Arla Wasson, director of marketing and business development at Farmers State Bank, has been selected to participate in the Future Leaders Alliance offered through the Illinois Bankers Association, according to a news release from the bank.

The year-long leadership program is dedicated to enhancing the professional development of new and promising bank leaders through three primary components - education, community service and networking.

“I am very appreciative to my bank for supporting me in this endeavor,” Wasson said in the release. “We are a very progressive institution and I am thankful for such a wonderful opportunity.”

Participants will partake in comprehensive training, which involves attending educational sessions while performing local community service teaching financial literacy. The education sessions cover core topics such as Leadership and Influence, Team Building, Coaching, Service Leadership, Financial Marketing and Branding, Legislative Process, Accounting for Bankers, Asset Liability Management, Regulatory Hot Topics, and more.

— The Southern