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Franklin Financial Network in Tennessee hit a roadblock in its plan to buy Civic Bank & Trust in Nashville, but that didn't stop Franklin from hiring away Civic's chief executive.

How Key Private Bank's CEO is looking to transform the business (hint: it has a lot to do with women); algorithms in hiring promise a new way to bring diversity to Wall Street; the CFPB has some work to do in improving its treatment of women and minorities. Plus, Blythe Masters talks blockchain and Merrill Lynch's Racquel Oden talks confidence.

Study of financial services offers grim outlook for gender parity, as Patti Husic and Katia Bouazza talk about where change really begins; Maria Vullo vows to forge her own identity as New York's banking watchdog (sans boots); and male CEOs talk about how they maintain work-life balance. Plus, the significance of women wearing pants ( … if not boots).

New York senators approved Vullo Wednesday as the superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, a year after the exit of the last permanent superintendent.

The $3.2 billion-asset Park Sterling announced this week that it will hire four commercial and industrial bankers from the $2.3 billion-asset CommunityOne Bancorp to help expand its commercial banking team in the Charlotte metropolitan area.

Never mind gender parity – just having executive committees consisting 30% of women is still a long way off for the financial services industry, according to a new study.

U.S. Bancorp in Minneapolis said Terry Dolan will become its chief financial officer on Aug. 1. Dolan currently serves as vice chairman of wealth management and securities services.

Bank of America's Cathy Bessant talks about the marriage of banking and technology and former Countrywide executive Rebecca Mairone reflects on being one the few people in the industry to face criminal charges in the wake of the financial crisis. Also, could there be an all-female presidential ticket? Now that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, some wonder if Elizabeth Warren would consider being her running mate.

Carolyn Berkowitz stepped down as president of that Capital One Foundation in McLean, Va., in late April to pursue other opportunities, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Throw Cathy Bessant of Bank of America a question about a hot tech topic, and she's got answers. Blockchain? She loves it but is still waiting for its use case. Patents? The law is making us be aggressive. Swift? A call to action. And that's just the start.

Mandatory arbitration policies are gaining attention as one of the hurdles to gender parity in the financial services industry. Catherine Flax of BNP Paribas is part of a vanguard of female foreign currency traders on Wall Street, though they still stand out in the "bros' club." Is the CFO role the new 'women's' job? Also, Ally's Carrie Sumlin and Wells Fargo's Secil Watson are recognized as Digital Bankers of the Year.

The $3.8 billion-asset company said in a press release Thursday that Lynne Fox will succeed Noel Beasley, who decided to step down after retiring from the Workers United union.

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