Women in Banking Forum



The virtual program will run from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. PT with a 90 minute lunch break.

More specific agenda details coming soon…


Virginia Varela
President, Head of Community Banking
SoFi Bank, N.A.

Virginia is a seasoned banker with over 30 years of successful community banking experience, both as a bank executive and as a former banking regulator. Virginia held various positions of authority with regulatory agencies including the Federal Reserve Bank and the US Treasury Department. She was a manager of examinations and supervision, helped develop banking law, drafted Congressional presentations, and provided expertise to financial institutions of all complexities.


Joyce Kwon
Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources
Citizens Business Bank

Joyce Kwon is the Senior Vice President and Human Resources Director for Citizens Business Bank. She is responsible for leading the Bank’s core values and culture through the Human Resources Department. Joyce has been in the Financial Industry for 25 years, the majority of her tenure with Wells Fargo and City National Bank. She has cultivated a reputation for designing, implementing, and leading forward-thinking and sustainable HR programs, policies, and procedures in the areas of Total Rewards and Benefits, Talent Branding and Acquisition, HR Planning and Analytics, Leadership Development, and Employee Relations to enable the Bank’s strategy, engage associates, and deliver business outcomes and performance.


Michele Gil
Managing Partner
Chrisman & Company

Michele Andujo Gil is Managing Partner and majority equity owner with more than 25 years of recruiting and management experience at the Los Angeles-based Chrisman & Company, a national executive search consultancy to financial and related industries. She leads the firm’s board of directors practice as well as searches for senior/executive management positions including C-level positions for prominent clients in banking and financial services. Clients include regional and community banks, investment banks, wealth management, FinTechs, credit unions, as well as other sectors in the financial services industry. Mrs. Gil has experience working with bank regulatory agencies (FDIC, OCC, Federal Reserve and DFP&I). She consults with boards of directors and executive teams on issues concerning succession planning, leadership development and human capital strategies.


CPE Credits

The 2023 Women in Banking Forum will be offering CPE credits. Once the agenda is finalized we will display the amount of credits here.

The California Bankers Association is registered with NASBA as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.


Registration Information

Pricing For Price
CBA Bank Members & Bank Non-Members $75/person

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Group Registration

For the 2023 Women in Banking Forum, we are offering group pricing for any groups of 14 or more people. 

Price: $995 for any groups of 14 or more people

So, if you would like to take advantage of this group pricing,
please contact Gina Titus at registrations@calbankers.com today!

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees less a $25 processing fee per registrant will be refunded if cancellation is received by Tuesday, February, 28, 2023. No refund if cancellations are received after Tuesday, February, 28. Substitutions welcomed.

Group Registration

Group Registration

For the 2023 Women in Banking Forum, we are offering group pricing for any groups of 14 or more people. 

Price$995 for any groups of 14 or more people

So, if you would like to take advantage of this group pricing,
please contact Gina Titus at registrations@calbankers.com today!

Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship Information

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Jennifer Benson, Vice President of Conferences and Strategic Partners at jbenson@calbankers.com or (916) 438-4416.

Why sponsor:

  • Maximize your company’s brand awareness and increase your market position
  • Gain direct access to member banks and institutions in an exclusive environment
  • Raise your profile above your competitors
  • Learn about the issues confronting today’s financial service leaders and gain valuable insight into potential solutions
  • Match your exposure needs, regardless of your budget
  • Shape or reinforce a positive perception of your company with bank executives
  • Support the California Bankers Association, the largest non-profit banking organization serving the California financial services industry