Aileen Zec, 2020 New England Women in Banking Winner

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Aileen Zec

Senior Vice President and COO
North Easton Savings Bank

How did you get into this field? What keeps you motivated to stay?

I started my career auditing Banks and was hired part time by a client to manage their accounting department. This arrangement afforded me the luxury of having time to spend with my young children and advance my career at the same time. I still feel incredibly lucky to have had that flexibility. I am extremely grateful for that opportunity, the best part about it is that I love what I do. I take a lot of pride in what I do and I derive a great amount of satisfaction from the work that we do at the Bank, both for our customers and in our community.

Have you had any great female mentors? What is the importance of mentoring and is this something that you focus on?

I can think of two professional female mentors, an accounting professor I had while at Simmons College and my boss while working at the audit firm. I was exposed to both of them early on in my career and they showed me that it was possible to be compassionate, professional, and perform with high standards. Mentoring is a huge part of my responsibility here at the Bank. Fostering a relationship of mutual respect, teaching by example, encouraging people to be creative and go out of their comfort zone, offering my advice… are all things I strive to be good at every day.

What is your favorite movie? Why?

My favorite movie is a tie between The Town and The Departed. I love gritty Boston movies, especially when the actors have genuine Boston accents.

What do you consider your greatest success?

I consider my most rewarding success to be when I get to see someone at the Bank grow, expand their role, and flourish. I am very passionate about what I do and when I see someone else with that same passion, getting the same satisfaction out of their work here at the Bank, that is a success story. I am also satisfied when I see the positive impact the Bank has in the community. Making a difference for a customer or a local organization is truly what it is all about.

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