Like many long-term U.S. Bank employees, I started here looking for part-time work. More than a decade later, I’m still around, now full time with a team of 12, because the company’s core values and commitment to ethics mirror my own. I don’t feel like I have to conform, fit in or not be my authentic self. There is a real sense of community and family here. We support and cheer each other on.
I have 16- and 12-year-old daughters and a 22-year-old son. They keep me busy, traveling with my daughters to basketball games, track meets and dance competitions – so the flexibility I have with work is so important.
I couldn’t participate in school events as much when my son was young because I didn’t have that flexibility with my employer at the time. But at U.S. Bank, I’ve been able to adjust my schedule so I can be there to watch them compete, volunteer at school events or take them to the doctor when they’re sick. I’m not sacrificing one thing for the other.
U.S. Bank has been a part of our family for 13 years. Whenever I can, I have my kids come along to Business Resource Group (BRG) and Development Network volunteer events. We’ve attended the Black Family Reunion, volunteered with Junior Achievement and Adopt-A-Class, cleaned up parks and more. They’re learning the importance of community, of being a good citizen, and engaging with people who look at life from a different perspective. Helping them understand that there’s a need out there is tremendously important to me.
My daughters have grown up with examples of women in leadership, women in business. When my youngest was five, she thought of a bank as a place where you went to deposit or withdraw cash. Volunteering with me, she’s met people in various departments, from marketing to cybersecurity, who have helped her realize there is more to banking than cash. Now she’s telling me, “I want to be a banker!” since she’s seen firsthand how we help people in so many ways.
When she gets into the workforce, I hope that diversity and inclusion becomes truly a part of corporate culture – a natural part of how people do business. I hope it’s the norm for women to be in leadership positions. I don’t want my daughter to feel like there are any barriers to her success.
We’re on the right track. Being able to share stories like mine is so important. I want to help women understand that they can find their voice, find success, and find their fit in the financial industry – and still enjoy balance.
You know that being a working mom is a strength. I’m proud to work for a company that knows it, too.
Kim Wright is an operations manager with U.S. Bank in Cincinnati. The bank was recently recognized by Working Mother as one of the 2018 Best Companies for Multicultural Women.