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Tamara Zamberlan, Renee Aldrich, Robin Robertson and Keshaun Clark

National Capital Bank of Washington
2505 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington Virginia 22201

What woman inspires you and why?

We’ve all been inspired by other powerful women in banking. Their success encouraged us to continue to work hard and challenge ourselves to be the best we can be. Our mothers have also played a major role in shaping our outlook on life. We’ve learned so much from their work ethic, nurturing skills, and especially their drive and grit. Let’s face it—raising daughters is a full-time job in itself!

What advice would you offer for women just starting out?

Find a strong mentor. You’ll need the support and encouragement. As you move forward, be open to different types of opportunities—just because you may have had educational training or past experience in a certain industry or discipline, seek out ways to bring your knowledge to any position that you think will make you happy. The sky is the limit; you can do anything you put your mind to, but there will be obstacles along the way. Figure them out and conquer them. Be persistent. Don’t be afraid of the word “no” and don’t let it discourage you.

What’s the best advice you’ve received and how has it helped you?

Follow through on your promises, do things that make you happy, and find ways to make a difference in how you do your job. As a leader, you’ll be watched all the time. If you’re happy and it shows in your work, others tend to feel the same way and will become more invested.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned during your career?

First impressions can make or break you. Always stand tall, be your best self, look people in the eye and firmly shake their hand.

“If you’re happy and it shows in your work, others tend to feel the same way and will become more invested.”