It’s up to us to advocate for and develop the next generation of women in banking.



Hey there!
I’m so thankful that you stopped by to visit my blog! Whether you are a woman in banking, a frazzled working mom or a young gal searching for your place in this world, I hope this blog serves as a voice for all of you. (And if you’re none of the above, well, I am thrilled to have you here too!) Let’s get one thing straight though- I am not a self-proclaimed expert on work life balance or pretend to have it all figured out, I just want to have a conversation about it and feel that women in banking need to support one another!


Who Is the Girl Banker?
Natalie Bartholomew is a career banker with experience in a variety of areas of banking including lending, deposit operations, culture building and marketing. She currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President of Grand Savings Bank, a community bank in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma.

Natalie has a passion for philanthropy and sits on various boards and committees that serve the Northwest Arkansas region. She was recognized as the 2015 Young Woman of the Year by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce for the NWA Business Women’s Conference, was a member of the 2015 Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 class, 2018 Women In Business list,  2019 Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class, and the 2020 ICBA Forty Under 40 Class. She received both her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado

She launched the Girl Banker blog in November of 2017 in hopes of creating a voice for women in banking and working moms. In addition to advocacy for women in banking, Natalie has a passion for educating young women about the banking industry and highlighting those who started their career at a young age. The Girl Banker has been featured in American Banker, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, the ABA Bank Marketing Newsletter, and a variety of financial industry newsletters since it’s launch. Since launching the blog, she has visited 12 states to speak about the Girl Banker platform and has participated in a variety of webinars and podcasts. In 2019, she launched the Girl Banker Podcast. 

Her absolute greatest accomplishments are being mom to sons, Brody and Witten, and wife to Colt. Natalie and her family are avid Arkansas Razorback and Dallas Cowboys fans.