The tone at our recent gala celebrating the industry's most powerful women was set, and wonderfully so, by the 6-year-old daughter of Wells Fargo executive Julie Caperton. "I want to be a banker!" Francesca Caperton exclaimed in a video screened at the start of the dinner.

Her enthusiasm was echoed by JPMorgan Chase's Mary Callahan Erdoes, No. 1 on our Finance list, who spoke of her resolute pride in both her industry and her embattled firm.

Later, KeyCorp's Beth Mooney, No. 1 on our Banking list, offered her advice to "the daughters" of banking, and reminded the industry's senior women of their responsibility as role models and as leaders. "We have an extra obligation to do it well," she said.



The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance: Gala

When: Oct. 10

Where: New York

For: The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking, the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance, the 25 Women to Watch, Top Teams, and colleagues from across the industry

Attendees: 675

Key themes:

* The impact, and special obligations, of women in leadership positions

* Advice to our daughters

Host: American Banker

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