and the Austin or Washington Blitz is strongly recommended. A 50% discount on registration fees for these and any other TBA conference will be extended to all MDP participants while in the program.

Limited class size.