Larae Orullian began her 48-year banking career as a messenger girl in a Salt Lake City bank. Working her way up the ladder in a male-dominated profession, she went on to hold the highest position of any woman in the banking industry. She was the first president and chief executive officer of the Women’s Bank in Denver, a leader among the nation’s minority banks with an outstanding record in growth, profits, and service to women and small business. When the Women’s Bank formed Equitable Bankshares of Colorado, a bank holding company, she became president and chief executive officer and later vice chair of Equitable Bank of Littleton, Colorado. A devoted community activist, Orullian helps provide educational seminars for women in banking, sits on the World Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts, and has chaired the boards of Frontier Airlines, Colorado Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Rocky Mountain Administrative Services Corporation.