It was a night of restrained optimism, understated New York glitz, and a smattering of angst, but camaraderie trumped competition Monday night at U.S. Banker's 6th annual gala toasting The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking, which drew 500 guests to The Plaza. Some of the industry's heaviest hitters came out to see, be seen, and compare notes from the field at a time when capitalism itself seems to ride on shifting shoals.

JPMorgan Chase's Heidi Miller, CEO of Treasury and Securities Services, took advantage of a full house to underscore how important it is for women in the industry to create a unified front. "These are difficult times, and we face extraordinary circumstances in our industry and in our nation," said Ms. Miller, who was ranked number one by U.S. Banker for the second year in a row.

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