Women's Business Advocates

PNC recognizes that the growth in women-owned businesses offers both opportunity and responsibility. While companies owned by women are a fast-growing business segment in the United States, their revenue and employee headcount still lag those of their male counterparts.

Developing business relationships with women who own or run companies allows us to grow our customer base as we provide the insights, connections and financial products and services that their companies need to thrive.

To better support the success of this influential segment, PNC offers bankers proprietary training so that they may better understand the opportunities and challenges facing female financial decision makers. Since this training’s inception in 2010, more than 1,700 male and female bankers across the organization have become PNC-Certified Women’s Business Advocates (WBAs).

WBA Helps CPI Creative Become a Big-League Player

Since meeting PNC branch manager and WBA Lori Williams in 2008, Carol Philp has quadrupled the size of her business, Pittsburgh-based CPI Creative. Now serving clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies, Philp credits the unwavering support of Lori and PNC for fueling CPI’s momentum.

"PNC believed in me at a time when another bank had turned me away, saying my business posed too much risk,” says Philp, who provides branded apparel, graphic design, and custom promotional-product design and manufacturing. “Lori recognized our potential and has supported us every step of the way.”

PNC banker and female business owner client at an event
Philp (left) received an award from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council for her achievements as a business owner. She took PNC’s Williams (right) as her guest to recognize her guidance.

Williams’ ability to identify and fulfill the needs of women executives and entrepreneurs stems from her commitment to WBA principles. “As women, we tend to like doing business with people we know and trust,” she explains. “PNC WBAs take the time to build relationships so we can truly understand each client’s vision and offer solutions to help her business thrive.”

According to Philp, “It means a lot to a business to have the faith and backing of your bank. And to also have the personal support of an advocate like Lori is more than you could ask for.”

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Recognized for our Efforts

Corporate Awards & Recognition

High-Performance Franchise

  • Most Admired Companies (superregional banks), Fortune (2017)
  • Fortune 200 company (2016)

Diversity & Inclusion

  • "Best-of-the-Best" Top 30 Corporations for Inclusion, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce/National Business Inclusion Consortium (2016)
  • One of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign (2016)
  • Top 50 Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives (2016)
  • Diversity Leader Award, Profiles in Diversity Journal (2015)
  • Top 10 Regional Companies for Diversity, DiversityInc (2016)
  • Top 25 U.S. ERG & Diversity Councils, Association of Diversity Councils (2015)
  • Top 50 Employers, CAREERS & disABLED (2015)

Employer of Choice

  • Great Workplace Award for Employee Engagement, Gallup (2016)
  • 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, Working Mother (2016)
  • 2020 Women on Boards Winning "W" Company, 2020 Women on Boards (2015)
  • Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles®, National Business Group on Health® (2015)

Military & Veteran Support

  • Top 100 Military-Friendly Companies, G.I. Jobs (2016)
  • Top Veteran-Friendly Companies, U.S. Veterans (2016)
  • Top 25 Military-Friendly Supplier Diversity Programs, National Association for Veteran-Owned Businesses (2016)


  • Community Reinvestment Award, Excellence in Cross-Sector Community & Collaboration Development for PNC’s Grow Up Great Early Education Initiative (2014)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Awards, Best Commitment to Education (2014)
  • Outstanding CRA Rating


  • Net-Zero Energy Certification (PNC's net-zero energy branch in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), International Living Future Institute (2016)
  • Game Changer Award for Project Finance Innovation, Canadian Solar Industries Association (2016)
  • Leader in Climate Disclosure, Carbon Disclosure Project (2015)