2019 VBA Women’s Mentorship Pilot Program

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Closing Event

November 18, 2020 | 2pm-4pm | Zoom Link

Closing Event Agenda

Bi-Monthly Themes



Video: Confidence

Book: The Confidence Code by Kathy Kay and Claire Shipman

Book: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Book: Mastering Your Inner Critic by Susan Brady

Podcast: Live Brave with Margie Warrell  

Video: Motivation

TED Talks

Book: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Magazine: Motivation Magazine

Book: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Blog Post: Team Motivation

Video: Resilience

Website: The American Psychological Association on Resilience

Website: Inspiring Stories of Resiliency on the Option B website

Book: Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Book: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Article: Your “Surge Capacity” is Depleted- It’s Why You Feel Awful


Video: Susan Still Interview on Understanding Bank Management


Video: Coaching Conversations for Goal Setting & Problem Solving & Feedback and Conflict

Coaching Conversations Slides

ARIA Handout

GROUP Handout

From Grow to Group

Executive Coaching as a Transfer of Training Tool


Mentor Questions for Consideration

Mentee Questions for Consideration

Libby Dishner’s Grit Slides

Revised Program Schedule Slides

Re-Set Session Recording Password: %^tCf01K

New Schedule

  • July 23, 2020:  Program Re-set
  • August 14, 2020:  Content release of Coaching/Conflict Resolution, guided by Libby Dishner
  • September 14, 2020:  Content release of Understanding Bank Management, guided by Susan Still
  • October 14, 2020:  Content release of Confidence, Motivation and Resiliency, guided by Donna Highfill
  • November 18, 2020:  Closing Event

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