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Katherine Bodnar

Katherine Bodnar

Women's Leadership Council

Katherine Bodnar

Director of Compliance
Heights Finance

I started my career in HR and Staffing and shifted to an audit role during that time. This translated into my first Compliance position with World Finance and the rest is history!

My Areas of Expertise: i.e. strategy, marketing, team building, executive management?
Team building, collaborating with senior management and Operations teams on new products/initiatives. Identifying and automating processes to allow for better information management.

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
Financial Industry as a whole along with the intricacies and nuances of leading a Compliance team in an ever changing environment

What three keywords best describe you?
Fun, snarky, and hardworking.

Personal Motto:
I don't really have one, but if I had to choose it would be that you can choose to have a good day or a bad day, and I choose to have a good day.

What are you passionate about?
I always want to find a way to support the business and operations while keeping a stringent focus on maintain compliance. My goal is that I start to change the outsider's perspective on Compliance to something they are excited about.

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I majored in Biology at Winthrop University.

Who has been a role model for you?
Ken Proctor and Kelly Abernathy have been huge influences in my career.

What are you most proud of?
My ability to come into this industry with minimal knowledge, growing my abilities and being able to earn promotions in a relatively short period of time.

MENTORING:
a. What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Contact, willingness to touch base periodically in case someone is overwhelmed. Matter of fact communication that offers real life applicability when talking through scenarios.

b. What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Try not to have too much anxiety over things, know that if you take it one issue at a time you can work through even the biggest projects and issues.

c. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
How non-stop it can be and how to best approach people who 'need it now'.