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The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking

These 25 leaders are using their influence to make banking — and their communities — better.


Among the impressive women you'll want to keep an eye on moving forward are: two new female CEOs at top-40 banks; Mary Mack, who'll now oversee consumer banking at embattled Wells Fargo; and community bank CEOs Mary Anny Scully and Karen Glenn. »


Women are arguably even more outnumbered in the upper ranks of finance than in banking, and the executives on this list stand out not only for their performance but for their work to help create a path to parity. »

Editor's Note»

This year, KeyCorp executed the second-largest bank acquisition by deal value since the financial crisis and announced a groundbreaking commitment to do $16.5 billion of lending to low- and moderate-income communities across several states. Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney also purposely raised the visibility of other executives at her company, to bring more diversity of thought into the company’s decision-making process. But Mooney doesn't see an end to her days of trailblazing yet. »


What it takes to excel goes far beyond the daily work a job entails. It's about having the courage to be who you are, stand up for what you believe in, overcome great adversity, and make the world better in a way that is uniquely yours. Here are four executives who have done just that.
Create a Ripple Effect: JPMorgan's Stacey Friedman
Be Like a Puffer Fish: Barclays' Barbara Byrne
Have the Courage to Believe: BBVA's Rosilyn Houston
Power Through Adversity: First United's Karen Glenn »

Top Teams

Laura Sikora got the message 20 years ago when she interviewed at BMO Financial that her aspirations were important to the company, and now she has spearheaded a new micromentoring program to give others help with realizing their career goals.

Top Teams

Centric Financial is one of the few publicly traded banking companies with women in the chief executive and chief financial officer roles. Centric is also distinctive for its enviable growth and performance. Those two facts are not purely coincidental.

Top Teams

Women at JPMorgan Chase don't just settle for the formal check-the-box networking groups. Their grassroots efforts have launched multiple programs to raise the profile of women at the company and help them advance.

Top Teams

There's a lot to be done now that KeyCorp has closed on its deal for First Niagara, and it's telling who has been put in charge of the many different facets of the integration.

Top Teams

For several years, Zions Bank has monitored salaries to ensure women aren't being paid less than men for comparable work. Last year, the monitoring went from a semiannual review to a constant lookout.

MUFG Union Bank has named a head of private wealth management for its northern California and Pacific Northwest region.

An initiative to create a more nurturing workplace helped First Busey improve its employee engagement, its standing with customers, and its performance.

With prolonged low interest rates, Centric Bank is targeting niche groups while eyeing ways to poach customers from recent sellers in Pennsylvania.

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