Around the State MBA Honors Moreau As

Young Banker Of Te Year bank’s key goals for 2019 was to create a financial education program for low- to moderate-income families.

The Missouri Bankers Association honored Sarah Moreau, assistant vice president and community outreach officer and ProsperU director for Central Bank of Boone County in Columbia, with the 2020 Young Bankers Leadership Award. Tis award from MBA recognizes the outstanding achievement of a banker, age 45 or younger, employed by an MBA-member bank. Moreau was recognized Dec. 11 during the virtual 2020 Executive Management Conference.

“Little did we know that naming Sarah community outreach officer would pay such dividends.”

Moreau has spent her entire banking career — 14 years — with Central Bank of Boone County. One of the


“Te bank had to hire someone to lead a program that did not exist; someone who could lay the groundwork for its long-term success,” said Mary Wilkerson, senior vice president of marketing. “Little did we know that naming Sarah community outreach officer would pay such dividends.”

Under Moreau’s direction, Central Bank of Boone County launched ProsperU in June 2019 to help individuals and businesses learn how to build a successful financial life. In its first year, ProsperU had more than 2,600 participants in more than 140 classes/presentations, with 45% identifying as low to moderate income. When the COVID-19 pandemic canceled in- person classes, Moreau moved her classes online

Mary Wilkerson, senior vice president of marketing for Central Bank of Boone County, and Joe Henderson, president of Central Bank of Boone County, congratulate Sarah Moreau, assistant vice president  the 2020 MBA Young Bankers Leadership Award. Moreau created ProsperU, an education program that teaches individuals and 

and kept on teaching. In addition, she provided more than 70 one-on-one financial counseling sessions, helping to put individuals on a better financial foundation. Moreau has partnered with numerous local organizations and nonprofits in Columbia to position financial education at the forefront of the community.

“All of Sarah’s hard work not only benefited individuals and our community, it clearly fulfilled the goals of our strategic plan,” Wilkerson said. “ProsperU has been recognized locally for the

quality of its programming. Many of Sarah’s students have taken advantage of bank products and services to help them stabilize their financial lives.”

Moreau received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia College. She attended MBA’s School of Bank Management and currently serves on MBA’s Board of Trustees for Banking Education. Moreau is a nationally certified credit counselor through the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors.

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