Kathleen Pechman – 2018 Dorothy Willey Award Recipient

Senior Vice President, National Bank of Arizona

Kathleen Pechman was born in Laconia, New Hampshire. She is the oldest of seven children and grew up in a household with great, hard working parents. While most of her family enjoyed the New England outdoors, the harsh winters were not for her. She left New Hampshire in 1976 to move to Las Vegas, Nevada, where her job with Bank of America began.

Growing up she hoped and dreamed she would have an opportunity to live in a bigger city with more to offer and that dream came true! She aspired to be an elementary school teacher. But her career in banking started at an early age, and she has no regrets.

Kathleen is most proud of the progression of her career, given her limited post-secondary education. Her banking career started in New Hampshire in 1970 when a relative suggested she might enjoy working at a bank. Kathleen has led a successful career in banking ever since. During her 29 years at Bank of America, she was fortunate to have some great mentors who afforded her opportunities to move into positions that expanded her knowledge and expertise.

Kathleen’s accomplishments include: her completion of the Six Sigma Greenbelt certification process while at Bank of America, working with community partners and serving on boards and committees that promote affordable housing and financial education, and developing invaluable friendships while working in various Arizona communities over the past 12+ years. However, her greatest accomplishment to date was working for National Bank of Arizona as the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) Officer.

The YWCA’s commitment to financial education resonates most with Kathy, as her job is to manage the National Bank of Arizona’s adherence to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Kathleen believes one of the many ways this can be accomplished is through providing support for non-profit agencies, such as the YWCA. Kathleen has seen firsthand the benefits of programs like the YWCA’s Own It Financial Education that provided tools to uplift and empower women and their families.

Kathleen’s advice to young women is: first get an education! Secondly, look for a position within your chosen field that can offer growth opportunities, and lastly, be aware of what’s happening around you. Also, listen and learn from others who have been where you are or are working in positions that interest you. A formal education coupled with experience and “street smarts” will go a long way in the development of a profession!

Kathleen enjoys musical theater, is a season ticket holder of the Broadway Across America series, and is an avid dog lover.

The YWCA is honored to present the 2018 Dorothy Willey Award to Kathleen Pechman.