Women in Banking
"Go Instead Where There is No Path & Leave a Trail"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
From the very first meeting in 2006, the Women in Banking committee has grown from 14 business women meeting at Chevy's for lunch to a powerful group of 80 to 1200 bankers, consultants, marketers and business owners from around the Valley. The venue has changed but at the heart of it, the Women in Banking Committee is about bringing the finance and business community together for networking, education, and an exchange of ideas. Don't let the committee name fool you, the WIB is open to everyone and men are encouraged to attend. The truth is, women lean on relationship building with respect to business; and relationship building is the focus of the group.
Luncheons begin with 50 minutes of networking, and seriously, the room buzzes with connectivity. Attendees are encouraged to visit vendors and definitely encouraged to buy raffle tickets. All proceeds from raffle sales go towards our efforts to support Fresh Start. Lunch is served at noon. Lunch begins with announcements, and is rounded out with industry information; useful information bankers, financial folks, and businesses can use and apply in the current economic environment.
The Women in Banking Committee is organized by a leadership team. Members of the leadership team organize presentation topics, luncheon venue, reach out to the community, gather vendors, sponsors and build attendance. The leadership team is an elite group of dedicated women worth their weight in gold to make the WIB every bit of the successful organization it is today.
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Don't let the name fool you, men are invited and encouraged to attend luncheons.
Women in Banking luncheons are scheduled quarterly: January, April, July, and October.
You need not be a member of the RMA to attend the luncheon.
The Women in Banking Ornament Exchange has become an annual event and is scheduled in December.
Vendor tables are inexpensive, and the leadership team makes great effort to find ways to drive traffic to vendors.
Quarterly luncheon costs are economical, considering the opportunity to meet like minded networkers, and valley business professionals.
Proceeds from the WIB events benefit Fresh Start and our sponsorship of the annual Fresh Start Fashion Gala.