Heading to the MBA Conference 2017? Don’t Miss These 6 Sessions

For many in our industry, the MBA Conference 2017 will be the highlight of our year (professionally). The annual event put on by the Mortgage Bankers Association not only draws CEOs, VPs and senior managers from banks and business models of all types, but also government agency representatives and regulators. It’s one of the best events (if not the best)  for the real estate finance industry.

 

This year’s event ― taking place October 22-25 in Denver ― is more exciting than ever. Session speakers include U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Allianz Chief Economic Advisor Mohamed El-Erian and, Bloomberg Television anchor Betty Liu and NFL superstar Peyton Manning. Plus, John Legend will be performing. Since there will be so much happening at the event, itself, we put together a curated list some must-attend sessions for executives and business leaders. Check them out below.

 

6 Sessions You Should Attend at the MBA Conference 2017

 

  1. Digital Disruption – The Future of Work, Skills and Careers in a Digital World

When: October 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Level 3, Ballroom Level, Mile High Ballroom

In this session, former Stanford University visiting scholar Dr. Tracey Wilen will teach you how rapid changes in society and technology are dramatically shifting the workforce. Wilen will be joined by mortgage executives to discuss what this means for leaders in the industry. Her research focuses on how technology affects work and careers, so she’ll focus on upcoming trends that are affecting jobs and skills that are needed to remain relevant.

 

  1. Industry Welcome, followed by What’s Ahead in the Global Economy?

When: October 23 at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Level 3, Ballroom Level, Mile High Ballroom

Starting with a warm welcome from MBA President and CEO David Stevens, Chairman Rodrigo Lopez and Chairman David Motley, this introductory session will review our global economic path and what it means for the real estate industry. Allianz Chief Economic Advisor Mohamed El-Erian will discuss the correlation between volatile financial markets and rising inequality, sluggish growth and political tensions, as well as present an innovative vision for a renewed global economy. Bloomberg Television anchor Betty Liu will join him on-stage after his presentation for a live interview.

 

  1. A View from Washington

When: October 23 at 11 a.m.

Where: Level 3, Ballroom Level, Mile High Ballroom

Join the Honorable Benjamin S. Carson Sr., Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Honorable Melvin L. Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, in this session. Secretary Carson will discuss his priorities for the nation’s housing, while Director Watt share his insights on the industry based on his experience running one its key government agencies. You’ll leave with a unique perspective straight from Washington.

 

  1. Building a Culture and Staying Competitive

When: October 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Level 3, Ballroom Level, Four Seasons Ballroom 1

The mortgage market is transforming at the same time that much of the workforce is aging. Companies need to adapt. Join New American Funding President Patricia Arvielo, Radius Financial Group Principal and COO Keith Polaski and Vermillion Consulting President and CEO Dale Vermillion to learn what internal changes will give your company an edge, including the ability to develop a diverse workforce of loan officers, underwriters and secondary market managers.

 

  1. The Goalposts of Leadership are Shifting: Are You?

When: October 24 at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Level 3, Ballroom Level, Mile High Ballroom

In this session, Peyton Manning will share stories about adapting to life’s ever-changing circumstances and how business leaders can translate his insights into their organizations. You’ll be inspired to reach higher and be more of a leader on your “field,” in addition to walking away with real-world advice that could only come from a two-time Super Bowl winner and NFL MVP.

 

  1. Economic and Mortgage Market Outlook for 2018

When: October 24 at 11:15 a.m.

Where: Level 3, Ballroom Level, Mile High Ballroom

To navigate the future of mortgage banking, you need a good understanding of where exactly the industry is headed. Join this session to hear forecasts from MBA Chief Economist and SVP of Research and Technology Michael Fratantoni, VP of Industry Analysis Marina Walsh and VP of Research and Economics Lynn M. Fisher. They’ll discuss the forces impacting the current economic and housing market, as well as emerging trends and what they’ll mean for your business in the years ahead.

 

Still need tickets for the event? Click here to register as an attendee, sponsor or exhibitor. We recommend you purchase tickets beforehand, as prices go up when you buy them at the actual event. The MBA offers discounts for groups of various sizes, so consider bringing multiple members of your team. And follow #MBAAnnual17 on Twitter and Instagram for convention updates.