Bowden took an unconventional path to the banking industry, beginning her career as a teacher for seven years in Wyckoff, New Jersey, and authoring two children’s math books. Having built her career with steadily increasing levels of leadership responsibility in New Jersey, Bowden ultimately assumed responsibility for all wealth management markets at Wachovia Bank. She joined PNC as the NJ Regional President in 2009. Bowden is regarded with respect as a model of class and character throughout the business community, serving on nine board committees of various groups, including as the board chair for the N.J. Chamber of Commerce. Bowden also received recognition among the “25 Women to Watch” by US Banker magazine and both “Best 50 Women in Business” and “Power 100” by NJBIZ newspaper, signs of her commitment to excellence and her community. Under her leadership, New Jersey has consistently been one of PNC’s top-performing regions. In September 2020, Bowden announced her upcoming retirement as New Jersey Regional President of PNC Bank after more than a decade.