Kimberly Bradford

Women in Leadership Spotlight – Kimberly M. Bradford

  1. Brief introduction of you and your role.

I’ve served as the Vice President, Business Development of the Prince William County regional branch for the last 2 years. The BDO role is a hybrid of developing new business and promoting John Marshall Bank through community outreach, volunteering and networking. I am currently on the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of PWC and the City of Manassas Education Foundation. I was also recently elected to the Board for the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce.

  1. What led you to the banking profession?

My mother was employed at Navy Federal Credit Union for 25 years. My father was a Marine so the flexibility of the position enabled her to move with him from base to base. At 19, I began my first full-time banking job within the financial industry at Navy Federal.

  1. Who is the most influential woman you know? How does she inspire you?

The CEO of Fidelity Investments, Abagail Johnson, is incredibly impressive. She is one of the few female CEOs in the financial industry!

  1. What advice do you have for women who want to grow/begin their careers in the finance/banking industry?

Young women looking into finance, my advice is, “Be confident!” In any industry, it can be a struggle trying to make it to the top, but the finance industry can be particularly challenging. Don’t let it discourage you!

  1. What’s one childhood lesson that you still practice to this day?

I still practice organization. I loved my Trapper Keeper notebook in school. It kept everything neat, separated and organized.

  1. What has been your biggest career and/or personal achievement?

My proudest achievement is my children. I didn’t really push my career forward until my youngest was 12, but I have been able to grow rapidly and consistently into my current position as Vice President.

  1. You get to have dinner with one famous person. Who do you choose and what would you ask them?

I would have dinner with Melinda Gates. I would ask her to explain her vision for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I would also ask her to share her proudest accomplishment to date.

  1. How do you support, honor and celebrate other women in the industry?

I appreciate the women in my life and industry and try daily to strengthen bonds with my coworkers, contacts, and friends. I point out and celebrate achievements as often as I can.