Banking and Financial Services has long been thought of as a male-dominated industry. At UMB, we’re focused on changing that perception, recognizing that many of our accomplishments as a company have been spearheaded by women.

One way UMB does this is through our Women’s Business Resource Group (BRG). This group is comprised of both men and women and works to elevate and empower women in our workplace. Recently, we asked members of the Women’s BRG to share some quotes from female leaders who inspire them.

  1. “It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” –Jackie Joyner-Kersee, athlete
    Submitted by Carla Green, VP/Line Finance Manager, St. Louis, MO
  2. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
    –Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM
    Submitted by Shelly Nischbach, EVP/Director of Strategic Programs-Personal Banking, Town and Country, MO
  3. “What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make heroes out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization.” – Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop
    Submitted by Vicky Hales, VP/Branch Manager III, Denver, CO
  4. “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” –Gina Carey, musical artist
    Submitted by Leigh Adams, VP/Senior Marketing Manager, Kansas City, MO
  5. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady
    Submitted by LaTasha Jacobs, Branch Manager, Lawrence, KS
  6. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”
    -Michelle Obama, former First Lady
    Submitted by Christine Graham, Trust Attorney II, Kansas City, MO
  7. “We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” –Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operation Officer of Facebook
    Submitted by Kristin Highfill, AVP/Branch Manager, Springfield, MO
  8. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you failed by default.” –J.K. Rowling, author
    Submitted by Maryna Marmilava, Fund Accountant III-Alt Investments, Chadds Ford, PA
  9. “Great leaders don’t set out to be leaders…they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role; always about the goal.” –Lisa Haisha, founder of The Soul Blazing Institute
    Submitted by Kelly Radford, AVP/Branch Manager, Springfield, MO
  10. “Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” –G.D. Anderson, author
    Submitted by Jessica Kraintz, Transaction Specialist II, Denver CO

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