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Strong Women of Flat Branch Home Loans

Celebrating Trailblazers in Regional Mortgage

Women’s History Month offers us a time to reflect on our stories and pass the mic forward. This month, we’re celebrating the successes of our female leaders and employees by passing along their advice, tips, and personal reflections.

Women in Charge
A Roundtable Discussion

We ask; they answer, so you can learn:

Watch our roundtable discussion about our leaders’ first mentors, how they guide a work-life balance and inspire their teams.

Questions: Have you always been surrounded by amazing women? Describe someone who’s a mentor, someone who inspires you? How do you handle work-life balance? What is hard about being a strong woman? Any advice you’d like to give young women?

Insight & advice from leaders in mortgage
Meet the Women of the Roundtable

Left to Right:  Ronda Benton (Processing Manager), Ronda Hickey (Senior Mortgage Banker), Sarah Craig (Chief Financial Officer), Emily Harvey (Human Resources Director), Karen Kreutziger (Chief Operations Officer), Mary Ropp (Director of Sales and Marketing), Kelle Walters (Senior Mortgage Banker), Jamie Pandolfo (Area Sales Manager), Kimberly Lodge (Online Connect Manager).

Left to Right: Ronda Benton (Processing Manager), Ronda Hickey (Senior Mortgage Banker), Sarah Craig (Chief Financial Officer), Emily Harvey (Human Resources Director), Karen Kreutziger (Chief Operations Officer), Mary Ropp (Director of Sales and Marketing), Kelle Walters (Senior Mortgage Banker), Jamie Pandolfo (Area Sales Manager), Kimberly Lodge (Online Connect Manager).

Thoughts on Leadership

People always just say: if you give, it comes back to you. It's not necessarily what you give; in this sense, take care of other people. You'd be shocked what you can learn from yourself, if you can help somebody else solve a problem or listen to somebody else talk through something that's going on.

Jamie Pandolfo with boxing glovesJamie Pandolfo
Sales Manager St. Louis
Kelle Walters with boxing glovesKelle Walters
Senior Mortgage Banker

Find somebody you admire: a mentor who's farther ahead of you, and then compare yourself to her. And just for the purpose of learning, look at what attributes you want with positive self-talk, because you don't envy and you don't get jealous. Emulate and then encourage others. Because otherwise, you'll just spiral around.

Build up those around you all the time. Do anything that you can to build their confidence. If they have something going on you should always tell them, good job, I’m happy for you. Always do anything that you can to build their confidence as well. It makes them feel better when they see that you recognize it, even the little things are important to everyone.

Ronda Benton with boxing glovesRonda Benton
Processing Manager
Karen Kreutziger with boxing glovesKaren Kreutziger
Chief Operations Officer

If someone's trying to grow into that leadership role, my advice is to get a mentor. A mentor with different strengths than you have so that you can work on being a little more well-rounded. Then confidence would be the other piece. You have to be confident.

Being a good leader is a lot like being a good employee, spouse, friend or person. Show up, be positive, learn, give, have fun, follow through and stick with it.

Mary Ropp with boxing glovesMary Ropp
Director of Sales and Marketing

You can find a transcript of the full conversation here

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