Forum Communication Company’s Prairie Business Magazine has announced its “Top 25 Women in Business” for 2020.

These women are leaders in their careers and communities, women who truly stand out in their professions. Congratulations to everyone on this list!

Brenda K. Foster
Chairwoman, President and CEO
First Western Bank & Trust
Minot, N.D.

Brenda Foster began her career at First Western as a high school intern and hasn’t looked back. Over the past 39 years she has worked in all areas of First Western Bank & Trust and now serves as board chair, president, and CEO.

Brenda has experienced the evolution of the banking industry over the last four decades. One of the most dramatic changes has been in technology. Brenda reflects on beginning her career when computers were nonexistent in banking. Fast forward to today, when banking can be done from a smartphone. Brenda is grateful and feels blessed to be part of a wonderful organization with supportive owners, directors, employees and customers.

She remains passionate about participating in the success of customers, employees and the communities First Western serves.

Brenda was recently elected as a Class A director of the Federal Reserve Board of Minneapolis’ board of directors. She is chair of the Large Community Bank Council for the Independent Community Banks of America, a member of the Minot State University Board of Regents, volunteer for Junior Achievement, and past president of the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota. Brenda is a graduate of Minot State University. She and her husband, Wayne, have two children.

Read the full issue here: