Women bankers should have enough confidence to take on added duties or create their own opportunities as they look to advance their careers.

Such ambition could include seeking leadership and networking openings outside their banks by joining boards of nonprofits or other firms, panelists told attendees at the American Bankers Association's annual women's leadership forum. The panel of female bankers said their forays into leadership began with volunteerism, eventually expanding into involvement with bank trade associations.

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