Chief Credit Administrator, Small Business, 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 also oversees 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, she was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Government from 2007-2013. She 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 Board of Governors 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 helped several other community leaders in launching 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.

What makes her an ATHENA? In the words of those who nominated her…

Lori has shown tremendous leadership over her many years at Zion’s Bank and most recently as the chair of the Salt Lake Chamber  and chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute. She has exhibited outstanding leadership values and moved both organizations forward.

She engages everyone she works with and is the first to pass credit to others.

She has an engaging personality that makes everyone feel part of the team and wanting to be part of whatever initiatives she is sponsoring.

She is looked up to by all who serve with her and is able to balance her many responsibilities in a productive and effective way. She is a joy to work with.

Over the course of this past year, as she fulfilled her duties as the Chair for the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, I can attest that she is committed to our business community and the great policy work that makes our state the “Best State for Business”.

During her tenure as Chair, she has spoken to various groups, represented business issues on Capitol Hill, lead CEO discussion groups and authored op-eds and critical letters. Simultaneously, she has also chaired the Women’s Leadership Institute, which she co-founded in 2015, helping change the narrative women’s leadership in our state – increasing the quality and capacity of our workforce.

Lori has been a dedicated volunteer for the chamber for over 20 years serving in many positions, including participating as chair of the Public Policy Committee, Business Women’s Forum and as a graduate of the Leadership Utah program.

As a steadfast voice for small business, she has committed time and support to building small business in Utah.

Lori’s willingness to step out of the box, dedicate her time to mentor emerging leaders and embrace change makes her an excellent candidate for the Athena award.

Supporting women business owners has been a priority for Lori Chillingworth since she began her career in banking 34 years ago.

She recognized women entrepreneurs faced challenges in communicating with financial institutions to obtain financing, so jumped at the chance to manage and help create the Zions Bank’s Women’s Financial Group in 1997.

She is using her influence to help encourage business leaders to accept the organization’s “ElevateHER Challenge,” a seven-point commitment to help enhance women’s leadership in Utah.

She also served on boards for the Salt Lake Community College Foundation, Family Counseling Center, and Junior League of Salt Lake’s community advisory council.

Lori also created “Smart Women Grants,” micro-grants that support women’s small business start-up and expansion, community development, etc.  Since the program began in 2005, Zions Bank has awarded $217,000 in grants.

Within Zions Bank and in the greater community, Lori mentors women and makes presentations as a certified “Take the Lead” speaker.

She has helped promote economic development though her service as a Pete Sauzo Business Center founding board member, Utah Micro-Enterprise Loan Fund Credit Committee member, and Salt Lake County Revolving Loan Fund Credit Committee member.

A decade ago, she worked closely with the Downtown Alliance and the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office to develop Salt Lake City’s downtown redevelopment loan package for businesses operating in a six block radius from the center of the city.

In 2015, Lori was honored by American Banker magazine with its annual Community Impact Award, given to one woman banker annually from across the U.S.

Join us in honoring Lori Chillingworth at the 40th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon, November 15th: LEARN MORE