Women's Leadership Resources

Women continue to be under-represented in the banking industry. ABA would like to help lead and inspire women in banking by providing resources and opportunities to network with their peers.

Laurie Stewart"It is extremely important for women to advocate on their own behalf. Often women think if they do great work and are always available they will be picked for advancement. It works sometimes, but more often a woman needs to raise her hand and her head."

—Laurie Stewart,
Vice Chairman, ABA
President and CEO, Sound Community Bank, Seattle, WA

ABA Women's Leadership Forum

This annual Forum, held in conjunction with the ABA Government Relations Summit on April 25, 2018, is an opportunity to network with CEO and senior-level banking peers while hearing the latest on issues affecting the way you do business at your bank. The program features a panel of a women bank CEOs and roundtable discussions with a networking lunch. Learn more.

Featured Speakers

Mika MoserMika Moser, President, DirectorCorps

Mika Moser will share what she has done and is doing at her company to change the conversation about where the banking industry is headed. Moser’s career includes leading the marketing strategy for Bank Director and FinXTech. She has a great vantage point from which to share leadership advice.

Kristi HedgesKristi Hedges, Leadership Coach

Inspirational leadership is a common term in companies, yet inspirational leaders are exceedingly rare. Learn exactly what inspiring leaders do that anyone can replicate through practical, road-tested models. Develop your personal leadership presence and shape it into a powerful tool to help influence and inspire others. You’ll leave with a roadmap with actionable strategies for unlocking leadership potential.

Learn more about Hedges’ valuable leadership lessons below:

Register for the forum today

Women at Stonier

StonierThe first ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking graduating class in 1935 had 228 men and the first women were not admitted until 1964. Over the years, we have made significant strides in attracting more women to the school, and our hope is to increase the number of women graduates. In 2017, 44% of attendees were women.

If you are a female financial services professional considering applying to Stonier, female alumni are available to talk to you and provide insights into the Stonier experience from their individual perspectives. Request to speak to one of the woman advocates.

Inspiring Words from Leading Women


In Mason, Tennessee, Louise McGraw Cocke has worked at the same bank since 1948. See the story of this pioneering woman and her impact on the community.

She Suite – Women in the World - Christa Quarles


Studies & Survey Results

SourceMedia's Most Powerful Women in Banking

ABA is a gold sponsor of SourceMedia’s Most Powerful Women in Banking annual event. The rankings, selected by SourceMedia editors, highlight the professional achievements and business acumen of the industry's leading women.

Banks of all sizes can also nominate one or more women with senior status within their organizations. The nomination process is open in May each year. State associations can provide letters of support to members they may encourage to apply. 

Contact ABA's Susan Bonney for more information.

Questions? Please contact the ABA Webmaster for more information.


 State Bankers Associations Events



CBA Women in Banking
April 27, 2018 | Groton, CT

 Get Involved

ABA's daily work is guided by the input of member bankers who serve on our committees. Any member bank employee is eligible and encouraged to join any of the 11 committees and councils. Contact Leann Shepp if you are interested in joining an ABA committee or Sign-up today.

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