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About the 2019 Women in Banking Awards

Now in its 17th 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: Rosemary Berkery of UBS, Barbara Byrne of Barclays and Maureen "Mo" Wilkinson of HarborOne.

And here are links to coverage of the Top Teams in Banking: JPMorgan Chase, TD Bank, BMO Financial, Zions Bancorp., and Old National Bank.

2019 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.

(Please note that the links have been disabled because the application period is closed.)

  • All three lists — banking, finance and watch — share a common application. Please submit only one application per individual. Individual applications are due by Tuesday, May 14, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Begin individual application here.
  • Women honored in 2018 may opt to complete a short-form application by the same due date as above. (This is an option, not a requirement; returning 2018 honorees may submit an entirely new standard application if they wish.) Begin short-form application here.
  • There is a separate application for the Top Teams in Banking. Team applications are due by Tuesday, May 21, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Begin the team application here.
  • We strongly encourage nominations to our annual special awards for Lifetime Achievement and Community Impact. Special award applications are due Wednesday, May 29, 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 here. (Note: Do not submit PDF applications; only submissions collected through the online system will be considered.)

Event and Sponsorship Information

The 2019 honorees will be celebrated at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, Oct. 3. For information about attending or sponsoring, please contact Meghan Rath at

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