SPONSORED: Woman-Run by Wright Lindsey Jennings Presents Lorrie Trogden

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Lorrie Trogden was named president and CEO of the Arkansas Bankers Association in October 2018. She is the first woman to fill the role for the organization, which was established in 1891. Trogden joined the Arkansas Bankers Association after previous stops with the Arkansas Bar Association, Alltel and Acxiom.

What motivates you to keep coming to work each day?

Arkansas banks have worked around the clock to help struggling businesses; I’ve spoken with bankers who were working until 1 a.m. processing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Every resource the ABA can provide helps them help their customers. It’s incredibly inspiring that the ABA can help facilitate that.

What is the best moment of your career so far?

My recent trip to the White House with Gov. Hutchinson. I had the opportunity to share Arkansas PPP success stories with President Trump, putting faces and names to the over $3.3 billion in loans made to our state’s small businesses. I am so proud of our Arkansas banks and their contributions.

What advice do you have for keeping a team focused and motivated in challenging times?

Let them know how important they are to the mission and what an impact the ABA makes in the support of our members.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and career?

My parents were the first to tell me that I could be anything I want to be – there was no question in their minds that I would get there, I just had to work hard and achieve it. My mom was determined that I would be the first in our family to go to college and supported me to make that happen.

As a successful woman in leadership, what experiences most shaped your career and philosophy?

I have been fortunate enough to have worked for several female leaders that mentored me, believed in me, pushed me to do my best, and gave me the opportunity to grow my career. Also, my mom, she’s my biggest cheerleader, my biggest fan, my shoulder to cry on, and everything in-between.

Tell us the best piece of career or life advice you have received.

Know your goal and then put in the work. Your dreams won’t be handed to you, you have to work hard to make them happen. There will be failures, but learn from those and let them make you stronger. It helped me get to my dream job. When I interviewed with the ABA, I knew I was home.

How do you like to de-stress after a difficult day/week?

Going to the gym is a big stress relief. Those endorphins after a great workout make a big difference.

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