With an accomplished 21 years of experience in banking, Natalie Bartholomew has previously worked in several areas of finance including retail, customer service, credit analysis, marketing, human resources, strategic planning, commercial/consumer/mortgage lending and executive leadership.
Bartholomew earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas. She was voted as class representative at the Graduate School of Banking Colorado of which she is a graduate and current faculty member.
Bartholomew notably founded the Girl Banker Platform in 2017 to serve as an advocate for women in banking and young women considering careers in banking, the bank said. Within the platform, an online community has been created on various social media platforms including the Girl Banker Facebook Group that includes over 6,000 women in banking from over 36 states. The Girl Banker Podcast was launched in 2019. The platform has been featured in American Banker, American Banking Association Bank Marketing Newsletter, ABA Banking Journal Podcast, Independent Banker, The Financial Brand and various other industry specific publications. Her speaking engagements have included The Financial Brand Forum, American Banking Association Bank Marketing Conference, American Banking Association Agricultural Conference and 22 state bankers association conferences.
Bartholomew has been recognized for numerous accolades including Arkansas Money and Politics Power Women in Banking (2021); Independent Community Bankers of America Forty Under 40 (2020); Arkansas Business Journal Forty Under 40 (2019); Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Women in Business List (2018); Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Forty Under 40 (2015); and NWA Business Women’s Conference Young Woman of the Year (2015).
She has an extensive background of philanthropic endeavors: She currently serves on the community leadership council of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA where she is a past board member and chairperson. She served as an advisory committee member for the Northwest Arkansas Community College of Business and Computer Information Systems, and as board member of the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural Food and Life Sciences Alumni Society. Additionally, she is a previous board member of the Washington County Fair Association, and a past treasurer of the NWA Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association.
She and her husband, Colt, reside in the Prairie Grove area with their two sons.