A Call to Action as Women Bankers' C-Suite Presence Diminishes

Thursday night's celebration of American Banker's Most Powerful Women in Banking turned into a call for action for companies to build a pipeline of female leaders.


In putting together the 2014 edition of the Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance, we decided to pose a few questions about gender to our honorees. One of those questions became a theme: "Does gender matter in banking?" You'll find some of the responses here, and we invite you to share your thoughts. »

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Rodney Martin Jr., Voya Financial's chairman and CEO, said he has decided to oversee the Retirement Solutions division himself. As a result, Maliz Beams, the CEO of that division, has left the company. »
The head of Key's charitable foundation is lauded at American Banker's Most Powerful Women in Banking Gala for her role in improving educational opportunities for low-income and minority students in Cleveland. »

Debby Hopkins' team brings fresh ideas to Citigroup by thinking and acting like tech entrepreneurs. Her Citi Ventures unit is an outlier in that its top four executives are women.

Beth Mooney cares more about her legacy than she does about being the first female CEO at a top 20 U.S.-based bank. One of her primary goals is to make sure KeyCorp always does right by its customers.

Yellen's tenure as Fed chair could open more doors for women in the C-suite. It also sends a powerful message to younger generations: math and economics are cool.

After hearing that no local shelters could take female veterans with children, Linderman started her own charity called Veteran Mothers. The Zions First National Bank executive even got support from KISS and Def Leppard.

Sandy Pierce is a lifelong Detroit resident who has the chance to help her hometown in a way that few bankers ever get. The FirstMerit vice chairman leads the board overseeing the distressed city's turnaround plan.

A cancer diagnosis a few years ago got Cathy Bessant thinking about the legacy she hopes to create. So she accelerated a longtime plan to establish a scholarship for women in rural areas of Michigan, women with backgrounds just like hers.

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