Event Recap

More Than 200 Attend New England Women in Banking

Professionals from across the region attended the 8th annual New England Women in Banking in Newport, Rhode Island

Keith Griffin

March 4, 2020

A presenter gives her speech at New England Women in Banking Conference

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Sandra J. Pattie Distinguished Leadership Awards to Gilda M. Nogueira, president of CEO of East Cambridge Savings Bank, and Cynthia C. Merkle, president and CEO of Union Savings Bank. Both women were greeted with standing ovations when accepting their awards. They were honored for their significant contributions to banking and the personal examples they have set for women in banking throughout their careers.

One of the focal points of the conference was the morning keynote address by Roxann C. Cooke, Consumer & Wealth Mgmt. Regional Director, Chase Bank. Her inspirational talk touched on growing up in Jamaica, sometimes having no shoes to wear to school, and her rise to a top position in banking. She said her professional ascent was made possible by mentors like Cynthia Merkle.

Donna Brazile, political strategist and former chair of the Democratic National Committee, gave the closing keynote presentation. Her humor-filled talk focused on getting women involved in politics, whether it involves running for office or volunteer to serve on boards and commissions. She inspired the audience to embrace their political potential.

Other speakers at the event were Dr. Lindsey Piegza, Chief Economist, Managing Director, Stifel Financial Corp.; Darla Day, Aerialist, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist; Karen Kirchner, Ellen Keithline Byrne and Denise D'Agostino of Her New Standard; and Mary Kay Scully, Trainer, Consultant, Genworth Mortgage Insurance Co.

The conference kicked off with a cocktail party on Thursday evening, presented by American Business Media and Banking New England.

Women in Banking was presented by Data Facts and sponsored by Birchwood Credit Services Inc.

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