Natalie Bartholomew, class of 2015, is a 17-year career banker with experience in lending, deposit operations, culture building and marketing. She currently serves as the chief adminstrative officer and vice president of Grand Savings Bank, a community bank in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. Natalie has a passion for philanthropy and sits on various boards and committees that serve the Northwest Arkansas region.
She was recognized as the 2015 Young Woman of the Year by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce for the NWA Business Women’s Conference and was a member of the 2015 Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and the 2018 Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Women In Business feature. She received both her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado. Natalie is also a member of the Emerging Leaders Council of the Arkansas Bankers Association.
Natalie launched her blog, the Girl Banker, in late 2017 after witnessing firsthand the need for an advocate for women in banking. It has been featured in American Banker, ABA Banking Marketing Magazine, and the NWA Business Journal. Her weekly feature of “the Girl Banker of the Week” has drawn the most attention as she highlights women in banking all over the country. Additionally, she tackles topics such as mom guilt, building a work wardrobe, how to dominate an interview, and draws attention to other women in banking that are trailblazers.