2019 VBA Women’s Mentorship Pilot Program

Internal Links

Bi-Monthly Themes

Special Edition

Brene Brown: Unlocking Us Podcast

Episode 1: Brené on FFTs - (note: the first F of FFTs is an expletive)

Episode 4: Brené on Comparative Suffering, the 50/50 Myth and Settling the Ball

VBA Benefits Corporation Resources

Anthem Employee Assistance Program Website

Keep Calm and Carry On: Maintaining Composure During COVID-19


Career Planning/Development Video | Slides

Please Download and Print The Workbook Below Before you Watch the Video:

Career Planning/Development: Direction Resources

Career Planning/Development: Strengths Resources

Career Planning/Development: Skills and Education Resources

Career Planning/Development: Engagement and Networking Opportunities


Bank Financial Management Webinar Part One: How To Tell the Story Your Bank’s Financials are Telling | Slides

Please Source These Before You Watch Part One:

  • Your Bank’s Annual Report or Quarterly Financials
  • Comparative Years of Data
  • Audit Opinion

Part One Action Items:

  • Read the letter to shareholders from your CEO and determine the following:
  • What is your Bank’s total assets? (balance sheet)
  • How much money did your Bank make in 2018? (income statement)
  • Will your Bank surpass that amount in 2019
  • What percent are your loans growing?
  • What percent are your deposits growing?

Bank Financial Management Webinar Part Two: How to Read the Story of Fed Policy, Economic Climate and Politics | Slides

Part Two Action Items:

  • Look Up the FOMC Meeting Dates for 2020
  • Predict the FOMC decision for January 29-30
  • Ask your CFO if your bank’s 2020 budget is based on rate increases or rate cuts (or rates staying the same)
  • Ask if you can attend a portion of an ALCO meeting to hear about the interest rate impacts

Bank Financial Management Webinar Part Three: How to Learn the Story of Your Bank…With Readings Not Typically on Your Nightstand | Slides

Part Three Action Items:

  • Ask your Mentor for list of industry resources & reading materials
  • Ask admired co-workers for industry reading suggestions
  • Find out resources such as subscriptions to VBA, ABA publications, and others sources such as online newspapers, etc.

General Glossary of Investment Terms – Investopedia

TED Talks

The Girl Banker Social Media Group

VBA Emerging Bank Leaders

VBA Benefits Corporation

Tom Barkin Speech: Is a Recession Around the Corner?

The Federal Reserve Today

Mentor and Mentee Training

Libby Dishner Mentor Training Presentation Slides

Links from Presentation:

Kat Cole Knows How to Stay Positive and Let Go of Failures

Make the Most of Mentoring Meetings

Identification and Development of Mentors

The Secret to Getting Feedback You Can Actually Use

Libby Dishner Mentee Training Presentation Slides

Links from Presentation: 

Kat Cole Knows How to Stay Positive and Let Go of Failures

Make the Most of Mentoring Meetings

Identification and Development of Mentors

Setting the Stage Presentation Slides

Lean-In Cards

Korn Ferry Study

Korn Ferry and Conference Board Webcast

McKinsey Women in the Workplace 2019 Study

General Resources


Empathy by Brene Brown

Amy Cuddy Ted Talk


Kick-Off/Commitment Worksheet

Developing Your Core Values

Values List

Wheel and Facets of Life


Five Questions Every Mentor Must Ask

What Mentors Wish


VBA Executive Brief

ABA Newsbytes

ABA Banking Journal Podcast

Virginia Banking Magazine and eNewsletter