Sarah Sanders | YWCA Women of Excellence
Sarah Sanders, CAMS
First Vice President, Retail Banking Operations Officer
Capitol Federal Savings
Sarah earned a Criminal Justice degree as well as completion of her MBA and is certified CAMS designation.
She joined Capitol Federal in 1999 as a bank teller, later serving as a fraud investigator, Account Security Manager, Remote Services Manager, to current role of Vice President of Retail Banking Operations Officer.
Sarah is a 2006 recipient of the John C. Dicus Leadership Award. She was selected from nominations by her peers from the Capitol Federal Leadership Forum class.
Sarah has presented informational sessions regarding identity theft awareness to public and organized groups.
TK: What inspires you?
SARAH: This is a big question! There are so many things. My family is certainly one source of inspiration. Each of my three boys and husband have such a unique outlook on life; their perspectives help me shift my mindset and challenge me to embrace different ideas. The sky is the limit when I’m with them!
TK: What advice do you have for others?
SARAH: Try to practice grace every day. It can be difficult to give people some grace and understand that their response is likely based on their prior experiences. Before I jump into a situation I try to consider how I can extend some grace and approach the situation with that intention. I’m not always successful, but I try to remember!
TK: What is the greatest lesson you have learned on your journey?
SARAH: I don’t have to do everything, by myself, perfectly. I am surrounded by intelligent, hardworking people who will get the job done if I would just move over sometimes. There are also times that something can be good enough without being perfect. That can feel lazy, but it is true!
The YWCA is on a mission to empower women at all stages in their careers. Diversity in leadership is particularly vital to our vibrant business community in the Greater Topeka Area.
The YWCA is celebrating 31 years of recognizing Women of Excellence in our community with the theme “Dare to be Powerful.” We dare to be powerful, despite whatever obstacles may present themselves along the way.
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
- Audre Lorde