Education Seminar

2015 Women in Banking Forum
Designed to inspire and empower women bankers, the eighth annual Women in Banking Forum offers participants an understanding that success can be achieved at any level given the right tools and knowledge.

Join us in May at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort to hear from key women banking executives and industry leaders as we discuss the importance of personal brand management: what is it, how do you define it and how to not let others’ perceptions define you. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to find inspiration and empowerment from the stories of our speakers and discuss strategies for success at the networking reception immediately following the forum. 

Scheduled Speakers

Carol Seymour – Founder and CEO: The Signature Program

Carol Seymour is a sought after business leader and catalyst for growth. As an executive advisor to businesses and executives around the globe, she has built a reputation for enabling senior women leaders to accelerate their careers. She is the founder and leader of The Signature Program – a unique development initiative and peer network for more than 200 women executives in the Fortune 1000. Today, more than 70 market-leading companies use The Signature Program for investing in their key talent. Seymour previously held senior leadership positions at large cap companies, startups and private-equity backed organizations, including Accenture, Spherion, MeadWestvaco, DBM and World 50, the world’s premier senior executive networking organization. She has influenced significant business decisions in the C-suite and orchestrated executive discussions among some of the world’s most acclaimed leaders and CEOs. Currently based in North Carolina, she travels the globe to work with and speak to executive women leaders.  

Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann: President and Chief Executive Officer, Banamex USA

Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann is president and CEO of Banamex USA, a subsidiary of Citigroup, where she oversees the U.S. banking affiliate of Grupo Financiero Banamex, the second-largest bank in Mexico. Prior to joining Banamex USA, she served as president of Citibank’s retail banking business in California and Nevada and served as chair of Citi’s California Leadership Council. Before joining Citibank, Macieira-Kaufmann was EVP and head of small business segment at Wells Fargo. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a master’s from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and was a Fulbright Scholar. 

Christa Steele: President and CEO, Mechanics Bank

Christa Steele is the president and CEO of Mechanics Bank in the Bay Area. She is an active member of the Pacific Coast Banking School, board of directors. She is a graduate of California State University-Sacramento, Pacific Coast Banking School, and the California Bankers Association Commercial Lending School.


Mary Allis Curran: Financial Services Industry Executive

Mary Allis Curran is a financial services industry executive.

Her most recent role was Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, Corporate Banking at Union Bank. Prior to her corporate risk assignment, Mary led the Bank’s Wealth Management practice consisting of 20 locations across the west coast.  Preceding that assignment, she led the Bank’s Corporate, Middle Market and Business Banking Group for San Diego and Orange County.

Curran recently served as Chair of the California Bankers Association. She is Past Chair of the San Diego Sports Commission; is on San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation Board, Executive Committee, and Co-Chair of the Athletics Committee.  She is a current member of the Corporate Directors Forum; Women Corporate Directors and the National Association for Corporate Directors as well as an NACD Governance Fellow.  Additionally she is a member of the Economic Development Corporation Strategic Roundtable.

Curran earned an MBA from San Diego State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Monique Jewett-Brewster: Attorney, Bryan Cave LLP

Monique Jewett-Brewster is a bankruptcy and business litigation attorney at Bryan Cave LLP in San Francisco, California, representing lender and servicer clients in a broad range of bankruptcy and financial services litigation matters. She has represented businesses in chapter 11 reorganizations, counseled lenders in loan workout agreements, and advocated for parties in bankruptcy sales. She is the current co-chair of the Insolvency Law Committee of the State Bar of California’s Business Law Section, and former executive board member of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco. Jewett-Brester received her bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco and her law degree from the University of Southern California.


7:30 - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – Welcome 

Maurine Padden, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, California Bankers Association

9:00 - Signature Leadership:  The Brand of You 
Carol Seymour, Founder and CEO: The Signature Program

The spotlight once again shines hot and focused on the dismal numbers of women in management and top leadership positions across all enterprises. The issue is certainly complex—with no silver bullet solution. It does underscore, however, the absolute need for women to be very intentional about their lives and careers.

Women leaders can accelerate their careers when they define and own their distinct Signature leadership brand. Signature leadership goes beyond authenticity. It inspires continual personal growth and encourages leaders to tap into their unique gifts to drastically improve outcomes.

Through an interactive workshop-style presentation, Carol Seymour shares simple strategies to help you bring your “A Game” and Signature style to the forefront. She employs real-world executive situations to make Signature leadership come to life and delivers immediate practical takeaways that leaders can implement every day.

10:30 – Networking Break

11:00 - Christa Steele, President and CEO, Mechanics Bank

  • Achieving success as a CEO under the age of 40
  • Leading and being led…listening and surrounding yourself with brilliant minds
  • Sacrifices made to rise to the level of CEO
  • Personal successes and failures
  • Importance of balancing work life and personal life
  • Being fulfilled personally and professionally
  • Looking inside of yourself with brutal honesty
  • Reflecting on lessons learned and wisdom that continues to build daily that can be shared with others
  • The mortality of life and what you want people to remember you by…was it your job title or your contributions as a leader and human being

12:00 – Lunch

1:15 - My Personal Leadership Brand
Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann, President and CEO, Banamex USA
Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann’s brand is her style of leadership – it is who she is as a leader. No matter the role or context, she approaches everything with a lens toward how to be an effective leader through authenticity, consistency, structure, motivation, and drive. She will elaborate on what has worked across her various leadership roles and how she has learned from her experiences to develop a consistent model of leadership – her brand promise!

2:15 – Afternoon Break

2:30 - Interview with Mary Allis Curran
Financial Services Industry Executive

4:00 - Monique Jewett-Brewster, Attorney, Bryan Cave LLP

5:00 – Networking Reception

Program Objectives

The purpose of the forum is to support the development of women leaders in the California banking community. To help achieve this outcome, we have developed the following objectives for our participants:

  • Obtain executive perspectives on the impact of current trends in the banking industry.
  • Access tools to better negotiate in today’s business world
  • Determine best practices for developing and projecting one’s personal brand.
  • Identify appropriate steps for career advancement.
  • Provide opportunities for career development, mentoring, recognition, and a deeper sense of inclusion with others within the bank and the industry.


Women bankers – junior officers to senior executives

Registration Information

Registration Fees

Early-Bird Registration just extended through May 15, 2015
CBA Member: $395
Non-Member: $595

Regular Registration
CBA Member: $495
Non-Member: $695

Discounts Available

Group Pricing
If you have three (3) or more registrants from your bank there is a discount of $50 per person. Please use the code WOMEN15 when registering. 

Sponsor a Junior Banker *NEW IN 2015* 
Register for you and a junior banker and receive a discount of $50 off the second registration. Please use the code SJB50 when registering. 

NOTE: Discount codes cannot be combined but can be used in conjunction with early-bird pricing.

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions are allowed, at no additional cost. Written notice is required for all substitutions/cancellations. If the request is received by May 8, 2015, the full registration fee will be refunded and 50 percent if by May 15. No refunds will be provided after May 15. Registrations made on or after May 15 are not subject to refund.

If you are not fully satisfied with this program, please contact Corbett Cutts, VP, director of education at (916) 438-4428.

Location Information

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort 
21500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, California, USA, 92648
Tel: (714) 698 1234
Fax: (714) 845 4990

CBA has arranged a special room rate of $299 per night for guests who elect to stay May 27,2015 – May 28, 2015 (2 nights).

Please Note: While the courtesy block expired on April 27, please contact Michelle Quintero at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach for the best room rate. Michelle can be reached at (714) 845-4886.

Credit Information

Program Level: All Levels

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Method of Presentation: Group – Live (Lecture, Discussion, and Case Study)

Recommended CPE Credits: 6.0 Hours Maximum
(Estimated 4.0 Personal Development, 1.0 Business Management and Organization, and 1.0 Communications)
Sponsored learning activities are measured by program length, with one 50-minute period equal to one CPE credit.  One-half CPE credit increments (equal to 25 minutes) are permitted after the first credit has been earned in a given learning activity.  Please note that not all state boards have adopted this rule.  Some participants may not be able to use one-half credit increments.


Is Group Pricing available for this program?

Yes, if you have three (3) or more registrants from your bank there is a discount of $50 per person. If you have any questions, please contact Corbett Cutts at or (916) 438-4428