Rachel Vladimer, Keshaun Clark, Renee Aldrich and Kathy Speakman
What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?
Collaborating with our teams, striving every day to provide our clients with the best service in addressing all their banking needs—from loans and deposits to treasury management services and everything in between. Who you work with makes a huge difference in your day and we are fortunate to work with supportive teams who help and encourage each other. And our clients reap the benefits. As one of the area’s oldest financial institutions, The National Capital Bank of Washington has a rich history of serving the needs of our community since 1889—most recently in the Courthouse neighborhood. We pride ourselves on the trusting long-term relationships we’ve built with generations of families and businesses. We enjoy playing our part in maintaining this tradition of client—and community—centric service.
What was a major turning point in your careers?
Being hired to work for women who became our mentors. We have all been fortunate enough to have strong female role models in our professional lives who provided opportunities to learn, gain invaluable experience and advance our careers. A mentor should be more than a person you can look up to, but someone who will hold you accountable, challenge you and push you to reach for your highest potential. They did all of that, and more, for us.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself as a young professional?
Don’t procrastinate. Tackle the hardest tasks first—it only gets easier from there. Being busy does not mean you’re being productive, so learn to manage your time effectively. Set goals and expectations for yourself and once you reach them, set more.
“We have all been fortunate enough to have strong female role models in our professional lives who provided opportunities to learn, gain invaluable experience and advance our careers.”