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Women in Conversation

Leadership is at the heart of our success


From left to right: Camille Kazarian, EVP and Chief Financial Officer, Bridget Doherty, Owner - Encore Events and Board Member, Genie Del Secco,

EVP and Chief Operating Officer, and Brandy Seppi, EVP and Chief Lending Officer.


Women in Leadership


The topic of women in leadership has received much attention in the past few years and while the world is evolving and the level of awareness of gender inequities is at an all-time high, women still lag behind their male counterparts when it comes to leadership roles in business.

Regardless of gender, leadership should be based on individual strengths and personal leadership traits. While women may still be trailing their male counterparts, the reason women are great leaders is undeniable. Overall, women:

  • Are more focused on work-life balance and team dynamics. They also recognize the importance of mentoring and creating a meaningful career path.
  • Have more empathy and value relationships. By nature, women are nurturing and encourage others to be the best they can be. This often translates to being more in tune to what motivates people and helps mentor their team’s best performance.
  • Are skilled at multitasking and are often better at prioritizing and readjusting work flow to get things done.
  • Have a natural ability to recognize emotions in themselves and others, which can give them a leg up. Emotional Intelligence, one of the newer leadership attributes, can give you a competitive advantage.
  • Tend to lead by example. It’s easier to ask a team member to step up when you are willing to roll up your sleeves and work alongside them.


Equality in the workplace continues to be a challenge and practices that successful women leaders have adopted include:

  • Refining your communication skills and employing emotional intelligence can give you the upper hand.
  • Developing a circle of women with a shared vision. Aligning with other like-minded women who are supportive and share the same morals and values.
  • Exuding confidence. Don’t allow anyone to take you off your game. Practice stepping out of your comfort zone and speak with conviction.
  • Aligning yourself with other decision-makers. The adage “there’s safety in numbers” applies here. Building alliances with other decision-makers and extending your support of their efforts can pay huge dividends when you need their support.
  • Finding and using your voice! Speak up and have a voice. Share your expertise and offer your opinion on subjects that you feel strongly about. Others will take notice.
  • Trusting your inner voice. Practice positive self-talk and work to eliminate negative thoughts.
  • Overcome being a perfectionist. Making mistakes is part of the growth process and we learn and develop by making mistakes.
  • Taking risks. Women aren’t encouraged to take leadership roles as often as their male counterparts, thus creating an imbalance of who’s in charge.


Summit State Bank supports local businesses in Sonoma County and encourages women – owned businesses and women in the workplace. Currently at Summit State Bank, 80% of management are women and minorities with 60% represented on the Executive Management Team. Our five branch locations, in Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, and Petaluma, are all managed by female leaders.

We invite you to stop by any of our local branches for all your banking needs: from small business checking and loan accounts to lines of credit. You can also reach us by calling 707-568-6000. We welcome the opportunity to assist you with your banking and financial needs.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

4:30 to 8:30 pm
Event Website: http://socowomenevents.com

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts


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