Q: If someone asked what your "story" was, what would it be?
A: “Wow, what a question. Well, the title would be: Leave Nothing on the Table, It’s Ok to Start Over.”
Kristy Stewart was born and raised in Fairfield, AL in what she describes as a “well-rounded and respectful home.” Her family instilled the importance of education with the words, “no one can take your knowledge away from you,” and her church family supported her education and development through through various volunteer positions. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Alabama A&M University and has worked in banking for 25 years. Kristy joined Synovus in 2021, serving as a wholesale relationship associate, where she proactively maintains all aspects of client experience. “Synovus has allowed me to take my love and passion for banking and the community to another level. My colleagues have really fostered my sense of belonging in the Synovus family and its wonderful culture.”
Q: What was female representation like in your field when you started your career compared to now?
A: There was not a lot of female or minority representation. I have noticed a drastic change—a change for the better.
Q: Do you have a female mentor?
A: “Yes, I do. Several. They are professional, down-to-earth women that I can call on anytime for authentic answers, corrections, and inspiration. One thing I love about them is their realness! They taught me to always be teachable, no matter how far you are in your career.”
Q: Do you remember who first saw your full potential, or helped you realize you had greater potential?
A: “First, my mother, Nancy Waldon Holmes. She’s my rock, and my heart in human form. When it comes to banking, Veronica Perry, who is now retired from a regional bank. She guided me in so many ways. I owe my career to her.”
Q: What are some lessons you have learned as a woman in your field?
A: “State your truth, make your voice heard, be confident in what you know, and accept every challenge given to you.”
Q: What are some lessons you aspire to teach other women in your field?
A: “Leave nothing on the table. A closed mouth does not get fed. Always be a sponge and soak everything in. Be your authentic self.”