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Outstanding Women 2022: Emily Abbas

Emily Abbas’ career at Bankers Trust could be best described as prolific. The marketing professional, hired by the Des Moines-based bank as its first chief of staff in 2014, was promoted to chief marketing and communications officer within her first six months on the job. [Continue]

Balance career planning with flexibility, urges DCI leader

As the first female president of core provider DCI, Sarah Fankhauser has a lot of advice to offer those rising up through their careers, men and women alike. Fankhauser’s story begins with a college job at a DCI customer bank where she realized her passion for banking. [Continue]

Outstanding Women 2022: Jenny Provancher

Jenny Provancher has charted a steady course for The Equitable Bank in Wauwatosa, Wis., as it navigated a historical pandemic and a charter transformation. She has done so with an attention to detail and care for staff and customers which is truly exemplary, according to those who have worked with her. [Continue]

Outstanding Women 2022: Jan Mills

When Jan Mills was in grade school, she used to visit her grandfather, who would write down names and places for Jan to explore. Intellectually curious at even a young age, she would do the research and return with pages full of notes. Grandpa was so impressed he rewarded her with dollar bills. Flash forward to present day, and the fruit of the decades-ago exercise is a banker who respects the opportunity to learn and work with family, as well as a bank that supports education by offering cash to excelling students. [Continue]

Outstanding Women 2022: Julie Benedict

Julie Benedict wasn’t expecting to work in banking. In the late 1990s, the young mother had served in the South Dakota National Guard, graduated college, and was leading the human resources department at a rapidly-growing local casino.  [Continue]

Outstanding Women 2022: Amber Burge

Eleven years ago, Amber Burge saw the perfect opportunity. Executives of what is now Flatwater State Bank, aware of her marketing expertise and sensing an opportunity to develop the brand of their growing bank, approached her to offer a marketing gig. The opportunity to work at an ag-focused bank proved impossible for her to resist. [Continue]

Outstanding Women 2022: Ashley O’Neal

As a child, Ashley O’Neal loved to count out the money her father brought home before he turned it over to her mother to pay the bills. When she was looking for a post-college career destination, however, she didn’t initially consider banking. The image she had of the industry was that of one dominated by white men, and it took a recruiter in college to nudge her toward taking a job at a bank. [Continue]

Outstanding Women 2022: Rosa Rivera

Rosa Rivera has always been a trailblazer. Rivera, who emigrated from Mexico to the United States with her family in 1976 at the age of 13, became the first bilingual teller in the history of Garden City, Kan., as a senior in high school. Over the next four decades, Rivera established herself as a personable banker determined to help immigrants navigate the financial landscape of the United States, forging close relationships with customers and coworkers in the process. [Continue]

Outstanding Women 2022: Sherri Reagin

Growing up, Sherri Reagin saw firsthand what it meant to live a life in service to others. The preeminent example was set by her father, whom she described as “a good old-fashioned country doctor.” [Continue]

Outstanding Women 2022: Jamie Nelson

Jamie Nelson had been president and CEO of Farmers Security Bank in Washburn, N.D., for about a year when the bank’s owner, Jan Stroup, walked into her office one day in March of 2018 and made a simple announcement: “I’d like to sell you the bank.” [Continue]