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About the 2020 Women in Banking Awards

Now in its 18th year, American Banker's Women in Banking program recognizes women in four categories: the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking, the 25 Most Powerful Women to Watch; the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance; and the Top Teams in Banking. We also bestow two special awards each year, for Lifetime Achievement and Community Impact.

Here are links to previous coverage of Lifetime Achievement and Community Impact honorees: LeeAnne Linderman of Zions Bancorp., Barbara Desoer of Citibank, and Sally McCrady of PNC Financial.

And here are links to coverage of the Top Teams in Banking: Citigroup, U.S. Bancorp, BMO Financial, Zions Bancorp., and Centric Financial.

2020 Application Instructions and Links

Applicants must be employed by a private sector financial services firm to qualify. This includes banks and firms involved in nonbank finance, such as asset managers and investment banks.

Applications may be submitted through our secure online system only. We recommend gathering all material offline first, and then cutting and pasting answers directly into the online form. But partially completed submissions may be saved in the system until ready to submit.

  • All three lists — banking, finance and watch — share a common application. Please submit only one application per individual. To better accommodate COVID-19 constraints, individual applications have been divided into two parts with a much later deadline than usual for the final submission. The adjustments to the process and the extended deadline are meant to lighten the load for all, so returning honorees and new applicants can use the same form this year. The short part one portion is due by Friday, May 29, at 11:59 p.m. EST, with part two not due until Friday, June 12, at 1 p.m. EST. Begin individual application here.
  • There is a separate application for the Top Teams in Banking. Team applications are due by Wednesday, June 17, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Begin the team application here.
  • We strongly encourage nominations for our annual special awards in honor of Lifetime Achievement and Community Impact. Special award applications are due Friday, June 5, at 11:59 p.m. EST. To get started, please email American Banker executive editor Bonnie McGeer at

For those interested in previewing the applications offline, PDFs are posted here. (Note: Do not submit PDF applications; only submissions collected through the online system will be considered.)

Event and Sponsorship Information

The 2020 honorees will be celebrated at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, Oct. 15. For information about attending or sponsoring, please contact Meghan Rath at

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