KeyCorp's Beth Mooney Is Looking Out for Her Legacy

Beth Mooney, who repeats as this year's Most Powerful Woman in Banking, says one of her primary goals is to make sure KeyCorp always does right by its customers.

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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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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.

As CEO of NorthStar Asset Management, Julie Goodridge is pushing companies to adopt more socially responsible policies. But her biggest impact has been on public policy: it's her lawsuit that led to gay marriage becoming legal in the U.S.

Through her work with NATO, Lisa Pollina came to appreciate the skills and dedication of the men and women in the U.S. military. As vice chairman of RBC Capital Markets, she is spearheading a program to help transition them into jobs in the financial services industry.

As M&T Bank's chief information officer, Michele Trolli is leading an overhaul of its anti-money laundering systems. She also has a sideline in finding homes for orphaned polar bears.

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