Bank On WA Forum 2023! 

This year our forum is October 23rd and 24th and will be held at Everett Community College. We’re excited about the theme, Fostering Financial Belonging: Connect | Expand | Strengthen | Empower. Building on last year’s forum, we will explore what it takes to create conditions where all Washingtonians feel they belong and can achieve financial well-being. Take a look at the agenda for an idea of what we’ll be discussing. REGISTER HERE>

Participants will have the opportunity to select one of 5 areas of focus and will join a smaller learning group to process and discuss the content together during the 2-day event. The focus areas are youth, immigrants & refugees, justice-involved individuals, microenterprise, and black homeownership initiatives. We are excited to offer the opportunity to dive deeper into what financial inclusion and financial belonging means in the context of work in those areas. Our annual Bank On Forum is more than just an annual gathering; it’s an incubator of new ideas and opportunities to help improve the financial stability of our un and underbanked neighbors.

Our team of planners is hard at work creating a powerful agenda. Our goal for the forum is that people across sectors will come together to learn together and from one another, engaging in:

  • Creative problem-solving
  • Imagining solutions
  • Elevating positive and successful work happening around the state and country

and will leave the forum with specific, actionable steps they can take in their role to increase the equitable financial inclusion and financial wellness of their community and all Washingtonians.

Who should attend?

  • Financial institutions, government & financial regulators, community-based organizations, and educators (K-12 and higher ed.) who provide financial products, services, or programs to low-income and marginalized Washingtonians, and are interested in increasing financial inclusion and financial wellness
  • Decision-makers and influencers in financial product and program design
  • Those working in financial wellness*, especially those working directly with communities to connect people to safe, affordable, accessible financial products and services
  • Those wishing to get more engaged in financial wellness* work going forward

* Financial wellness includes those who offer financial coaching, counseling, education, or other financial services, or who have key financial conversations with clients, customers, or community members

REGISTER TODAY! We hope to see you there!

Interested in sponsoring the event?
There are sponsorship opportunities for organizations who want to support this work financially! Please reach out!

Download the 2022 forum PROGRAM. The Financial Empowerment Network hosted our signature Bank On Washington annual forum in person at the Yakima Valley Convention Center on October 24th and 25th after two years of virtual gatherings.

The forum centered on understanding the un-and under-banked in Washington, exploring their financial service needs, and crafting community-led solutions. We explored the experience of folks who are furthest from opportunity and have been historically and are currently excluded from mainstream financial services. On Day One, we focused on the strengths of our communities, and on Day Two, we tackled structural changes and solutions.

Download the 2021 Bank On agenda and check out the links below to the Forum videos on YouTube.
BOWA 2021 Day 1 – YouTube
BOWA 2021 Day 2 – YouTube

Download the 2020 Bank On agenda and check out the Forum videos on YouTube.

The 2020 Bank On WA Forum was organized around financial resilience, hope, connections, and action for community professionals committed to advancing inclusive banking.

BOWA 2020 Day 1 – YouTube
BOWA 2020 Day 2 – YouTube

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