Cecilia Hodges

Cecilia Hodges wasn’t always interested in banking. In college, she toyed with the idea of being a pediatrician or architect — until she landed her first job in the banking industry. 

After that, it wasn’t long before she set her sights on a lofty goal: regional president of M&T Bank. In April, she was finally promoted to her dream job and is now the highest-ranking female banker in the region for M&T.

But Hodges’ career wasn’t always smooth. When she first entered the industry, Hodges describes knocking on the door of a good ol’ boys club. She struggled to relate to coworkers who conducted business on the golf course. 

Despite holding a manager position, Hodges said, questions were often directed to her male subordinates. While Hodges recognizes that things are changing for women, she still encourages other women to become self-advocates and forge relationships that will help their careers. 

Hodges now oversees 600 employees and 60 bank branches. She has won several…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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