Barbara Desoer, newly named president of consumer real estate at Bank of America, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Black Tie gala celebrating The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking. The gala will be held at The Plaza on October 20, 2008.

In conjunction with the gala, The 25 MPWIB also hosts a National Leadership Workshop for senior women in financial services, also at The Plaza. Karen Peetz, CEO of Issuer, Treasury, Broker-Dealer and Hedge Fund Services at The Bank of New York Mellon, and Nina DiSesa, chairman of McCann Erickson New York, will each deliver a keynote at the National Leadership Workshop.

Registration for the National Leadership Workshop is required (25 MPWIB honorees are guests of US Banker); non-honorees must be svp or higher to participate in this closed-door thought-leadership program. Attendance is $750 per person. Seating is limited, so reserve your space early.

Information on all 25 MPWIB events—including The Mentor Factor Regional Leadership Workshops in San Francisco on September 25 and in Charlotte on October 1—can be found at If you have questions, please contact Holly Sraeel at 212.803.8637 or

For information on becoming a sponsor of The 25 MPWIB, please contact Wendy Liles, head of business development, at 212.803.8335 or or David Cleworth, publisher, at 813.929.6907 or

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