When Loretta Roney was 28 years old, she became the president and CEO of a Jefferson City–based financial institution. The catch? She thought she was stepping into a general management role.
“The [human resources department] at the institution had listed the position as a manager,” Roney says. “Then, on my first day, I kept seeing sheets that said ‘president and CEO.’ I asked my staff, ‘When will I meet the president?’ And they said, you’re it.’”
Since accepting such a high-pressure role as a young professional, Roney has learned a lot—and she’s thankful for the experience. “It was intimidating,” says Roney, who currently serves as the president and CEO of Volt Credit Union (formerly Community Financial Credit Union). “I had a good base level with a background in accounting and finance, but there were a lot of things I didn’t know how to do.”