VBA Women’s Mentorship Pilot Program Recap
December 2020-December 2021

Post Courtney Fleming Laurie Milligan

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As part of our overall diversity and inclusion efforts, the VBA created the Women’s Mentorship Program to assist our member banks with preparing the talented women within your banks for future senior leadership positions. Our research shows that women often don’t recognize their own talent and need someone to identify the potential for future success in leadership.

In this program, mentor/mentee pairs participated in a 10-month experience involving one-on-one interaction and discussion combined with training and regional networking opportunities.

This program will run again in 2021. More information will be available soon!

“This program was clearly well thought out and covered a variety of topics helpful to understanding the industry on a more strategic level. It also allowed the mentor/mentee pairs the opportunity to learn from each other and get to know each other better.” – 2020 Program Participant

2020 Program Components

  • Formal Mentor and Mentee Training In-Person at the VBA
  • Bi-Monthly Industry and Development Focus Themes
    • One-Hour Topical Webinars Presented by Industry Experts
    • Bi-Monthly Emails to Mentors and Mentees with:
      • Discussion Guides
      • Resources and Templates
      • Suggested Readings
  • Opening and Closing Events Hosted by the VBA

2020 Monthly Themes


Theme: Bank Financial Management
Guide: Michelle Crook, CFO | Bank of Botetourt


Theme: Career Planning/Development
Guide: Libby Dishner, Principal, Cresco Strategy, LLC


Theme: Coaching Conversations for Goal Setting & Problem Solving and  Feedback & Conflict
Guide: Libby Dishner, Cresco Strategy, LLC


Theme: Understanding Bank Management
Guide: Susan Still, former President & CEO, HomeTown Bank, and current board member, American National Bank


Theme: Confidence, Motivation and Resilience
Guide: Elizabeth Bentley, Verge Coaching

2020 Participating Banks

  • Atlantic Union Bank
  • American National Bank & Trust
  • Benchmark Community Bank
  • Chesapeake Bank
  • MainStreet Bank
  • Oak View National Bank
  • Old Point National Bank
  • Village Bank

Pilot Program Pictures