Get to know Angela Byers, Community Development Outreach Manager at First Financial Bank!
Tell us how you first got involved with your organization? Or how did you get started in this work?
Like a lot of people, I fell into the banking industry many years ago. At the time, I hadn’t planned to have a career in banking but I really enjoyed learning how the banking system worked and how it impacts everything. I fell in love with lending and helping people become financially empowered through credit building & repair, reviewing the entire financial picture and offering suggestions to help save or make more money. That morphed into specifically working with struggling families through volunteering with community organizations to provide budget & credit classes, debt management, identifying and preventing scams and so much more. As Community Development Outreach Manager with First Financial Bank, I am afforded unique opportunities to fuel my passion for individual and family financial empowerment.
What are the three words you would use to describe your organization?
Client-Advocate, Giving, Different
Which of Prosperity Indiana’s five values: empowerment, integrity, impact, social justice or collaboration, speak the most to you and why?
It’s hard to choose only one which speaks to me the most so I won’t do that, Collaboration & Social Justice. It is important to affect positive change we must know what the issues are and work together to resolve and make an social justice impact. Everyone should be afforded the same opportunities to be successful and how much money we have or do not have should not be indicative of one’s success. Everyone should have the opportunity to be educated, have a good job, own a home, and retire comfortably.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher and in some ways though it’s not my trade I became a one.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I enjoy volunteering for many organizations, spending time with family & friends, and working in my yard.