American Banker introduces the Digital Banking Leadership Council

A digital peer-to-peer membership community for senior executives in financial services

NEW YORK, NY – (November 21, 2016) American Banker - the flagship brand of SourceMedia - today announced the launch of the Digital Banking Leadership Council, a digital peer-to-peer membership community for senior executives in financial services who require deep, current and practical knowledge of the technology trends that are transforming banking.

The Digital Banking Leadership Council is designed to connect financial industry decision-makers with the resources and perspective they need to understand and navigate a dynamic and competitive business environment, discover and assess the most promising startups and technologies, and keep in touch with their peers on a year-round basis.

“The banking industry finds itself today at the center of many powerful forces, including a still-burgeoning community of influential FinTechs and a regulatory establishment that has finally turned its attention to digital technologies,” said Marc Hochstein, the editor in chief of American Banker and the Council’s co-chair. “As the voice of technology innovation in financial services, American Banker is ideally suited to host the Digital Banking Leadership Council and bring together the industry’s leaders and thinkers.”

Members of the Digital Banking Leadership Council will have opportunity to meet and engage with the people, products, and companies that are changing financial services technology. Membership includes:

  • Monthly virtual events showcasing new technologies, companies and case studies
  • A bankers-only social network that will allow them to rate products and share opinions
  • Networking dinners for council members at relevant industry events and in select cities
  • Exclusive access and discounts to American Banker and PaymentsSource events, such as Digital Banking, Blockchains & Digital Currencies, Banking Analytics and Digital Mortgage
  • A reading list curated by and for members only

“The Digital Banking Leadership Council represents a new event model for SourceMedia,” said John DelMauro, the company’s SVP of Conferences & Events. “It will allow us to connect the senior banking executives year-round with the education, community and expertise they have come to expect from our in-person events and compelling content.”

The council is a joint effort of American Banker, the essential information resource for banking and financial services professionals, and Traction Technology Partners, which specializes in connecting enterprise leaders to the world’s most transformative products, technologies, and startups.

“FinTech is rewriting the rules of competition in the financial services industry. The Digital Banking Leadership Council is designed to keep our members ahead of the technology curve,” said Erick Schonfeld, founding Partner of Traction Technology Partners.

The virtual event series kicks off in January 2017 with a discussion, led by David Sosna, CEO and co-founder of Personetics, of the implications of artificial intelligence and chatbots for banking. The second session, in February, will focus on uses of blockchain in banking, hosted by American Banker’s Marc Hochstein and including Todd McDonald, Chief Operating Officer of R3 and Ethan Buchman, Chief Technology Officer of Tendermint.

For more information on the Digital Banking Leadership Council programming and details on how to apply for membership please visit

About American Banker
American Banker, a SourceMedia brand, is the essential resource for senior executives in banking and financial services, keeping its users updated on vital developments and focusing sharply on their most important concerns. Financial industry professionals rely on American Banker to stay maximally informed, and engage with an authoritative community of analysts, practitioners and innovators via news analysis and opinion content, research reports, social media, and live events.

About SourceMedia
SourceMedia, an Observer Capital company, is a business-to-business Digital Marketing Services, Subscription Information, and Event company serving senior-level professionals in the financial, technology and healthcare sectors. Brands include American Banker, PaymentsSource, The Bond Buyer, Financial Planning, Accounting Today, Mergers & Acquisitions, National Mortgage News, Employee Benefit News and Health Data Management.

About Traction Technology Partners
Traction Technology Partners brings 25 years of building world-class technology events, analyzing technology trends, and a deep global network of the world's top startup founders, venture capitalists, incubators, and engineers to bear on solving our clients' hardest problems. Our Founding Partners, Erick Schonfeld and Neal Silverman, are the creative and business minds who produced DEMO and TechCrunch Disrupt, discovering thousands of the world's most innovative products. TTP connects the enterprise to emerging technologies In addition to Events, TPP builds Emerging Technology Councils in partnership with media and executive leadership organizations, and crafts custom Innovation Discovery Programs for corporate clients.

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Christine Zahn