Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Taylor's Stature Grows during 16 Years in Banking / Male-Dominated Field

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Taylor's Stature Grows during 16 Years in Banking / Male-Dominated Field

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Corporate Woman of the Year for 1988 joined her company right after college graduation, never working any place else.

After those 16 years, her career epitomizes the professional woman who has steadily increased her stature and responsibility within her corporation and within her personal life.

That woman is Alison Taylor, senior vice president, manager of the natural resources division of Liberty National Bank and Trust Co. Commercial Banking Department, which is responsible for credit relating to or affiliated with the energy industry.

A Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Oklahoma where she took hr bachelor's degree in economics, Taylor knew she wanted to be in the field of banking, but she never thought about the area of energy, normally a field dominated by men.

"My training was in commercial lending, but when I returned to the bank in 1981 after a maternity leave, an opening in the energy lending department developed," she said. "I accepted it to fill in until they found a man but I found I liked it and I just stayed in that department.

"Energy lending was not a planned step in my career path but the opportunity came and I took advantage of it.

"Too often, women tend to be not as risk oriented (as men). Sometimes they're a little critical of their own abilities to take on new challenges," Taylor said, adding that this can hold them back. "Women must be realistic about life and make choices - even maybe the choice to say no."

Taylor noted that she had seen plateaus in the course of her, "especially at times when I had my children, but I've been able to maximize what I learned as I went along in these 16 years of banking.

"Women will find a ready acceptance in the area of financial services, such as counseling, lending, trust," said Taylor, who considers herself a role model at Liberty. "Opportunities in banking are fewer, but women have a lot of natural ability when it comes to criteria in the financial community. Normally, women have good people skills and banking is service oriented.

"A goal is not necessarily a job or a position," she hastened to say. "I'm in a place to make a meaningful contribution to economic stability and to quality of life.

"If I have a five-year goal, it's to be able to look at the period from 1988 to 1992 and feel I've made a contribution to the improvement of community life and business recovery."

Her husband, Zach, is executive director of the Association of Central Oklahma Governments.

"Obviously, my husband, Zach, is committed to my career as I am committed to his career," she said. …

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