Episode 2: Christine Benoit of Farmers State Bank gives advice to her 25 year-old self

PWR Peer Group Meeting Notes

The PWR Peer Group holds conference call meetings two or three times a year to discuss professional development topics. Click here to read the notes from past meetings. Please note: a member bank login is required to view the peer group meeting notes page.

What You're Saying About PWR – Professional Women Revitalized!

  • "This is wonderful. I appreciate so much that LBA recognizes the need to motivate and encourage women in this industry...Thank you for the motivation and inspiration!"  
  • I would LOVE to join the PWR Peer Group!!
  • “This is such a great opportunity for women in the banking industry, and I sincerely appreciate LBA for offering it!”

Helpful Documents

Click on the links below to download the document.

ICBA Independent Banker article by Julie Kendrick, "4 banking histories that read like fiction " (posted 8/24/19)

ABA Banking Journal article "Women Rising" by Kerry O’Leary (posted 8/27/18)

JMFA article, "How to Prepare for & Ace an Interview, Part 1" (posted 5/21/18)

JMFA article, "How to Prepare for & Ace an Interview, Part 2" (posted 5/21/18)

SB Wellness Group Newsletter (May 2018) (posted 5/1/18)

Mentoring Program Document (posted 3/19/18)

Mentor/Mentee Agreement (posted 3/19/18)

Mentoring Action Plan (posted 3/19/18)

"You Can't Talk Enough About Your Company Values" by Joe Scarlett 

Helpful Resources

Educational Tools for Emerging Leaders

ABA has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business to offer three new leadership certificate programs in an accessible and cost-effective online format. Click here for more information.

Podcast: How Emerging Community Bank Leaders Are Building Their Careers

A lawyer and a professional baseball player walk into a bank.... No, it’s not a joke--it’s the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast. Emily Gray graduated from law school, and Blake Taylor began his working life as a minor-league baseball player, but both of them ended up building successful careers in community banking. Gray is now senior credit officer at Hardin County Bank, Savannah, Tenn., and Taylor is an SVP and commercial real estate lender at Southern First Bank in Columbia, S.C. They are chair and vice chair, respectively, of ABA’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Board, and on the podcast they discuss how rising leaders in banking can develop their careers and position themselves to succeed. Click here to go to the ABA Banking Journal article. Click here to listen to this episode. (posted 6/21/18)  

Simon Sinek's Resources
Simon Sinek is an author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant who has some pretty cool things to say. Click here to check out one of his videos. He also has a new book out called Together is Better which he says will inspire readers to ask for help, help others and discover their own courage.  

October 2019

Q & A with LBA's Chairman-Elect Carly Leonards of JD Bank 

Carly serves as LBA's Chairman-Elect for the 2019-2020 term, which puts her in line to serve as the first female chairman for LBA next year. Below she tells us about her favorite thing about working in banking and something bankers don’t know about LBA but should. First, though, take a look at her impressive CV:

  • Started her career in banking at Calcasieu Marine National Bank 24 years ago.
  • Began working for JD Bank 21 years ago, where she currently serves as Chief Banking Officer.
  • Past banking positions include Consumer Lender, Commercial Lender, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
  • Education credentials include a Degree in Finance from McNeese State University, Wharton Leadership Certification from ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking and Certified Public Accountant designation.
  • Named 2016 Southwest Economic Development Alliance Established Business Woman of the Year and is a Past President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana and Past President and Treasurer of Jennings Kiwanis Club.   

Q & A with Carly Leonards

LBA: What is one way bankers could get more involved in LBA?

Leonards: A great way bankers can become involved in LBA is to participate in the annual Bankers Day at the State Capitol. It is a unique experience working with other bankers and our LBA staff to support positive change to the industry, as well as to stop potentially harmful legislation. I went once and was hooked! Senior bankers can introduce rising stars to this experience and that would be beneficial to both the banker and our industry.

LBA: What is something about LBA that bankers don’t know but should?

Leonards: There are 300+ in person and webinar training opportunities offered each year for everything in banking. The LBA’s line up of education is first class!

LBA: What is your favorite thing about working in banking?

Leonards: Seeing people rise! As a banker, nothing is more gratifying than aiding in the success of small businessesthe life blood of our communities. As a manager, my favorite thing is to see my staff rise up and succeed. When my staff are challenged to solve a problem and they exhibit creativity and give back more than expected, we all win!