2016 Women & Business Conference2017-03-07T15:06:18+00:00

2016 ATHENA: Lori Chillingworth, Chief Credit Administrator, Zions Bancorporation

Lori was appointed Chief Credit Administrator of Small Business for Zions Bancorporation in April 2016. While her primary responsibilities are credit risk management for small business, she is also overseeing project management for process improvement of small business loans throughout the enterprise.

Prior to this position Chillingworth served as Executive Vice President of Zions Bank’s Small Business Division. Chillingworth has been a small business advocate her entire career. In 1997, Chillingworth was hired at Zions Bank to be the founding manager of the Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group.

Under her leadership, Zions Bank’s Women’s Financial Group was honored to receive the 1998 Advisory Council Award from the SBA for its contributions to women business owners and the agency’s 2001 Women in Business Advocate of the Year Award.

Known throughout the industry for her experience in the small business, Chillingworth was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Government from 2007-2013, and has participated in roundtables hosted by the SBA Administrator and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in 2011 and 2010, respectively.

An active community volunteer, she is the past chair of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She previously served as a board member and chair for the Salt Lake Community College Foundation, Family Counseling Center, Pete Suazo Business Center, and as a member of the Junior League of Salt Lake’s community advisory council.

Chillingworth launched the Women’s Leadership Institute in January 2015. The Women’s Leadership Institute elevates the stature of women’ leadership by improving society’s understanding of the value of diversity in leadership roles, training women in leadership skills, and conveying the positive impact women leaders have on economic development, vitality, and the overall health of business and politics. In October of 2015, Chillingworth received the “Community Impact” award by U.S. Banker Magazine.

Chillingworth has been recognized five times in U.S. Banker magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Banking” issue, ranking among its “25 Women to Watch” list. Chillingworth was also honored as a member of Zions’ “Top Team” of women senior leaders six times.

Chillingworth is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, American Institute of Banking and the Northwestern Bank Leadership Program. As a recipient of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation 2014-2015 Fellows Program scholarship, she attended the Harvard Business School and INSEAD, Business School for the World, in Paris for advanced studies in global leadership.


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