Get to know 2012 Executive Leadership Institute participant Joann Noble

Joann Noble
Executive Vice President & Head of Institutional Banking
First Trade Union Bank
Undergraduate and M.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University

What do you like most about your job?
First Trade Union Bank is a dynamic company, with smart leadership and great people.

Who do you admire in the business world?
More women are now emerging into positions of business, political, and philanthropic leadership than at any other time in my career. In particular, I admire the work of Ursula Burns of Xerox and Virginia Rometty of IBM, as they reframe the business of technology in the age of service and knowledge delivery over product sales. I also won’t skip a story about the work of Christine Lagarde of the IMF.

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
I have received a lot of great advice throughout my career, but my favorite advice is: Trust your best judgment, constantly look for ways to bring value and always keep going.

How do you like to unwind after a long day?
Quietly, at home. I enjoy spending time with my great family, reading good books, and cooking. Admittedly, I indulge in “Project Runway” from time to time, which is a bit of a guilty pleasure.

What reading material is on your nightstand?
Typically something historical or political. Currently, I am reading Robert Caro’s first in a series about the life and career of LBJ entitled The Path to Power. It’s a great read.