Northwest Arkansas is home to some of the smartest and most inspiring entrepreneurs. We’re proud to feature a few of our female clients who are leading the way in business. We asked them to talk about the importance of being a woman in leadership in today’s climate. They each tell their stories of overcoming obstacles, hopes for the future and give advice for younger women coming up in the ranks.

President-Bentonville, Signature Bank of Arkansas

Today it is more important than ever to have women in leadership roles. The world we live in has changed dramatically in the last two years and women all around are thriving for several reasons. Women in general are multitaskers, compassionate and have the ability to adapt to new situations and circumstances. We are strong communicators, which is essential when negotiating and closing deals. Communication is vital and addressing issues quickly is the key to resolution. Sharing knowledge is so important in developing younger women. I’ve been in banking for many years and love to share and make a difference in the workplace and in our community. It’s important to share what we have learned as women in any role. We can never stop growing and gaining knowledge. I love to encourage and give back in all areas of my life. I’ve been fortunate with great role models at a very young age: my Dad (Don Phillips), school teachers and basketball coaches. Some of my great role models in my career were King Gladden, Ann Main and Gary Head. I think as women we can do anything we are determined to do. A key is to lift other females up and mentor them to gain wisdom, education and experience to use their talents toward their goals. Companies will become stronger and more diverse as more females are put in leadership positions.

You can view Melody’s segment in the Females in Leadership section of the 2022 3W Magazine here.