The following is a brief interview with Candy Allard, assistant vice president – human resources specialist at Badger Bank in Fort Atkinson. Allard is chair of the 2023–2024 Human Resources Committee.
How did you first get into the banking industry?
I was actually approached by the then CEO about a new position that was opening up. I knew him outside of the bank through other businesses associations. I’ve also banked here for 25+ years.
Why did you decide to join a WBA committee? Why should others consider lending their time and expertise to shaping Wisconsin’s banking industry?
I saw the opening to join this committee through the WBA Wisconsin Banker magazine. Since I was completely new to banking, I couldn’t think of a better place to learn the ins and outs of HR in the banking world. This was one of the best decisions I made. It’s great to be able to give my input (and be heard) along with others because of all of the different asset sizes and number of FTE’s.
How has WBA facilitated the growth you have seen in your career and as a leader?
I’ve become more confident in sharing my ideas with senior management. I’ve taken on a bigger role in some of the decisions regarding our employees. Being a part of the Human Resources Committee not only has given me confidence in myself, but has offered a whole new perspective on my ability to be a leader. With that being, said I’ve also become a part of the Association’s Advocacy efforts and have participated in Capitol Day for the last two years.
As a banker, and as a leader, what is the most important lesson that you have learned?
I’ve learned how to advocate for the employees while still protecting the bank.
Who (or what) motivates you to succeed?
Our employees are my biggest motivators. I feel a sense of satisfaction when I’ve helped someone get through a tough time whether it’s a personal matter or a work issue. Senior management have also helped me to succeed by listening and supporting some of my ideas and decisions that I have made.