Culture strengthens connections and empowers associates personally and professionally. In 2016, Sterling National Bank launched Extraordinary Women of Sterling to increase support for their female workforce. Connect talked with Suzanne Copeland, founder and 2016 Chair of this initiative.
Q: What is the Extraordinary Women of Sterling program?
Copeland: Designed for female employees at Sterling, the program provides personal and professional development, training, and internal networking opportunities.
We meet monthly to discuss relevant business topics that rotate quarterly. Participants engage in panel discussions, participate in small group workshops, and hear presentations from outside speakers. Our sessions recently focused on executive presence, career advancement, knowing your industry, and taking care of yourself.
Q: What’s the benefit of these and similar employee empowerment programs?
Copeland: Whenever you can bring positive personal and professional development into your organization, it improves employee engagement. It improves relationships within the company. This initiative is about learning leadership, influence, and how to be as effective as possible at work.
More than 160 Sterling women have signed up for the program. Participation is open to any interested employees.