Patricia "Patti" Husic
President and CEO, Centric Bank
Patti Husic runs a community bank with just $305 million of assets, but she has outsized influence in Pennsylvania. Thanks to strong organic loan growth, her Centric Bank added 14 new employees last year even as many other banks were struggling to generate enough new loans to cover higher expenses. And outside of the bank, Husic has emerged as the state's leading advocate for advancing the careers of female bankers. While serving as chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association her one-year stint ended in July Husic created a Women in Banking initiative that aims to get more women in executive roles through a series of training programs and networking events. The initiative generated considerable buzz on social media, and Husic takes satisfaction every time she hears from a woman who sees the potential to become a CEO. "Many women have written to me, sharing how much they value my journey to CEO and how much hope they have now," Husic says. "They now see themselves in this role."