REGIONAL PRESIDENT, GREATER MARYLAND, PNC BANK
Laura Gamble was well known in the banking industry when she joined PNC Bank as its Greater Maryland regional president in 2012. She had previously worked with Bank of America and had co-founded a business consulting firm, too.
That experience is one of the driving forces for Gamble as she strives to help small business owners and especially women business owners. She spearheaded efforts to launch the ATHENAPowerLink program that guides women business owners by providing them access to a panel of experienced business advisers.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
No one gets anywhere on their own. In order for you to lead, people have to want to follow you. It is not a mandate, you have to earn the right to lead through trust and by putting others’ well-being ahead of your own.
What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?
I would like to see Maryland leaders engage in real conversation on addressing the continuing impact of structural racism at the state and local levels. We will never reach a sustainable level of success in our communities if we don’t dismantle structural racism.
What do you do to unplug in your free time?
I row with the women’s competitive group at Baltimore Community Rowing. Rowing is a great way to get some exercise, and I enjoy being on the water.