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How to apply for the Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance: Next 2023

For 21 years, American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance rankings have been celebrating top-performing senior executives. Now we invite you to nominate the up-and-coming women in your bank or financial institution.

Applications for Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance: Next are now being accepted.

This award is meant to recognize high-achieving women in the pipeline and bring more visibility to those who are on a path to become the C-suite leaders of tomorrow. A group of 20 women, 40 years of age and younger, will be selected, each with accomplishments and influence that set them apart.

Those who earn a spot on the 2023 Next list will be celebrated during the annual Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance week in early October.

To see the 2022 Next honorees, click here.


Each applicant will need a nomination supplied by an executive at her company (a mentor or manager of hers) who can speak to her exceptional work and leadership skills.

Only employees of private sector financial services firms whose activities are primarily focused on commercial or retail banking (ie, banks, thrifts and bank-owned subsidiaries, divisions, or groups) or a private sector financial institution (ie, wealth management, investment banking, investment management firms) can participate. In addition, their job must be based in the US or Canada, or their firm must be based in the US or Canada.

Women whose primary employment is at any type of nonbank — including fintech companies that do not have a banking charter, trade associations, regulatory agencies, or professional services firms — are not eligible for this program.

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Application Instructions and Links

Only applications submitted through our secure online system will be considered. (Please note that the deadline to apply for the 2023 Next list is Monday, March 13 at 11:59 pm EST.)

We recommend previewing the application, gathering all material offline first, and then cutting and pasting answers directly into the online form. But partially completed submissions may be saved in the system until ready to submit. More detailed instructions are provided once you begin.

Begin an individual application here.

Sponsorship Information

For information about sponsoring the Next program, the awards celebration for the honorees, or the Most Powerful Women in Banking conference, please contact Brad Bava at

Please direct any other questions about Next of the Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance to Mary Ellen Egan at

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