On Nov. 1, 2019, the Washington Bankers Association hosted the 14th annual Women in Banking Conference at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

This was an exciting conference as more than 200 women working in every level of the Washington and Oregon banking industry gathered together to gain insight into the industry and share experiences.

DFI Division of Banks Director Roberta Hollinshead attended the conference along with the other women from the Division management team.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Sound Community Bank and the current Chairman of the American Bankers Association, Laurie Stewart, gave us great insight and spoke about her successful journey.

She also led a panel of women representing a huge variety of financial and banking positions including an economist, banking consultant, American Bankers Association policy maker, Federal Reserve Bank executive, and even a Chief Vegetable Officer (Executive at Tom Douglas Restaurants).

The Conference stressed that trends to improve the representation of women in senior executive roles and serving on boards of directors are moving in a positive direction, though additional improvements are necessary to bring more balance to leadership teams.

The Conference was designed to offer participants an understanding that success can be achieved at any level given the right tools and knowledge.

Women in Banking Conference