MBA’s Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance to Host 3rd Annual Conference

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Conference will feature keynote speakers Brenda Frese and Tory Johnson; Conference to conclude the Council’s 2015 Philanthropy Initiative with Girl Scouts in Maryland

Maryland Bankers Association’s (MBA) Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance will host its 2015 Annual Conference on Thursday, May 7 at Martin’s West in Baltimore. The full-day conference brings together more than 350 professionals across the mid-Atlantic region and will feature keynote speakers, University of Maryland Women’s Basketball head coach, Brenda Frese, and ABC’s Good Morning America weekly contributor, Tory Johnson.

The conference has grown year-over-year in attendance, attracting professionals from several industries seeking personal and professional development, including banking and finance, education, insurance and retail. This year’s conference theme, “emPOWERment: Learn from the past…be inspired by the present…release POWER into the future,” promotes the Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance’s mission to encourage, empower and inspire women to reach their goals in banking and finance careers through ongoing education, personal and professional development, innovative programs and activities, and opportunities for mentorship.

In addition to keynote speakers, attendees will hear from public speaking coach and strategic communications consultant, Ruth Sherman, on how to unleash one’s inner charisma. The interactive panel discussion, “Pathways to Success,” will showcase inspirational industry leaders from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Goodwin Procter LLP, Sandy Spring Bank and Howard Bank.

“With attendance numbers exceeding last year’s annual conference by 14 percent, we are overwhelmed by the enthusiastic involvement of a growing number of women banking and finance leaders as well as those who are champions for women,” said MBA President and CEO Kathleen Murphy. “We applaud their commitment to continuously improving their personal and professional goals."

In alignment with the conference theme of empowerment, the event will mark the conclusion of the Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance’s 2015 Philanthropy Initiative in support of Girl Scouts in Maryland. Since March 2, 27 participating banks and organizations across Maryland have pledged donations to “15 for 15 emPOWER for a Purpose,” to provide vital support for Girl Scout programming in Maryland. These donations will help avail opportunities that are most needed to support girls in low-income communities. Several senior Girl Scouts will be given the opportunity to shadow a member of the Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance’s advisory board and attend the 2015 Annual Conference.

The 2015 Annual Conference will take place May 7, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Martin’s West in Baltimore. Conference sponsors include:

  •     M&T Bank
  •     Wells Fargo Bank
  •     Frederick County Bank
  •     Capital One Bank
  •     Bank of America
  •     Thomas Compliance Associates, Inc.
  •     Maryland Title Center
  •     The Steve Peroutka Law Group, P.A.
  •     Chesapeake Bank of Maryland
  •     First United Bank & Trust
  •     Woodsboro Bank
  •     Atlantic Community Bankers Bank
  •     Community Bank of the Chesapeake
  •     Damascus Community Bank
  •     Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
  •     Howard Bank
  •     Middletown Valley Bank
  •     Sandy Spring Bank
  •     The Columbia Bank
  •     The Harbor Bank of Maryland

For questions or additional information on the Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance,visit MBA's website or contact Cindy Gentilcore at 443-837-1602 or by email at Please direct all media inquiries and requests to Josie Hankey at 410-420-2001, 443-807-0804 on conference day, or by email at josie(dot)hankey(at)fallstongroup(dot)com.

About Maryland Bankers Association
Founded in 1896, the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) is the only Maryland-based trade group representing banks in the state. MBA’s member banks employ more than 40,000 banking professionals and hold 99 percent of the FDIC insured deposits in Maryland in nearly 1,700 branch offices. MBA serves its members as a legislative and regulatory advocate at all levels of government, as the public relations voice for the industry, as a provider of professional education to members, and as a promoter of financial education to the community. To learn more about MBA, visit, like MBA on Facebook, or follow @MarylandBankers on Twitter.

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