As the first woman to serve as Central Bank’s president and CEO, Joselyn Baldner likes to let her results speak for themselves. She draws on more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry. She’s accustomed to hard work, collaboration and trailblazing.
“It has taken me a long time to get to this place,” Baldner says as she describes her career trajectory. More than two decades ago, when she was expecting her first child, she sought employment in banking to help support her young family. Because her husband’s job entailed occasional moves, it was a pragmatic choice. “I knew that no matter where we lived, there would be a bank,” she says. She started as a teller and worked in several positions before becoming branch manager of a bank in Evansville, Indiana. In 2004, Baldner and her family moved to Springfield, where she continued to advance, working as branch manager, sales manager and director of retail. In 2018, she graduated from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking program through the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. In 2021, she was named both president and CEO of Central Bank.
“I’ve always had high expectations of myself,” Baldner says. “I’ve done a lot of stepping out of my comfort zone and stepping into things before I might have thought I was ready.”
At the helm of a large community bank, Baldner sets high expectations for herself and for every employee in the organization. The bank’s collective goal is to provide excellent customer care, regardless of job or department. Baldner strives to meet this goal by getting to know employees on an individual level.