Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Thoughtful Scribe

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Thoughtful Scribe

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Few remember it now, but in 1988, some eyebrows twitched when ABA hired Virginia Dean to join its Communications Group. She had worked 14 years for what was then the Independent Bankers Association of America, where her writings sometimes had ABA in the cross hairs. ABA's leadership recognized that talent is talent, however, and Dean, who goes by Ginny, used all of it--candor, wit, and insight--at her new employer for more than two decades.

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Her first column in ABA's old Bankers Weekly newspaper set the tone for the hundreds more she wrote. Characteristically she addressed the raised eyebrows head on and in the inimitable style that was popular among bankers: "To those who regard my conversion as in the same league with Christine Jorgensen's, let me report my discovery that the journey from IBAA's offices ... to ABA's, is really not so long a walk. Besides, I needed the exercise."

In another memorable turn of phrase, she said her job for ABA was to "call them as I see them," like "John Madden in pantyhose. …

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