International Women's day at Ampersand

The Women of Ampersand Champion Progress at Every Level

Today is International Women’s Day, and at Ampersand, we understand the value of promoting and celebrating women in the workplace. For us, our commitment to the success of women in business starts at the top. 

Our Chairman and CEO, Kelly Brown, is an award-winning financial executive with a career spanning every aspect of the banking industry. She’s been at the helm of two founder-led businesses with two successful exits and has led the management of a deposit portfolio that exceeds six billion dollars. What you can’t effectively highlight on a resume or via LinkedIn is Kelly’s commitment to mentoring women to fearlessly take charge of their own careers. Kelly regularly shares the story about her start in banking, which started over 30 years ago when a bank teller changed Kelly’s life by helping her land her first job in banking.

Kelly had no prior banking experience at the time, but because of the “hand up” and mentorship offered to her by another woman – she was able to build a foundation that not only supports the banking industry, but other women in finance across the board. Since then, Kelly has continued moving those initiatives forward and creating opportunities for others, leading countless teams and elevating the careers of numerous successful women along the way. 

From her work with the Young Presidents’ Organization (a global membership organization for top executives), to her civic engagement as a local school board member, Kelly isn’t just a mentor to the Ampersand team, but a sponsor as well. She actively uses her personal connections and experience to help her team succeed both in business and in life. Kelly’s previous mentees include professional women in numerous industries who are serving as C-suite leaders while simultaneously holding active and important roles in their communities.

In addition to being led by Kelly, Ampersand is also very proud of our legacy, which was co-founded and continues to be championed by three incredible women in banking. Our founders bring with them countless accolades and a collective leadership experience that spans areas of banking operations, client services, and risk management. It is their combined guidance and influence that empowers everyone at Ampersand to provide best-in-class service to our clients as well as our bank network partners. 

Are there women in your organization or industry that you’d like to celebrate as well? Contact our team! We’d love to hear your story and talk about the ways Ampersand can help you continue to champion progress as you grow!