Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Writing the Next Chapter: Helping Women Bankers to "Make the Ask"-And Get What's Asked For

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Writing the Next Chapter: Helping Women Bankers to "Make the Ask"-And Get What's Asked For

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TODAY, PATRICIA HUSIC IS PRESIDENT AND CEO at $304 million-assets Centric Bank, chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, and a member of ABA's Community Bankers Council. But years ago, at an earlier bank, she was a hungry young manager who saw that IT challenged her institution badly. Believing she could improve things, she presented a business plan to management and took on the task. So well did things turn out that management named her CIO. It also marked the start of being known as a turnaround expert.

Husic doesn't consider her abilities unique. Women bankers often take on tough tasks and succeed, she says. But they frequently fail to sell themselves, and rarely "make the ask," as she puts it, when opportunities for advancement open. Husic says women frequently see making such requests as incompatible with being a team player. Many simply labor on, hoping their work will be recognized.

While some women have made it into banking's C-suite, Husic says women continue to be underrepresented in management. Just look around the typical senior-level bankers conference, she says.

As Husic advanced in the state association's leadership, she pushed for an event that would help promote issues concerning women in banking and also promote women's participation in association events. She believes networking will help women advance.

In March, PBA held its first Women In Banking Conference, featuring a selection of women speakers holding senior positions in banking, business, law, and media. …

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