Kelly Skalicky: Prioritizing women in leadership

As a pioneering female leader in the banking industry, President and CEO of Stearns Bank, Kelly Skalicky, is passionate about supporting and empowering women to break barriers, overcome challenges, and achieve their goals. 

Kelly was recently featured in TeamWomen’s annual report as one of the organization’s sponsors where she shared her proud support of TeamWomen’s work promoting equality and women in leadership roles. 

“I firmly believe that when women support each other incredible things happen,” Kelly said in the report. “Our entire Stearns Bank N.A. team is proud to stand alongside TeamWomen in advancing gender equality and creating a more inclusive and equitable world for all.” 

Like TeamWomen, Stearns Bank affirms the power of diversity and urgent need to prioritize the development and advancement of future generations of women in leadership. 

Women currently hold 65% of leadership positions at Stearns Bank. What’s more is that 53% of executive roles are filled by women. These numbers far exceed the industry standard. 

This progress was intentional thanks to Stearns Bank’s mission to foster empowerment for all, which aligns perfectly with the mission of TeamWomen.  

Kelly and her team understand that diverse perspectives lead to better outcomes. Stearns’ partnership with TeamWomen ensures that more women reach their full potential, not only as individuals but as powerful change-makers across their organizations and communities.

In the financial services industry, it’s imperative to give women representation as decision makers.  

Studies show that women-owned businesses tend to receive less than 3% of all venture capital investments and account for less than 15% of all check-writers. Stearns is deeply committed to improving that access and working with TeamWomen to bridge that gap by supporting female leaders and entrepreneurs.  

Kelly is grateful to TeamWomen for their tireless efforts in championing women’s leadership and for providing a platform for women to connect, learn, and grow. 

By working together, this great partnership can continue to inspire and empower the next generation of female leaders to create a brighter future with more opportunities for success for all.

To learn more about Kelly and Stearns Bank, visit their website. To find out more about how to become a member of TeamWomen here.  

TeamWomen is a premier professional women’s non-profit organization deeply committed to developing future generations of women in leadership. Membership includes 600 women from the C-suite to young professionals who work in a variety of key industries including business, corporate, sports, and civic organizations. Each year, we inspire women to make meaningful connections and rise together through 40 leadership development events, mentoring, and youth empowerment.


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