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Barret Graduate Session Update-Important information


Greetings Grad Program participants:

As referenced in previous emails, there will be required prerequisite virtual courses you all will need to complete before attending this year.  We would hope you can work out your schedule to be there live, where you can take part in Q & A. If you are in your 1st or 2nd year of the program, information learned in these courses will show up on your respective exams on Friday of the school week, so it is vital that you pay attention.   If for some reason you cannot attend these virtual courses live, a recording will be available – placed in our Advanced Learning Platform, where you all will be provided login credentials.  In any event, you must complete them before the Grad school week, if you want to progress as planned.
**For our 3rd students, if you cannot attend these live classes, you must still watch the recordings in their entirety in order to graduate.
We finally were able to work out the planning with all the faculty members, so here is a breakdown per class year – please go ahead and save these in your schedules. Zoom meeting links will be forwarded in a separate email as we near the class dates:

Freshman Class (Year 1):
Developing a Sales Culture (April 30th @ 9am-1pm CST)
Financial Institutions/Markets (May 4th @ 9am-Noon CST)
Tech, Payments, & Cybersecurity (May 10th @ 1-4pm CST)

Junior Class (Year 2):
Investment Portfolio Management (May 20th @ 9am-Noon CST)
Asset/Liability Management (May 26th @ 8am-Noon CST)

Senior Class (Year 3):
Digital/Social Marketing (April 29th @ 8am-Noon CST)
Bank Sim/Game Intro (May 1st @ 10-11am CST)***
Bank Sim/1st Team Decision Q&A (May 22nd @ 10-11am CST)***
Balance Sheet Management (May 27th @ 8am-Noon)
***vital to be there live, explains the entire week of competition. If you cannot attend these live, please email me and we can discuss arrangements.

We will have the expectation that you have a working camera and microphone on the computer/PC used for the virtual sessions, so please make the appropriate accommodations.

And here is a reminder of the actual grad week dates (whether you are in-person or Zooming virtually from home):

Senior Class (June 6th-11th)
Junior Class (June 13th-18th)
Freshman Class (June 20th-25th)

If you are staying on campus (schooling in-person), we will now need to arrive by 3:30pm CST to check into your apartment.  If you are staying at the event hotel (see link below), we would like you to be on campus by 5pm, for the class orientation.  A BBQ social will follow at 5:30pm CST.
Whether you are in-person or virtual, the class schedules during the week will be the same:

·  Monday-Thursday (8am-5:30pm)


·  10-minute breaks every hour


·  Lunch break of 1.5 hours each day


·  Friday approximately 9-11:30am

As for Friday, you can plan on heading home no later than noon.  The Senior class will wrap up Bank Sim and then have an abbreviated graduation from 9am-11:30am CST.  The Junior and Freshman classes will have their exam from 9am-11am CST.

If you have not booked your hotel room, please do so with this link ASAP:
The Memphian Hotel in Overton Square:

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.  Best wishes!


Chris Kelley

President/Executive Director
Barret School of Banking


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Byron Earnheart is the Programming Director for the Barret School of Banking in Memphis, TN and the host of the “Main Street Banking” podcast…the only podcast solely devoted to community banks. He has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry; 11 of which have been in banking in various roles from teller work to branch management. He spends his time playing guitar and singing in Delta Heart (the “house band of the Mississippi Delta”), writing music, cooking, reading, and enduring the University of Tennessee Volunteers athletic seasons. He is married to his wife Kelly of 11 years and has two children, John Aubrey (11) and Mary Laura (7). If you'd like to hear Byron's music, check him out on Spotify:
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