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Sabina Kelly

Retired
Bank of America

When Sabina Kelly started in banking more than 40 years ago, she was the only woman in her college class year selected to go into a professional development track.

Kelly started strong and kept moving up, and in March she retired as Greater Maryland Market President for Bank of America, a high position in one of the country’s largest banks.

“There were challenges along the way,” Kelly said before The Daily Record’s Women’s Leadership Summit last year. “You just persevere and you continue moving forward.”

As she became a leader, Kelly was committed to mentoring those around her and building relationships.

“During Sabina’s 41 distinguished years with our company, she has made a lasting impact on the greater Maryland community and our company,” Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said in March.

Kelly grew up in Baltimore County and has served on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. She’s volunteered with the Friends of Harford County, Maryland Public Library and was a board member with the Dyslexia Tutoring Program. She’s also mentored women through Bank of America’s Power of 10 program.

Kelly wrote a passionate defense of private companies supporting art in an op-ed earlier this year, just before her retirement.

“By supporting arts programs financially and through coordinated volunteer efforts, companies are not only doing the right thing for their friends and neighbors; they are also laying the foundation for their own future success,” she wrote. “Only by creating and participating in strong public-private collaborations across our community can we ensure a sound future for our cultural institutions and a brighter tomorrow for our city and for us all.”

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.

“During Sabina’s 41 distinguished years with our company, she has made a lasting impact on the greater Maryland community and our company.” – Brian Moynihan, Bank of America CEO”

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