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Megan Hall

Megan Hall, 39

Chief Information/Infrastructure Officer

First National Bank

Little Rock

Professional achievements
• Certified Public Accountant
• Certified Internal Auditor
• Certified Information Systems Auditor
• Commissioned National Bank Examiner at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
• Speaker and facilitator at nationwide and international events for a variety of IT, cybersecurity and other auditing courses.

Community involvement
Board member and secretary for Ballet Arkansas; volunteer at Arkansas Food Bank.

First job and lesson learned
“A hostess at Lone Star Restaurant. I learned a lot of valuable lessons about customer service and communicating with people, which has carried forward into my professional experience.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“My most fulfilling career moment was being asked to go to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2024 to teach an internal audit class. It was an amazing opportunity.”

Professional inspiration
“I am inspired by being a female leader in an industry (banking) and field (IT) where women have historically been underrepresented.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“I see myself as a leader in an executive role, being focused on giving back through building and developing talent and giving people opportunities.”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Show up each day, do your best and demonstrate initiative. I have had many opportunities come to me in that way.”

One word to describe you

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“I believe education is the top challenge facing Arkansas. Providing accessible quality public education is a critical part of developing our future leaders.”

Learning from a mentor
“I’ve had several mentors in various capacities throughout my career. My first mentor, Beverly Fox, taught me about being an independent thinker and an assertive woman operating in the business world. One of my other mentors, Johnny McCaleb, taught me about executive presence and how to interact with and be receptive to senior leaders in an organization.”

Most valuable lesson
“The most valuable lesson I have learned is that each new moment and each new day bring new possibilities. If you had a day where you made a mistake, you have the ability to learn and grow from that, and if you’re waking up, it’s a new window of possibility to continue to grow and give back to others.”

Professional “aha” moment
“My professional ‘aha’ moment was when I realized that focusing on all the resources, support and opportunities available to me at a job, rather than the negative parts or things I did not like, would take me a very long way. It is like having an abundance mentality versus a scarcity mindset, and it has opened up a lot of doors to me.”

Career dream as a child
“I wanted to be a doctor.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“I believe marketing some of the benefits of Arkansas — the beauty of the state, the low cost of living and the presence of some very large organizations — would make it more attractive.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“It is a beautiful place! I moved here in 2010, and my first job here involved traveling. I loved getting exposed to the diversity of the outdoors of Arkansas across the state.”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“I would tell my 18-year-old self that it is OK to admit when you do not know something and to risk making mistakes. I would tell myself to find the people that I aspire to be, and connect with them, build support and networking structures, and ask for opportunities to be exposed to new things or learning opportunities.”

How you define success
“I define success as living up to your potential, whether that is in your career, in your community or at home. I believe that part of living up to your potential is being authentically you and doing the right thing, always. That to me is success.”