2022-2023 VBA Women’s Mentorship Program
2022-2023 Women’s Mentorship Program Participants
By Friday, December 9, please complete this brief profile form.
November 30 – Opening Session
Setting the Stage
Mentor | Mentee Training
Creating Goals That Are Worthy of You
About the Speakers:
Jodi Flynn | Women Taking the Lead
Jodi Flynn is an executive leadership coach, podcaster, author, and speaker where she focuses on helping organizations support their women leaders to develop the skills needed to grow into and thrive in senior leadership. She is the host of the critically acclaimed Women Taking the Lead podcast, and an Amazon bestselling author with her book, Accomplished: How to Go from Dreaming to Doing. She is president of the board for The Maine Women’s Conference and has been featured in Entrepreneur and Forbes magazines. Jodi has spoken at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, the Women in Banking and Emerging Leaders Conferences, and Podcast Movement.
Susan Ralston | Old Point National Bank
Susan Ralston is the executive vice president and COO for Old Point National Bank. Before serving at Old Point, she served as the COO and SVP for the Virginia Division of Dollar Bank, a $11 billion multi-state bank. Prior to her bank’s merger with Dollar Bank, Susan served as president and CEO for Bank @lantec for over 22 years.
Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in business administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is a graduate of the American Banker Association’s Stonier Graduate school held at Georgetown University. Susan earned her professional coaching certification from Duquesne University’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.
Susan is a member of the International Coach Federation. She earned the Associate Certified Coach credential while founding and coaching at Ralston Coaching and Consulting. She was awarded the Cleveland Waltersdorf Award for Innovative Leadership in 2018 from Washington and Jefferson College. Inside Business Magazine selected Susan as one of the “Outstanding Women in Business” in Hampton Roads, Virginia in 2010.
Originally raised in Washington, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh area), Susan lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, Jim, and her 17- year-old son, Jacob.
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Dr. Jean Graves
Use the workbook (exercises taken directly from the book “Emotional Intelligence 2.0″ to help guide your discussions)
January/February Content Theme – Understanding Bank Management
Bank Financial Management Webinar: Part One
How to Tell the Story Your Bank’s Financials are Telling
Please Source These Before You Watch Part One:
- Your Bank’s Annual Report or Quarterly Financials
- Comparative Years of Data
- Audit Opinion
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 last year? (income statement)
- Will your Bank surpass that amount this year?
- 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
- Look Up the FOMC Meeting Dates for the upcoming year.
- Predict the FOMC decision for its next meeting.
- Ask your CFO what your bank’s budget assumption is for interest rates for the year.
- 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 Typically Not On Your Nightstand
- 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. (See VBA Mentorship Program Page)
Social Media Groups:
Industry: VBA Emerging Bank Leaders, ELEVATE
March Content Theme – Confidence & Motivation
March Videos from Elizabeth Bentley
- The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
- Mastering Your Inner Critic by Susan Brady
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
April Content Theme - Resiliency & Change
April Video from Elizabeth Bentley
- Bounce Forward: The Extraordinary Resilience of Leadership by Eileen T. Allison-Napolitano
- TEDx: Resilience, The Up Side of Down
- The Importance of Resilience with Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
- The Resilient Leader: The Critical Attribute That Helps Women in Leadership Rise
- What We Can Learn About Resilience from Female Leaders of the UN by Monique Valcour
- Emotional Resilience: The Attribute Helping Women Leaders Stand Out by EWF International
May/June Content Theme – Building Your Personal Brand
May/June Video from Delphia Howze
- My Brand Compass: The 13Cs to Building Your Personal Brand by Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid
- Telling Your Story, Building Your Brand: A Personal and Professional Playbook by Henry Wong
- Harvard Business Review: A New Approach to Building Your Personal Brand by Jill Avery & Rachel Greenwald
- 12 Inspirational Female Personal Brand Examples by Audrey Anderson
July/August Content Theme – Dealing with Conflict
VBA & Industry Communications & Resources
Virginia Banking Monthly