2019 Speakers

Josh Rowland

Chief Executive Office and Vice Chairman

Lead Bank

Josh Rowland is the Chief Executive Office and Vice Chairman of Lead Bank, a Missouri-chartered community bank. Lead Bank was named the Best Small Business of the Year for 2018 by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Josh was named a “Top 10 Most Innovative CEOs for 2018” by INV Fintech as well as ICBA 2018 Community Banker of the Year for the Central region. He is a featured speaker at national conferences; most recently Josh served as co-master of ceremonies and panelist at the inaugural 2019 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Conference in Kansas City.

Josh received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, from Stanford University and a PhD. in English Literature from Yale University.  Subsequently, Josh graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College Law School, and prior to joining Lead Bank in 2008, Josh practiced law as a commercial litigator, focusing on securities defense work at two American Law 100 firms.  Josh serves as a member of the boards of the Urban League of Kansas City, MOCSA, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Kansas City Art Institute.

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