Business duo trying to launch first women-owned bank in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A business duo is trying to pull off a first in Ohio: Opening a bank run predominately by women. 

Named after the Greek Goddess of Fortune, Fortuna would be one of just a few dozen women-owned banks across the county.

According to, less than 1% of all banks are headed by women in the U.S. 

“During the course of my life, people around me have always made me believe I could do things that other people didn’t think women or girls could do,” said businesswoman Lisa Berger.

Berger, who came up with the idea, is planning on running the bank alongside Ilaria Rawlins. 

The business duo crossed paths 20 years ago when Rawlins was Berger’s banker for her company at the time.