Coop CEO To Join National Conference On Gender Diversity In The Boardroom

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Lisa Oliver, Chair, President and CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, will be part of a virtual conference hosted by The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, in collaboration with the Bank on Women Inc. and The Risk Management Association. The theme of the third annual forum, taking place Oct. 19 through 21, is “The Business Case for Change: Gender Diversity and Leadership in the Boardroom and C-suite.”

Oliver will join four other executives in a panel titled “Perspectives from Leaders: Strategies to Build a Gender Diverse Board” on October 20 from 2:55 to 3:45 p.m.

Oliver was selected to speak due to her success in achieving 50 percent gender diversity on The Coop’s Board of Directors and across the bank’s senior leadership team. The Coop was recently named by BankDirector Magazine as one of the top 25 bank boards in the country with the highest representation of women.

“Building diverse boards means thinking beyond the traditional executives and CEOs often found on boards,” said Oliver. “Beyond looking at a prospective board members’ work experience, we now look at their life experience and ask how it aligns with our customer base and the community around us. Creating a well-rounded board with diverse viewpoints is a constant and rewarding process that must be a prioritized focus.”

The three-day conference is free to attend and is geared for board chairs, board members, CEOs and C-suite level executives from the financial services industry. To register, visit