In nominating Bonnie McGeer for this award, a former employee called her “the best editor I’ve ever worked with.” McGeer didn’t just help the first-time reporter become a better journalist, but she truly helped him succeed later in life. When the publication they were both working for folded, she didn’t show concern for her own well-being, but for her staffer’s future, working to land him a job at another publication the very next day. She even took the time to coach him for the interview.
Currently, McGeer is the executive editor of SourceMedia’s American Banker, an award-winning monthly magazine. She oversees all of its editorial content and maintains a reputation for helping others achieve their career goals. A tough editor, she pushes her writers to be better and lobbies for them whenever duty calls. As the highest-ranking woman on the American Banker staff, she has mentored young women to not only become better writers but also navigate the challenges of corporations that have a history of favoring men. She chairs the company’s Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance program, helping facilitate mentorships for women in the male-dominated field of banking. All the while, she oversees an award-winning monthly magazine.