WELCOME

In the fall of 2016 we celebrated the 40th year of the Symposium for Community Bank Directors sponsored by Western States Director Education Foundation. The location and dates for the 2017 Symposium will be announced in the first quarter.

Please re-visit this site for updates OR sign up for our email program.

  • With respect to our over-flowing inboxes, you will receive special updates and education throughout the year in a timely, but not overwhelming manner.
  • Your privacy is highly respected and emails will not be shared in any way.


It is with great pleasure to introduce you to the Western States Director Education Foundation's website. Our website contains information about our history, direction, involvement, and past agendas and venues .

The Western States Director Education Foundation dedicates many volunteer man-hours to provide an annual Symposium of exceptional programs and topics to educate all bank directors and senior officers. These programs and speakers are carefully selected to assist you in gaining insight and knowledge about today's community banking industry.


Over the past years, we have assisted the following institutions with educational grants:

  • Independent Bankers of Colorado
  • Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico
  • Graduate School of Banking at Colorado
  • New Mexico Bankers Association
  • The Colorado Bankers Association
  • Western States School of Banking
  • Wyoming Bankers Association

On behalf of the board, let me thank those who have supported the foundation in the past, present and in the future.

Robert D. McBride, 2017 Chairman
Vice President
First Northern Bank of Wyoming, Buffalo, WY



“I have attended the annual Bank Director’s Symposium for over 21 years and without exception, the topics have been extremely timely, the quality of speakers has been excellent, and the knowledge gained has been invaluable, certainly to an Outside Director. It is definitely an event that our board looks forward to each year.”
~ Gwen Speer Clouthier, Citizens Bank, Farmington, NM


Send your comments and questions to:
Lisa Livingstone at livingstoneassoc@gmail.com