Hershey, Pa. – In celebration of the diversity and strength of Pennsylvania’s banking industry, the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PA Bankers) honored four professionals with the Women in Banking Recognition of Excellence Program awards today at the sixth annual Women in Banking Conference at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, attended by more than 350 bankers and financial services professionals.
“The PA Bankers’ Women in Banking initiative is an important testament to the power and commitment to excellence of women in the banking industry and provides invaluable opportunities for networking and professional development,” said Angie Sargent, senior executive vice president and chief information officer at Fulton Financial Corporation, and the association’s Women in Banking Advisory Committee chair. “The women we recognize today are leaders who invigorate their communities through mentoring and volunteering, and we are proud that each of them promotes and inspires other women to excel in the workplace.”
Conference attendees represented a diverse cross-section of roles within banks and financial services firms of all sizes. Led by the Women in Banking Advisory Committee, they form the association’s Women in Banking Network and conduct regional activities, such as financial literacy programs with the Girl Scouts, in addition to attending the conference each year.
“I salute each of our honorees and all the members of the association who nurture and support their success. Through the Women in Banking initiative and this Recognition of Excellence Program, we build a stronger banking industry, highlight the dynamic diversity of talent at our banks and financial services institutions, and create vitality in Pennsylvania’s communities,” added Duncan Campbell, PA Bankers President & CEO.
The association received 33 nominations for its Women in Banking Recognition of Excellence program. The categories and winners include:
- The Patricia A. Husic Woman of Influence Award: Jeane M. Vidoni, president & CEO, Penn Community Bank, Perkasie, Pa.
Jeane is celebrated for demonstrating courage, ethics, and values in her professional leadership. She is undeniably enthusiastic in furthering the industry, her institution, and the communities in which she lives and works. Jeane is driven to succeed and to help others achieve their dreams and professional goals.
- Champion for Women Award (Affiliate Member): Linda Anderson, managing partner and brand strategist, Anderson Group, Sinking Spring, Pa.
Linda is recognized for her outstanding commitment to investing and fostering the growth of other women in the profession. She dedicates herself to training, coaching, mentoring and leading others to reach their fullest potential, and to celebrate the success of others along their professional paths.
- Champion for Women Award: Genevieve Oduor, vice president & business development officer, and community banking manager, S&T Bank, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Genevieve is honored for fostering growth of others to their fullest potential and continuously promoting and inspiring her fellow women in the workplace. She demonstrates personal commitment and coaches, develops, mentors and trains others to achieve success and give back to their communities.
- Tomorrow’s Promise Award: Kelly M. Carter, senior vice president, comptroller, The Gratz Bank, Gratz, Pa.
Kelly is recognized as a woman age 35 or younger who is “one to watch” in the banking industry. She shapes her organization, not just through financial success, but also inspiring others with her community involvement and contributions to the team’s endeavors.
“Everyone involved in this initiative helps build the female banking leaders of the future and empowers us to achieve our industry’s mission of inclusiveness and opportunity for all,” said Sargent.
The conference also included guest speakers, FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams; Secretary Robin L. Wiessmann, Pa. Department of Banking and Securities; Sharon Melnick, Ph.D., CFO, Horizon Point, Inc.; Karen Shattuck, principal, Global Financial Markets & co-founder Impact Investing, Korn Ferry; and Maria Contreras-Sweet, CEO, Contreras-Sweet Enterprises.
Sponsors of the conference were PNC, FHLBank Pittsburgh, Fulton Financial Corporation, S.R. Snodgrass; and cosponsors PA Bankers Services Corporation, Stevens & Lee, Griffin Financial Group LLC and L.R. Webber & Associates, Inc. The Women in Banking Recognition of Excellence Program was sponsored by Schneider Downs & Co. and Pillar + Aught, LLC.
Conference attendees donated shoes and purses to Dress for Success of South Central Pa.