Interviewed by Alexis D’Amato, Intern
Takeria Stephens joined Regions in 2011 as the Fair Lending Credit Policy Manager. In her current role as the Fair & Responsible Lending Compliance Manager, she supervises three Fair and Responsible Lending Analyst with responsibility for risk assessment, issue identification and resolution within the lines of business.
Prior to joining Regions, Stephens held a number of positions with Wells Fargo beginning in September 2001. Stephens earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a Minor in English from The University of Alabama. She is married to Clegburn Stephens and has two beautiful children.
What did you gain from your Momentum experience?
I came away with an extremely strong sisterhood of wonderful women who I refer to as my “Wolfpack.” These women have uplifted me through all areas of my life and have helped to develop me into a stronger professional.
What is one piece of leadership advice you have been given that has helped you in your career?
Always have confidence and the courage to believe in yourself.
Enjoy life more, take chances, and you are more than good enough.
What challenges do you think the next generation of women leaders face?
Diversity and inclusion at executive levels remain a challenge for women. Progress has been made in those areas, but there is a lot of room for improvement and growth.
What do you think organizations need to do differently for more women to rise into executive roles?
Companies need to create resource groups aimed at fostering a network of talented women in the organization. The resource groups can help to engage women within the company and provide opportunities for both male and female leaders to mentor, sponsor, and develop women for executive roles.
Integrity, Confidence, and Empathy.
How do you manage your career, home, and community life?
I think in order to obtain balance in life you must prioritize all aspects of your life both personally and professionally. Preparation is key to being able to balance all of the many demands we face each day. I am still learning to lean and depend on family and friends in order to help me obtain all of my many goals. I also try to be disciplined with my time both at work and at home.
Network with like-minded women both in and outside of their industries. Through Momentum, I have gained an allegiance of strong and smart women from all backgrounds who I can call on for support when I am making a big business decision, or when I am facing personal situations at home.