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As president of Bank of America Great Maryland, Janet Currie serves three constituencies: the bank’s clients, employees and communities.

“It is imperative that we listen to and learn from all of them,” Currie said. “We must meet their needs and exceed their expectations in order to fulfill our purpose: To help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection.”

Over her nearly 30-year career at Bank of America, Currie has held positions in wealth management, consumer banking, operations and business control functions.

Who was your most significant mentor and what did you learn from that person?

While it may sound cliché, my most significant mentor is my mother. She was the dominant parent in my household and she demonstrated leadership every day. She taught us the value of money by communicating her strategy as she executed on her no-nonsense spending methods. She even added entrepreneur to her title when she needed a little more money to make ends meet. Walking in her faith, she also demonstrated fearlessness as well as  being a servant leader.

If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?

If I weren’t in banking, I would be a pastry chef. Dessert makes people happy. There are so many creative expressions that can be achieved through cakes, cupcakes, pies and pastries. You can embrace multiple cultures and customs through confectionary creations. The only problem is that I would want to taste everything I make … .